The “Three Little Pigs” children’s story has a message for adults. For eons, tornado-like winds have followed predictable paths. Like the first two piggies, we build fragile homes. I live in one of those “stick” homes and have been spared twice.
Traveling west from Liberty on 291 Highway, there are thousands of acres of farmland that will have stick homes. One day the Wolf will “huff and huff,” and the destruction will be horrendous. Many lives will be affected. If we continue to build fragile homes in tornado-prone areas, insurance rates will go out of sight.
There are safer designs and better materials that will resist high winds and protect lives, but few builders have the know-how. It is time for the insurance companies to offer large premium reductions and for FEMA to offer large tax breaks to encourage building these safer designs.
Darrell L. Apple