BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - As we enter the height of severe weather season, more people may be asking themselves, should we invest in a personal storm shelter?
Clint Haynes with Torshel Storm Shelter said he’s been busy installing in-ground storm shelters.
“What we’re hearing from customers is, I don’t think I’m safe enough in my house. I don’t think I’m safe enough in my basement, and I need more protection,” said Haynes.
That’s why more people are turning to shelters for their homes. Haynes showed us two shelters purchased by customers.
“This is a quarter-inch steel for the roof,” said Haynes as he pointed to an in-ground shelter installed inside a garage in Holly Pond.
“A lot of time people will feel safe underground. So, this unit has five cubic yards of concrete surrounding it,” he continued.
Haynes said there are underground and above ground shelters. “This is our 4x6 safe room,” he said.
Haynes said these shelters have been ideal for older people because they’re above ground and can withstand an EF-5 tornado.
Haynes said families are concerned that taking shelter in a bathroom or hallway isn’t as safe.
“With the constant meteorologist saying we’re in a polygon, we’re in a danger zone, it’s in your county and you need to be in a safe zone, and for the people who call us say they’re not safe enough,” Haynes said.
If you’re interested in getting one of the shelters installed, visit their website.