Storm Shelter Companies See Spike After October Storms


Thursday, October 14th 2021, 6:30 am
By: Jordan Dafnis


OKLAHOMA CITY -

Some Oklahoma companies said this week’s storms are peaking interest in storm shelters. 

Dinah Thomas with Survivor Shelters said having a storm shelter can save you from making split second decisions while under stress and their shelters are built to handle anything. 

"I would not want to be running to my car and be thinking oh where is the nearest shelter," said Thomas. "All of these shelters are tested and rated to withstand an EF-5 tornado, your bathtub is not." 

Storm shelter companies normally face a slow season in the fall as most people are concerned with spring storms. But after a week that saw more than 20 tornados touch down in the state, wait times for some are close to two months. 

A basic storm shelter costs about $3,000 and goes up from there. 

The high cost can price some people out, but a state program called SoonerSafe is helping people apply for a rebate on the purchase and installation of a safe room. 

To apply visit: 

https://www.ok.gov/OEM/saferoom/app/index.php