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Company installs in-home steel shelters as storm season picks up

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HARRISONVILLE, Mo. -- Severe weather can happen at any time with no warning. One company is offering a flexible option to keep you safe in your own home.

It’s a moment you never want to find yourself in. But if you do, Staying Home in Harrisonville, recommends an in-home installable shelter.

“Unfortunately, it’s only when it takes lives is when people then begin to take it seriously. This is one of the most violent acts of nature there is,” said Mike Vogt, the owner of Staying Home.

This is the first full production season for his company, which launched in November 2012. The group sells shelters to dealers in about a dozen states, including Kansas, Missouri, Texas, and Oklahoma. He promises the expert-tested products, made with quarter-inch steel, will keep you and your family safe.

“Everything we’ve done from the anchors to the loads that we have on the roofs, meet a minimum of not just the standards, but two times the standards in everything we’re doing. No question that what we’re providing is the top of the line safety available,” said Vogt.

Lieutenant Jason Neese with the Overland Park Fire Department says there are other ways to protect yourself, if you do not have an in-home shelter. He advised finding the most “structurally secure” place in your home, usually in the center of the house, away from exterior walls or windows. Neese said preparing before a storm is also key.

“Food, water, you want to look for having at least a three-day supply. In relation to water, you’re going to want a gallon per person per day. You need to have situational awareness," said Neese. "You need to understand that if severe weather is coming into town, be aware that that’s happening. Keep track of the weather and see what the local radar is. If you don’t have access to a TV, a weather radio would be good to have on hand.”

FEMA (the Federal Emergency Management Agency) created a list of Basic Disaster Supplies. Click here for that list.

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