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Survive-a-Storm Shelters help protect students


A south Georgia storm shelter company is reaching out to schools across the country to help keep kids safe.

Following the tornado deaths of seven elementary students in Moore, Oklahoma, Survive-a-Storm Shelters created a financing offer just for schools.

Welders were hard at work in Thomasville Monday building the structures that could one day save hundreds of lives.

"The best time to prepare and plan is before the tornado strikes. So we are encouraging residents and local municipalities to take action now. Get their units on order. So that during the tornado season, they are already prepared," said Sales Director Rene Wright.

Survive-a-Storm Shelters builds residential, commercial, and community shelters for customers across the country.

"It is absolutely going to grow exponentially because of the fact that we have a service throughout the country. Our units are much less costly than building a shelter in place," said Dealer Representative Elizabeth Hoyt.

But while anyone can buy one of these units, the company is focusing much of its efforts to protecting our nation's youth.

"After the devastating loss in Moore, Oklahoma, where we lost some children, we are making a large initiative to make sure that we touch out to those schools to know that they can and have an economical solution to protect their students," said Wright.

Company officials say it can take many months or even years for a school to build an on site above or below ground shelter.

"Those projects you have to go through bonds, have to wait through all sorts of things. Whereas our project we can get done in as little as four to six weeks," said Hoyt.

The higher demand for shelters is also helping the local job market as the company continues to search for and hire trained welders.

The Thomasville-based company also holds a current $153 million contract with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security as they also help build disaster housing for FEMA.

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