Storm Shelters in High Demand After Tornados

May 23, 2013

More home owners are considering adding storm shelters following a deadly tornado on Monday that tore through parts of Oklahoma City, flattening hundreds of homes and killing at least 24 people. Storm shelter companies report they’ve fielded a surge of calls since the tornadoes struck.  

The storm shelters are made to withstand winds of 250 miles per hour and range from “closet-sized, two-person steel lockers to linked bunkers” that can hold hundreds of people, USA Today reports. Many of the shelters are installed above the ground and bolted to concrete foundations, and placed in the back of garages, says Brad Webb with in Collinsville, Okla. 

"When the wind blows, my phone starts ringing," Webb told USA Today. "It has been ringing all day now." Webb says his most popular storm shelter is a 4-by-6-foot steel shelter that can hold up to six people. It costs about $4,000. 

Many homes in the southern regions of the Midwest do not have basements, but “have slab foundations instead of basements for economic reasons, which make above-ground shelters much more attractive,” says Matt Williams of 

Source: “Storm Shelters in Demand After Tornado,” USA Today (May 21, 2013)

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