Oklahoma Storms Rekindle North Alabama Interest In Storm Shelters

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MADISON, Ala. (WHNT) - Rick Parnell moved here right after April 27th, 2011.

His response - total shock.  He says, "I saw all the houses laying on the side of 72 and the destruction laying around, all the trees laying around, and I wondered what happened here."

Since then, storm shelters have lingered in the back of Parnell's mind, until this week.

He adds, "I've been thinking about it for at least a year.  After when I first arrived here, and I saw what was going on, I said, 'It seems like this is something I'm going to have to invest in, if I'm going to live here.  And then after this happened over in Oklahoma, I said, 'Well, tomorrow, I'm going.'"

He's not the only one.

Supercell Shelters General Manager Kevin Holder says, "The phones have been ringing non-stop since we got here.  Soon as you open one email and try to respond to that person, there's another one that pops up.  It's just been overwhelming."

Oklahoma summoned something lying dormant in many of us, an inert fear, a suppressed knowledge of just what mother nature is capable of.

It drove Parnell to this showroom with one thing on his mind.  When asked what he's looking to get out of a storm shelter, only one thing comes to mind, "Survival . . . survival."

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