Demand high in Joplin region for storm shelters

Tuesday, May 15, 2012 | 9:34 a.m. CDT; updated 6:11 p.m. CDT, Saturday, May 19, 2012

NEOSHO — Companies in the Joplin region that make storm shelters are overwhelmed with work.

About 15 businesses in and around Joplin are working to provide the shelters. That's an increase from five companies two years ago, before last year's tornado devastated Joplin.

The Joplin Globe reports that more than 1,000 safe rooms have been installed in houses, churches and other structures since the tornado last May. Each shelter costs thousands of dollars.

The demand has created work for companies that install the shelters, with most of them reporting they have at least doubled their work forces.

Companies that install the shelters say they are being built throughout the county around Joplin. Customers should expect to wait several weeks before their shelters will be built.

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