Tornado safety information could be mandatory for hotels and motels

Oklahoma hotels and motels would be required to post information to help keep guests safe in the event of a tornado under legislation being considered at the Capitol. (Photo by Nikolas Noonan on Unsplash)

OKLAHOMA CITY — The Oklahoma House of Representatives has passed a bill that would require hotels and motels to post tornado safety information in guest rooms and common areas.

State Representative Denise Crosswhite Hader, R-Piedmont, author of Bill 1748, said the policy was suggested to her by a constituent who, while staying in another part of the state, did not was unable to find any information on security procedures during the county. was under a tornado warning.

“This legislation is a great example of a voter becoming aware of a problem, bringing it to their legislator, and working together to come up with a solution,” Crosswhite Hader said. “In adverse weather conditions where every minute makes a difference, House Bill 1748 will help keep Oklahomans and visitors traveling to our state safe and out of harm’s way.”

Tornado safety information, provided by the State Board of Health, would include the county, the location of the hotel on a map of the state, recommended safety precautions and the day and time of local testing. of tornado siren.

The Oklahoma Hotel and Lodging Association expressed support for the bill.