Sales of tornado shelters going up in Mississippi

Reported by: Wayne Hereford
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Updated: 5/24/2013 7:57 pm
BLUE SPRINGS, Miss. (WTVA)--For many north Mississippians, the tornado in Moore, Oklahoma is all the proof they need to purchase a storm shelter.

In fact, some local distributors have been working around-the-clock to fill orders.
In Blue Springs, a local dealer from New Albany called Save-A-Life Storm Shelters is unloading fiber glass structures to lay in the ground.

The sturctures will be able to hold up to eight people, and that's more than enough for Phyliss Holland and her family.

She says the recent tornado in Oklahoma has convinced her it's time for a storm shelter.

"Well, I did grow up in Kansas. I've got two grandbabies that live here with me plus my daughter. I felt like I needed to do something to protect my babies more," said Holland.

Apparently, Phyllis is not the only North Mississippian buying a storm shelter these days.

"Calls have been going from one and two calls a day to 40 and 50 a day. Installation from one and two a week to seven and eight and up a week, " said Tracie Coffey of Save-A-Life. .

The business owner says shelters like these are built to government standards and reasonably priced.

"We have steel. We sell fiberglass safe rooms. We do concrete above-ground and in-ground," said owner Billy Culver.

Culver says you should be aware of where your gas and water lines are before putting a shelter in the ground. 

A crew working Friday afternoon severed a gas line, and waited on a gas company to come out and fix the line.

The line was fixed promptly by the gas company, and Culver says the line was undetectable before the dig. 

The crew was able to dig a hole big enough to hold the shelter, and that gives Holland and her family comfort. 

The work crew stressed that it's important to hire a company that is licensed and bonded to do the work so they can cover any accidents that might occur when installing the shelter. 

Gas company official stress calling 8-1-1 before digging.

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