Large parts of the U.S. are cleaning up from huge thunderstorms and tornado outbreaks that hit this weekend in Texas, Nebraska, Kansas, and Oklahoma. In all, more than 70 tornadoes were reported over the weekend in the Midwest and Plains states. Houses and buildings in one North Texas town were reportedly "ripped to pieces," according to ABC News.

Storms like these lead home builders and homeowners to wonder what--if anything--can be done to build better-fortified dwellings that could save lives and prevent property loss, a topic that BUILDER has covered extensively. Click on the links below for a sampling of our award-winning coverage of tornado-safe home building:

Predictable Destruction: Building in Tornado Alley

How to Build a Tornado-Safe Room

How to Pay for a Tornado-Safe Room

Should Tornado Shelters Be Mandatory in Risky Areas?

Shelter from the Storm