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Tornado shelters in demand after deadly storms

Even people who were lucky enough to have no storm damage from the tornado that tore through East Bernstadt back on March 2 said that storm was just too close to home, so they've decided to do something.

Larry Mason says he had dismissed the idea of getting a tornado shelter in the past, but after neighbors less than a mile away were killed in the tornado earlier this month, his outlook changed.

"I decided then that it was time to do it. We might not never use it again, but at least I got it," he says.

Matthew Moore, a salesman for Kentucky-based Storm Shelters LLC says they've seen a lot of demand for units like this since the storms hit.

"It's just a wake-up call really. People see what these things can do. It's close to home. It's real. We're selling about as fast as you can build them," he says.

He says shelters like this one can survive an EF-5 tornado.

"Five inches of reinforced concrete - this means that your property might get destroyed, but you'll be alive," says Moore.

Larry Mason says he'll only worry about one thing the next time he hears tornado sirens.

"What length of time I can get out that back door and get in here," he says.

The Masons say that the12-person unit is the only real storm shelter in their neighborhood and they hope to be able to provide some safety to their neighbors.


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