Business sees spike in storm shelter sales
After severe weather and tornadoes swept across a large part of the United States, one local business owner is getting a few more calls this week than usual.
Billy Geck with Lifesaver Storm Shelters in Leesburg says he sells tornado shelters to people in areas across the Southeast. He says he installed shelters in Ringgold, Georgia and in Alabama after tornadoes destroyed some areas April 27, 2011.
Geck says he's received about 50 calls this week alone. The storm shelters come in different sizes that fit anywhere from four to 20 people.
"Our shelters do save lives," Geck said. "We've had several people in Alabama that were involved in a tornado. They had a 10-person unit installed and eight peoples lives were spared."
There are two local displays of the in-ground shelter. They are on Ledo Road and U.S. 19 behind Hardee's.