LUBBOCK,TX- You should feel safe inside a storm shelter.
But what happens when that shelter fails?
That is what happened to Mayflower, Arkansas resident Donald Greer on April 27, when a EF 4 tornado rolled through his town.
Greer said he and his wife got into their above ground shelter just as the storm hit, but a large piece of debris broke up the shelter door, knocking his wife into the wall.
Greer happily handed the door over.
Kiesling said he already has an idea of why the mechanism failed, and it is a common problem with shelters.
"There is a tendency in the industry, I think, to use a door that is less expensive that has perhaps not been tested for debris impact resistance, because there is a cost savings there," Kiesling said.
So less expensive could mean less effective?
"Indeed it is," Greer said.
Emergency management officials in Arkansas said the storm door had not been inspected by the state, and did not meet NSSA or FEMA requirements.
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