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A Safe Room is a Good Alternative to a Basement During a Tornado

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Devastating tornadoes have hit the Ozarks several times over the past few years. As a result, many residents are looking to be better prepared for the next storm. Ksmu's Jana Greer reports.

People without basements in their homes no longer have to cringe when they hear tornado sirens. At least not if they have a safe room. A safe room is a small shed-like building made of either cement or steel. It can be installed in your house, garage or even in your basement for extra protection. The room is made to withstand winds up to 250 mph. The University of Missouri Extension is reminding the public that these structures can be a good alternative to a basement.

Robert Schultheis is the Natural Resource Engineering Specialist for the MU Extension. He says the safe room can protect families in severe weather.

Having a safe room installed can range anywhere from $2500 to $5000. The rooms come in different shapes and sizes to fit up to 12 people. Before buying a safe room experts advice you to make sure that it is FEMA approved.