Many Considering Shelters After Oklahoma Tornado

After the devastation in Oklahoma, many are questioning whether they would have been ready in the same situation.

If a tornado were to strike here, some aren't quite ready for the disaster, while others know exactly what to do.

For Omaha homeowner, Bruce Fairchild, as he sweeps his garage, he's just seconds from safety.

“I take a feeling of security and satisfaction of having it in here,” he says.

Fairchild has installed a shelter that's part of a growing trend.

Dan Todalen of stormrep.com shows us how it works.

It installs under the floor of your garage.

You slide it open, and take a seat.

Shut it, and you're ready for the worst.

“This is rated at an EF5 tornado, so you really can't get any safer than that,” Todalen says.

Of course, this kind of situation doesn't work for everyone, but for a facility like Walnut Grove Retirement Community, it has another option.

At the bottom floor, you'll find a room for Bingo, but this is actually the storm shelter.

Its walls are reinforced with concrete all the way around.

“It gives you the feeling of security. You know, sort of a security blanket, to know it's there,” says Arlene Coplin, a resident at Walnut Grove.

Those with stormrep.com add to keep pets in mind for your safety plans.

Make them familiar with the shelter area so it's not too big of a shock for them to enter when a disaster comes.


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