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Vandalia Residents Fear Talk of Severe Weather, Tornado Shelter Business Busy

VANDALIA -- When severe weather strikes, think about your plan to get to safety. For those who have lived through tornadoes, any talk of severe weather is frightening.

"You could hear it through every wall, it was like surround sound turned up to the max," said Ashley Lairson who is still traumatized after a tornado ripped right through her Vandalia neighborhood last Halloween.

"It just felt like the house was going to fall apart, it sounded like a jet engine was about to land on our house, it was pretty terrifying."

Now even cloudy skies make Lairson uneasy.

"We've already had an incident where tornado sirens went off after the tornado, so it gets you a little freaked out. Even when I hear airplanes it gets you a little ... because the sound is just unforgettable."

Her young son, Jaydon, remembers, "There's a piece of glass of our window all over the place."

Even just talk of severe weather has Phil Smith busy.

"Nobody thinks about tornado shelters until the devastation happens anywhere in the country," said Smith who owns Tornado Safety Shelters and answered about 15 calls just this morning. These backyard safety shelters cost anywhere between $6,000-$7,000, and could be in within two weeks. Smith says he is installing more than a dozen a month, and he is expecting business to pick up.

"The more, the better for the people of Ohio."

Ashley Lairson says her family may not have a storms shelter, but they now have a safety plan in place; and will be glued to technology waiting for any sort of warnings.

Our meteorologists will help keep you safe, but in the event you have to take shelter, and you cannot watch us on your cell phone, having a NOAA radio is a good idea. You can get them for as little as $15, and it could be a lifesaver.

 
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