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Families Seek Refuge in Tornado Shelter

MONTGOMERY COUNTY -- Eleven days after two twisters ravaged businesses and homes in Vandalia, families are now looking at options to keep their families safe during a tornado.

A tornado shelter weighing 1,700 pounds is going 6 feet underground in Paul Walter's backyard.

"Underground is the best place to be," Walter says.
                     
Walter has lived through several tornadoes in his lifetime, including the deadly Xenia tornado in 1974.

Luckily he's survived every one, but after two tornadoes touched down in the Miami Valley less than two weeks ago, Walter isn't taking any more chances.

"We don't have a basement, so this is the next best thing," he said.
 
"Our shelter is designed to withhold an F5 tornado, and that's the worst kind there is," Phil Smith from Tornado Safety Shelters said. 

He said five to seven people can fit inside when Mother Nature is wreaking havoc outside.
 
"Whatever is swirling around outside, albeit a tree, debris, a car,  whatever, the occupant cannot be harmed underground," Smith said.

The shelters are carpeted and battery-powered with LED lights and made of plastic.

"For $7,000, it can certainly save your life," Smith added.

Walter said it was an investment to make sure he and his family are safe when the next twister comes to town.    

"It's good peace of mind," he adds.

 
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