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Tornado Shelters: An inexpensive way to save a life

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The money the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency used to help pay the cost of storm shelters, has run out. The money the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency used to help pay the cost of storm shelters, has run out.
"I think every body (who) looks at this realizes it's a very cheap expense way to save a life." "I think every body (who) looks at this realizes it's a very cheap expense way to save a life."
RANKIN COUNTY, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Oklahoma Meteorologists say a killer tornado dwarfs the power of the Hiroshima bomb. To survive a tornado, a tornado shelter can come in handy.

T.J. Halford has had a tornado shelter since 2006. He is an insurance agent and horse breeder, who lives north of Brandon in rural Rankin County.  

Halford has the underground shelter, because his sister, told him he could  get the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency to pay most of the cost. He is really proud of his shelter and took us on a tour.

"It has these three locks to stop anything from sucking out," said Halford. "I think every body (who) looks at this realizes it's a very cheap expense way to save a life."

Shelters are actually manufactured in Pearl by a company known as Aqua Clear Incorporated, Storm Shelters.  

"Within 50 miles of Jackson we install them for $3,500," said Aqua Clear owner Grady Tucker. "That's digging the hole, assembling it and covering it up and then leaving your property."

The money the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency used to help pay the cost of storm shelters, has run out.

If you wanted to build one, you would have to foot the total bill of $5,500. But, what's your life worth?

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