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Storm shelters keep families safe during severe weather

KERNERSVILLE, N.C. —Norma and Bill Hurley moved to North Carolina from Florida 20 years ago and have never looked back.

However, the recent string of severe weather in North Carolina has them worried.

“It’s almost unimaginable,” Norma Hurley said.

To ease her worries, Norma decided to purchase a certified storm shelter from FamilySAFE a year ago, as precaution to keep her family safe.

“It gives us peace of mind. At least I know we will be ok for a few minutes,” Hurley said.

The Hurley’s are one of the many families turning to storm shelters for extra comfort.

Eric Childers, who runs the FamilySAFE’s Southeast division, says it could be one of your best defenses against a storm.

The shelter is about seven feet tall and can support over 100,000 pounds. It’s made up of prefabricated steel that can withstand winds from a F5 tornado.

Childers says all of the shelters are bolted to the ground and can fit under most garages and carports.

The structures can cost up to $5,000.

The Hurley’s have put their shelter in their carport.

They’re hoping they won’t have to test it out anytime soon.

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