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  •  And why can't you do that? (4+ / 0-)

    You say we "can't" make people pay for safe rooms in their house. Why is that?

    The model residential construction codes are 800+ pages of how you can and can’t build a dwelling. The purpose of everything in the code is to establish an agreed upon minimum standard of safety and serviceability. When people buy a new house, we do not let them pick and choose which parts of the code they don’t want to pay for and therefore not build. There are some things where they don’t get to choose where they “risk it.”

    Example: In most of coastal Florida, the code states you have to design a structure to resist a 130mph wind speed. You don’t get to choose to “risk it” and build to 90mph. It doesn’t matter whether or not you can afford it, if you want to buy a new house in Florida you are getting the 130mph design whether you want it or not.

    If a rational risk assessment found that requiring safe rooms made sense, then I don’t see why the government could not or should not mandate that. It would certainly be less expensive than the hurricane mandates in Florida or those for earthquakes in California.

    Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read. - Groucho Marx

    by Joe Bob on Wed May 22, 2013 at 11:24:58 AM PDT

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    •  Tell people in OK they are "required" (0+ / 0-)

      to spend money on a safe house and you will see why this is a non-start

      •  That's where they are ... (2+ / 0-)
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        Ian Reifowitz, Joe Bob

        Not smart. I was going to use another word, but decided not to.

        Women create the entire labor force. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Sympathy is the strongest instinct in human nature. - Charles Darwin

        by splashy on Wed May 22, 2013 at 12:10:00 PM PDT

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      •  Well, okay then. (2+ / 0-)
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        Ian Reifowitz, PsychoSavannah

        I think I get you now. You are saying that people can’t do something; but what you really mean is they won’t wanna do something. Big difference between ‘can not’ and ‘will not.’

        Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read. - Groucho Marx

        by Joe Bob on Wed May 22, 2013 at 03:36:06 PM PDT

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