Last Updated: July 18, 2023 When it's tornado season, the importance of storm safety is top-of-mind. You know a tornado storm shelter can make the difference between life and death if a tornado touches down. If you haven't gotten around to purchasing one yet, the experiences of these Oklahomans might give you the motivation you need.
Sheltered below-ground with no time to spare
Don and Dusti Wilcox of Latimer County, Okla., were out in their yard watching a storm roll in when they spotted a funnel cloud just behind their house. They moved into action. They headed for their underground storm shelter and made it to safety with no time to spare. “We just barely got in,” Don said.
Dusti said the experience scared her, but she was okay until she viewed the storm's aftermath. The destruction brought her to tears. When they walked out of their shelter, they saw that two of their buildings were destroyed and most of their trees were shredded by the EF1 tornado. They felt lucky to be alive.
“Best money we ever spent,” Dusti told News on 6 reporter Tess Maune. “It'll save your life. It really will,” Don agreed. The couple had the storm shelter installed last summer.
Three-hour-old storm shelter called into action
Moore resident Melanie Ross Douvillier's Survive-A-Storm Shelter was only three hours old when she rode out an EF2 tornado inside it, along with her two dogs. When they exited, Melanie found trees in her neighborhood split in half and roofs blown off nearby buildings. “It was ironic because I told the installers, ‘We’re supposed to get some weather tonight, so let’s hope I don’t need it,’” she said. “We laughed about it.”
By the day after the storm, Melanie’s overwhelming feeling was gratitude — that she had been “lucky” enough to have a life-saving storm shelter in place. “It was extremely scary, but I felt blessed,” Douvillier said. “I felt like an angel was watching over me. What are the chances of us having a shelter installed and within three hours I’m in it?”
Planning is your best storm shelter strategy for tornados
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