With spring storm season in the area residents in the River Valley were mapping out how they would stay safe during severe weather.
“We’ve got displays, you know so people can see the product and a storm rolls in and you look outside and cars will just start rolling in the parking lot. People bringing their dogs, their grand kids, their kids, you name is they bring it to get in there and be safe,” said Wes Gryner with Gryner Construction in Alma.
Tamyara Gryner, President of Gryner Construction, said normally they could get a storm shelter installed within a week, sometimes two, but this time last year they were a month behind on orders due to the volume of people placing orders.
Tamyara Gryner said the best time of year to order and install a shelter would be in the summer.
She said their shelters range in price from $3200 to $3800.
Storm shelters were one of the most common ways to stay safe, but some people in the River Valley said they found other ways to stay protected.
“I go in my wood box by my fire place. Never been in it, but I can get in it and close the door and that chimney is not going to blow over,” said Dale Stockan of Van Buren.
Other residents said they would go to local schools and get in their shelter.
By clicking here and emailing or calling the Arkansas Department of Emergency Personnel residents can find out if they are eligible for funding to build a storm shelter in their home.
If a person did not have a basement or a storm shelter 5NEWS weather personnel said hallways or bathrooms away from windows would work well also.