Storm shelter sales up after deadly tornado outbreak - KCTV5

Storm shelter sales up after deadly tornado outbreak

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HARRISONVILLE, MO (KCTV) -

Spring storms are already wreaking havoc and causing deaths, which is why some residents are investing in shelters so that they can stay safe.

The newest addition to Dan and Jan Weddle's home is a 3-by-5-foot storm shelter they just installed last week.

They say the 6.5-foot tall shelter has given them peace of mind. The shelter cost just under $4,800.

"We didn't get shook up like we did last year. It is just knowing we could take a few steps and come out and into our shelter and be safe," Dan Weddle said.

The Weddles hired Harrisonville-based Staying Home Corporation to build and install the shelter, which can withstand an EF-5 tornado.

President Mike Vogt has been inundated with phone calls about his services.

"(Monday) was a unique day for us, and one we haven't experienced before. We think we may have another day like it tomorrow," Vogt said.

That is because the company only started making the shelters last year. This is its first official storm season, and it is one that hits close to home.

"One of our welders here on the shop floor had a friend whose grandson was killed in the tornado last night," Vogt said.

It is that kind of tragedy residents, like the Weddles, are hoping to prevent, even if it means spending a little more for a shelter.

"How can you put a price on your life," Dan Weddle asked.

And it is not just residents interested in these storm shelters.

The school district in Holden, MO, is looking at installing these to protect their 260 students.

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