Interest In Storm Shelters Increases In Texas Panhandle

LUBBOCK (July 1, 2013)--Interest in tornado shelters appears to be increasing in the Texas Panhandle, particularly as officials in Lubbock make a push to heighten tornado awareness.

An effort is underway to find out how many area residents have access to shelters and how many shelters are being built, but the president of one Amarillo concrete company says calls for new shelters are pouring in, and a Lubbock homebuilder says he's seen strong interest from buyers of new homes in having a shelter or a basement.

Recent deadly tornadoes this year in North Texas and Moore, Okla., heightened interest in the shelters, but Lubbock Mayor Glen Robertson says making them a requirement could drive up costs and price out some residents.

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