Area Business Prepares for Severe Weather

Published 03/21 2014 06:00PM

Updated 03/21 2014 09:43PM

(CRAIG, Mo.) Preparing for severe weather may seem like a small chore, but it could save your life.

Skid-loader, concrete and fiber glass- a combo that could save your life.

"Survival mode as quick as you can want to get to someplace safe," said Karl Forehand.

Forehand is the safety manager at Golden Triangle Energy in Craig and says he's been through tornadoes himself.

Which is why the company installed a storm shelter for employees in case of an emergency.

"It will make us feel more secure to have a place we can go," added Forehand.

A residential bunker holds about 4 people. A business bunker will fit up to 20 people.

The door is mounted at an angle to stop debris from rolling over on top.

It also makes it easier to open in case debris piles up on top.

"As you've seen over the last couple of years the bigger tornadoes are not leaving much behind," said Steve Reed.

Reed owns and operates SR Storm Shelter Sales & Installations, LLC in Maryville, Missouri.

After searching for a storm shelter for his home and coming up empty-handed he decided to start his on business.

He says the safest place to be during a tornado is underground.

"Number one thing is is security," added Reed.

The shelter costs less than $4,000 and only takes 2 days to install.

In light of the Joplin tornado in 2011, businesses and homeowners all want to be prepared for the worst.

"Just knowing that if a tornado's coming or you have bad weather, you have a place to go that you can fill safe," said Reed.

Reed wants to make sure people are aware that a disaster could strike at any moment.

"Everyone sees the devastation and then starts buying. Try to act beforehand," added Reed.

The deadliest tornado in US history happened in Missouri in 1925.

The Tri-State tornado killed 695 people in Missouri, Illinois and Indiana.

Reed builds shelters within a 100 mile radius of northwest Missouri.

That area includes northwest Missouri, southwest Iowa, northeast Kansas and southeast Nebraska.

To learn more about storm shelters, click here.

To contact Steve Reed, call (660) 541-1834.

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