Storms bring surge of interest in home shelters

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by JOBIN PANICKER

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WFAA

Posted on May 22, 2013 at 11:07 PM

Updated Friday, May 24 at 1:56 AM

Storm shelter manufacturers in North Texas have been swamped since tornadoes hit the area on May 16.

"We're doing maybe 120 to 130 calls a day," said Tim Arp with ArmourGuard, one of the larger shelter-makers in North Texas.

For Bobby Lindamood, installing a 5' x 8' shelter under his garage floor was a no-brainer, and money well spent. He said he isn't waiting for tragedy to come knocking on his door.

"I would hate to have regrets if I didn't have this," Lindamood said.

He said the pictures of the destruction in Granbury and Cleburne from last week... and this week in Oklahoma... are enough reasons to install a shelter.

Arp said the phone calls and e-mails have been constant. He saw a spike after people watched what happened in Moore, Oklahoma this week.

"As soon as you let the phone down, another one comes in," Arp said.

At another company, a representative told News 8 there's up to a four to six-week wait to get a shelter installed.

Arp noted that some Texas counties — including Cooke and Grayson — are offering incentives to homeowners who are considering shelters. Tarrant County had a similar program that ended in March 2012.

"Price is not the big deal now," Arp said. "It's more so how long is it going to take to get the shelter placed."

Lindamood's family spent Thursday night in the shelter. They even let outside family know they were OK by sharing a picture from inside it on Facebook.

"How many people would have been pinned inside a shelter than escape through a bathtub and pray that was going to keep them secured?" Lindamood asked.

E-mail jpanicker@wfaa.com

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