PREBLE COUNTY, Ohio (WDTN) –Some in the Miami Valley are taking advantage of a way to stay safe from a storm if their home doesn’t have a basement.
They’re called Tornado Safety Shelters. Basically, they’re installed in the ground. They have enough room inside for six adults.
They cost anywhere from $6,000 to $7,000. The units are meant to last and don’t leak or rust.
Phil Smith says he’s already had 15 to 20 calls asking about the shelters after tornadoes left a path of destruction in the Southern and Plains states.
We asked Smith if the shelter would protect you in those situations. He says they’re FEMA compliant and will survive an F-5 tornado.
“The modern house today doesn’t have a basement,” Smith says. “So a lot of people don’t have a place to go. A lot of people live in premanufactured homes or mobile homes. [That's a] very bad place to live if you live in tornado alley like we live around here.”
Smith says you can use your cell phone in the units to call for help afterward. They also tell police and firefighters about the units so they know to look for them in the event of major storm damage to your home.