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Safe rooms protect from storm destruction and gunfire

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Being in the path of a tornado is a frightening experience Leslie Tullos can relate to. Being in the path of a tornado is a frightening experience Leslie Tullos can relate to.
It looks like a large freezer inside of their garage, but the Tullos' 4' by 8' safe room made of steel is equipped with food and other supplies to keep the family safe when a storm strikes. It looks like a large freezer inside of their garage, but the Tullos' 4' by 8' safe room made of steel is equipped with food and other supplies to keep the family safe when a storm strikes.
MADISON COUNTY, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

During this time two years ago, more than 200 people were killed when a violent storm system swept across the Southeast. The storms fired up more than 100 twisters in Mississippi and other parts of the South.

Being in the path of a tornado is a frightening experience Leslie Tullos can relate to.

"We had it go over us. Luckily it didn't touch down, but we were in the bathtub with the pillows and blankets and my husband said 'this is crazy,'" recalls Tullos.

Shortly after the tornado, Tullos and her husband bought a safe room and started the company Tornado Shelters of Jackson.

"We can install these in garages we can install them in homes, new construction and existing construction," said Tullos.

It looks like a large freezer inside of their garage, but the Tullos' 4' by 8' safe room made of steel is equipped with food and other supplies to keep the family safe when a storm strikes.

"This unit will sustain the highest winds known to man. It has been tested and it's FEMA approved," said Tullos.

The safe rooms sold by the Tullos' company can withstand beyond an F5 tornado and can hold more than 100,000 pounds on top of it. The rooms are also built with air vents that have deflectors, which keep harmful debris from getting in.

Tullos said safe rooms start out around $5,000. She said banks often offer small business loans to build a safe room. If money is tight, Tullos recommends splitting the cost and sharing the room with friends and family who live nearby.

"When you look at what we pay for insurance and so many other things in life, when you're talking about your life, what value do you put on that?," said Tullos.

Tornado Shelter of Jackson safe rooms are also bullet proof to class two handguns.

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