Oklahoma RV Park Owner Builds Storm Shelter
One year ago today an E-F-5 tornado ripped through Joplin, Mo., 161 people were killed more than a thousand were injured. The tornado also leveled the town causing more than $2 billion in damages, KXII-TV, Ardmore, Okla., reported.
Emergency officials said today's anniversary serves as a reminder of how dangerous mother nature can be. Now, some community members are stepping up to take severe weather precautions to help prepare for the worst.
Joe Bussell has owned the Hidden Lake RV Park in Ardmore for 5 years.
"Recreational vehicles are a lot of fun but the worst place you can be in the event of a tornado," said Bussell.
Bussell said after seeing the damage that tornadoes can cause, not only in Joplin but close to home, he decided this year it was time to make the park safer for his guests.
"A couple years ago there were tornadoes that came through Lone Gove and did heavy damage at a mobile home park, lost a life, and at that time I decided I wanted to build a storm shelter here" said Bussell.
The new storm shelter is 40 feet long and 8 feet wide, it was completed two months ago and can hold just over a hundred people.
"Haven't used it yet but it's there if we need it" said Bussell.