Harrisonville company creates deployable tornado shelters

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HARRISONVILLE, Mo. -- A Harrisonville company said its one-of-a kind product can save lives, should a tornado hit and it is just starting its production line to make the first deployable shelter.

Mike Vogt, President of Staying Home, said, "It's frankly a little bit humbling.  It's, you know, almost an honor that we've been blessed to come up with his idea."

Despite it being about 2,000 pounds, the idea is an easily deployable tornado shelter called "Hide-Away." Vogt said battle scars mark where its been tested and never failed at a testing facility out-of-state.

Inside, Vogt said a handful of adults or up to 15 kids can stay safe from mother nature's wrath.

Vogt said the biggest concern people worry about is lift.  But he said this shelter will be bolted down in concrete in the back and then in the front with preset anchors.

He said the company hit the ground running since they unveiled the product to the public in March. The company bought a new warehouse, had to hire more employees and buy thousands of pounds of steel to start producing the shelters because they've already got prospective clients.

But Vogt is also working on another model.

"After the Sandy Hook shootings, a friend of mine suggested that we look at making the same shelter but adding the characteristic of making it ballistic proof to the tornado proof element," he said.

Vogt said it could hold up to 26 students and one teacher.

"In well under a minute, have the entire class and have them secure, whether its storm related danger, whether its a intruder, whether its a safety issue and so we're pretty excited about what this might mean," Vogt said.

Depending on the size and type, these shelters could cost you anywhere from $3,500 to $12,000.

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