While Oklahoma has a long history with tornadoes, natural disasters can and do strike throughout the country.
“It's not like weather events only happen in Oklahoma,” Cornett said. “They happen in many places. It's not like any area is weatherproof. I don't know that businesses can go anywhere and think it's risk free.
“This is our first significant weather event that drew this level of attention in 10 years. I think we're more in line with other communities that have been hit. I don't think any long-term damage has been done.”
Bad weather may be less of a concern for larger national or international companies that are considering expanding to Oklahoma, Hackler said.
“Some really large companies we've been working with have said 'We're so big, wherever there's adverse weather, it's going to affect us. We can't run from it or hide from it,'” he said. “Companies are looking for a good opportunity for their company and their workforce to get the job done. The way Oklahoman's respond to adversity shows their character and makes them valuable employees.
Reid said business leaders in general tend to be less concerned about tornadoes and other weather-related threats.
“Business leaders have a tendency to understand that risk,” she said. “The greater impact we see is from potential employees asked to relocate here. They may not have that understanding.”
With individuals, the best answer is education, she said.
“I think the important thing is to dispel the myth and tell the real story,” Reid said. “We point out that we have the best weather prediction center in t\he world. Also, most of the time tornadoes are not these great big monsters. Most of the time they're smaller, and most of the time they stick to areas that are not heavily populated.”
While tornadoes can strike anywhere in Oklahoma, parts of Moore and south Oklahoma City seem to have experienced more than their share of big tornadoes over the past 14 years.
Still, Cornett said he does not expect businesses or residents to shy away from that part of town.
“Emotionally, we're still hurting. We're still feeling an impact,” he said. “Physically, for that small section of Oklahoma City and that larger section of Moore, you're taking about another year or longer to get the infrastructure back in place. But economically, I don't think we'll be hurt by these storms in the long run.”
The 1999 and 2003 tornadoes did not slow Moore's growth, economist Mark Snead said.
“The data tells us despite the first two tornadoes, Moore was the fastest growing Oklahoma suburb since 2009,” he said. “Those two episodes didn't slow it down. My guess is three won't slow it down either.”
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