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After the storm, a sharp rise in storm shelter sales

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Merry Hardy of Lake Martin Storm Shelters shows off her personal storm shelter. Merry Hardy of Lake Martin Storm Shelters shows off her personal storm shelter.

TALLAPOOSA CO, AL (WSFA) In the aftermath of that deadly tornado in Moore, Oklahoma, there is a sharp rise in the demand for storm shelters.

Residents in places like Alabama want to make sure they have a safe place to ride out any future storms.

In Tallapoosa County, Merry Hardy of Lake Martin Storm Shelters can keep up with the calls from prospective buyers.

Hardy isn't selling something she doesn't believe in. She has a large fiberglass shelter in her back yard.
 
It's a modern day take on the cinder block shelters, air tight, and stocked with supplies.
 
On this day, Hardy Heads to Camp Hill, Alabama where she meets with the Brasher family.
 
The Brashers are looking to protect at least 7 family members who live along their street and possibly neighbors.

"I just couldn't turn anyone away," said Dianne Brasher  

Storm shelters are available in various sizes and materials and some can even be built above ground.

If you're in the market for one, be sure to ask the seller about installation cost.

Also be sure to get proof that the shelter has been approved by FEMA.

The average cost of a large shelter tops out at about $7,000  and that includes installation.

Read more at WSFA's website.

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