Families looking at storm shelters for added protection


All this week, Eyewitness News is helping you prepare in case severe weather strikes.  It only takes the memory of the devastation seen in Henryville one year ago, to see what kind of damage and destruction a tornado can do.  Now, there is a company that is helping families put in some new safeguards to protect themselves from severe weather.

On average, Indiana sees about 20 tornadoes a year. One way you can protect your family from a tornado is with an underground storm shelter.

Matt Wharff with Superior Safe Rooms says these storm shelters are buried underground, only the lid is above ground. Wharff says once you and your family get inside, the shelter has several "comforts of home", like a carpeted floor, and lots of storage space for food and other supplies.

Wharff says they can also build a "safe room" for people who have trouble making it down stairs.  It's a modular unit that can be put anywhere, like in a garage or a concrete area near your home.

If you want to have one of these storm shelters installed, Wharff says it can cost anywhere between $3,500 to $4,000. That includes delivery and installation.

Are you ready? - Check out these useful links from the National Weather Service about how to prepare for severe weather season.