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Storm Shelter Scam Warning

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Melina Matthes

SIDNEY, IA (KPTM)- People all over Nebraska and Iowa are cleaning up after storms blew through Sunday.  Many people found shelter in their storm cellars, however one man said, that is not always the safest place.

"If the door isn't quality approved it won't withstand the impacts and often times it actually gets sucked right off and so if you're close to it, you're part of that suction that comes out of the shelter," said Jack Price, owner of Global Storm Shelters in Sidney, Iowa.

Price said sales of storm shelters have more than doubled since the Sunday, and the spike in sales has also caused an increase in people trying to take advantage of others.

The folks that are calling about shelters are telling us stories of folks that they've called that have offered shelters online for a very small amount of money compared to what a shelter normally costs and then telling the folks that they can just put that shelter on a bed of sand in their backyard."

Price said the safest shelters are bolted to concrete and have been tested for debris and wind impact.

“It'll withstand all the impacts.  We dropped 4500 pounds of concrete on top of it.  We've driven cars into the sides of them and destroyed the cars, dropped cars from 80 feet on top of them and bent the cars in half," said Price.

Price said legitimate shelters can hold up to eight people and are not just for protecting against tornadoes, they can also be panic rooms too.

"This particular shelter will stop a 45 Caliber at point blank range.  Our large shelter with quarter inch steal will stop an M1 Carbine at point blank range,” said Price.

You can find more tips about storm shelter safety on Price's website.

But if you don't have a storm shelter, the National Weather Service advises:
- People to get as low as possible, completely underground is best.
- Put as many barriers as possible between you and the outdoors. 
- Make a safety plan with your family at least twice a year, so you are prepared. 






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