Tornado victims rebuild and learn how to build better. The City of Oklahoma City put the experts in front of the victims today, giving them all the tools they need to rebuild.
"I looked at my daughter's face and I said, you know, I brought you to this world 18 years ago and it looks like God is taking us away," says Maureen Dwira, a May 20th tornado victim. She and her daughter took cover from the May 20th tornado in their closet, the only part of their home left standing. "She opened the door, went to the window and screamed- Mom, everything is gone around us," says Maureen.
The past two-and-a-half months have been a slow recovery process, which is why Maureen attended the Rebuild Expo to get answers. Victims from the Joplin tornado passed on tips they learned from their experience. "Two years ago, on May 22nd, we lost our home," says Frank Schaffer II, owner of FE Schaffer Construction.
"We're trying to take the information that's been learned from different tornado areas and help people learn how to build better," says William Crane, owner of Green Home Energy.
One of the ways to build better? Building green. There's more cost up front of Greentown Joplin says you'll see the benefit each month. "Last month, our electric bill at our new house... we had the AC running at 65-degrees to pull humidity out and our electric bill was $51," says Schaffer.
Another way to build better? Building safer. BuildBlock Building Systems recommends insulating concrete forms. "You have two-and-a-half inches of foam on the outside that provides insulation and they you fill the inside with concrete," says Brian Corder, with BuildBlock. Brick or sheet rock is then added to either side of the wall, lowering the odds of debris penetrating your home. This also costs more up front, but guarantees you'll save on energy.