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Posted: Wednesday, May 2, 2012 6:32 pm

When residential housing once again is healthy, we suspect that thoughts will be given to building safe rooms for protection from tornadoes and severe windstorms. In fact, it would not be surprising to see many safe rooms in existing residences built for protection.

In areas struck by tornadoes, such as Joplin, Mo., sales of small residential shelters known as safe rooms are in demand. The Associated Press reported that manufacturers can hardly keep up with demand and some states are offering grants and other financial incentives to help pay for the added protection and peace of mind. Lives have been saved by huddling inside a small steel enclosure while entire homes have been demolished.

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