Man saved by a storm shelter, now installs them - KOAM TV 7

Man saved by a storm shelter, now installs them

Updated: May 12, 2009 06:32 PM CDT

NEWTON COUNTY, MO. - Tom Starr says he entered his storm shelter just seconds before the May 10 tornado destroyed his home.

Now, he installs storm shelters.

Starr says business was non-stop right after last year's twister.

Things have slowed down a bit since then, but Starr says he still installs about three storm shelters a week.

Starr believes shelters built right here in tornado alley are among the best.

"The walls are thicker than most," Starr explains.  "They weigh about 2,000 pounds more than the others that are in the area.  They're reinforced with rebar and they have the window in the door that nobody else has."

Emergency officials say it's important to always have spare batteries and a radio in any storm shelter.


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