"Anybody that lives in any tornado area should have (a storm shelter), but it's just the matter of cost."
Custom homebuilder Mike Barnett said an above-ground shelter runs $8,000 to $10,000; a small basement would cost $15,000 to $20,000; and a concrete cellar built during new-house construction would cost as little as $2,200.
On top of the human toll and grief, the cost of the tornado's destruction is astronomical.
Insurance claims from the area are likely to exceed $2 billion, said Kelly Collins, a representative of the Oklahoma Insurance Department.
But the Federal Emergency Management Agency is in "good shape" to support the recovery in Oklahoma and other disaster zones, such as New Jersey and New York after Hurricane Sandy, FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate said.
"We got full allocation last year with the Sandy supplemental funds," Fugate said. "We are looking to continue the response here as well as the previous disasters."
But "if we have another hurricane, we may need more money."
As Moore continues its arduous recovery, Bowie pondered the page from the children's book. It shows a charming yellow house set atop lush green landscape.
He said it doesn't just allude to the joy now lost after the storm.
"It reminds me of the laughter and memories yet to come in the new houses that will be built," he said. "The memories are truly found in the heart, not the house."