Saturday, June 1, 2013
Why No Cheap Solution To Tornado Deaths?
Just by the by, since we've just had another deadly tornado in Oklahoma. Can anyone explain why a cheap and effective solution to the problem of OK's not being willing to build storm shelters and basements (this has been extensively covered in the news recently as being partially thrift, partially market failure, partially a rejection of "government intervention.") has not been found? You'd think that a mandated (government intervention!) slit ditch behind each house and public school, possibly with a piece of clean sewer pipe lowered into it, only half above ground, would be a good solution? The rounded upper half would, theoretically, be resistant to the force of the tornado, the buried lower half would make it stable. It would be hard to clean from year to year but it only has to be useable for a few minutes at a time. At the rate Tornados are sweeping through there is going to have to be some general, inexpensive, solution. Sounds like a good time for the hated national government to put up a prize for architects and disaster relief specialists to come up with an inexpensive, easily installed, quick fix for storm shelters.