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Joplin Tornado Survivor Invents Tornado Shield

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What do you do when a tornado strikes...and you have no where to go? That's what one Joplin man asked himself after the may 2011 tornado. So he developed a product that is mobile, versatile...and affordable. 


A tornado can cause damage in an instant.  


"There's shelters set up in the city, and that's great, access is good and stuff, but sometimes very last minute...what options do you have?" asks Sam Hickey, a Joplin Resident.


Steven Anderson was one who experienced that first hand during the Joplin tornado in May 2011.


"My wife and i, and our four year old son were laying in the hallway with a little kids single mattress over top of us, and weren't feeling real safe about that at all. As joplin was ripped up, you know, so we started looking into our options to keep ourselves safe in a tornado situation. And there wasn't anything less than $4,000 for a safe room." Anderson says.


Anderson does not have the capacity in his home for a safe room.

After researching, he found the majority of tornado-related injuries are caused by lacerations. So he developed a product to help provide protection from a tornado while still being flexible and puncture resistant from debris...the Tuuli Armor Tornado Shield...or "wind armor" tornado shield.


The 60 inch wide, 12 pound product can fit approximately 3 to 4 people pending on size...its orange fabric is steel and glass resistant to protect against flying debris. It costs $450. Anderson says it gives people options.


"There is just a gap in the market that people do not have an option of anything. So you can go from a safe room to putting a bicycle helmet on and hunkering down in your bathtub.Well, we've read stories about people hunkering down in their bathtub, and they died." Anderson explains.


"Having the ability to add to getting in the closet or bathtub and yet with a tornado blanket or bag, with the lacerations from glass, things like this...you can protect your children." Hickey says.


But some residents aren't convinced of the products durability.


"In a safe room I would be surrounded. I don't think i'd feel quite as confined in a safe room as I would in that bag." says Donna Barnes, a survivor of the 2011 tornado.


Anderson understands there are no guarantees for any product on the market...but says this can help reduce the chance of critical injury.


"The biggest limitation to this is blunt force trauma. So the question here is are you ok with being impaled and having a 2 inch hole going through your body? Or lets reduce that to a really bad bruise or even a little bit of internal organ damage." Anderson says.

 

Before the product can be produced...they need to have 300 units placed. For more information, visit here or copy the link below:
https://www.facebook.com/tuuliarmor


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