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Shelters in high demand after recent storms

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JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - It's been a busy week for the storm shelter business. Sunday night's storms have had people question their own "safe spot".

"We've been answering the phone left and right all day long," said ReThink Storm Shelter Owner Keith Bullock.

"It's been very busy," said My Safe Place Storm Shelter Owner Jana Holmes. "We've had a lot of calls and done a lot of estimates for folks."

Jonesboro Resident, Roger Roush, was getting his own shelter installed on Thursday. After Sunday night's storms, he's been reassured he made the right decision for both him and his family.

"When you look at the damage that's been done by these F4 tornados with just total devastation, you feel like you have a place that you can go to that will keep you safe during that event," said Roush.

Both storm shelter businesses in Jonesboro have had the same conversation with people all week long.

"My family, my wife, my kids, they have a safe place to go and that's a huge piece of mind to be able to sit there and think about that," said Bullock.

Both businesses said people get really interested after a storm, but they urge people to be proactive.

"Where we live it can happen anytime of the year," said Holmes.

"Just like we saw last fall in Caraway it was Halloween, and the last thing anyone was thinking about was a tornado coming through town," said Bullock.

Roush said he's always thought about a storm shelter, but now, his new safe spot is more than a room.

"We already had a closet that we utilized as a safe spot but when the sirens go off it just creates an anxiety that's hard to keep calm," said Roush. "Knowing I have a secure place to go, it will give me much more piece of mind."

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