Storm Shelter Sales Booming Following Tornado Outbreak

Photo from Robert Moore

Photo from Robert Moore

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Tuesday, May 1, 2012

April's tornado outbreak has peaked many Kansan's interest in storm shelters. Some look at storm shelters as another form of insurance. They hope the shelters are never needed, but say it's good to have one just in case.

Residents of Hesston understand the danger of tornadoes. In March, they not only remembered the 20th anniversary of the Hesston tornado but also started work on a storm shelter for the community's library.

Hesston City Administrator John Carder says they decided to install the shelter because of concern over the safety of library patrons in the event of a tornado.

"We don't have the option of just closing the door and pushing everybody out the door, so we felt it was better to have someplace to take the smaller children, particularly," said Carder.

Dale Zogleman's owns Protection Shelters in Wichita and his company built Hesston's library shelter. He says the severity of this year's storm season is influencing many people to invest in storm shelters.

"We're receiving a tremendous amount of calls and inquiries regarding storm shelters... everybody's looking for a safe place to go when storms threaten," said Zogleman.

Zogleman says a home shelter can cost between $4,000 and $6,000. Larger shelters are much more.


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