The more I think about, the better a tornado shelter sounds, even here at the south end of Tornado Alley.
I was in Oklahoma last week to cover the aftermath of the killer storms that swept through the state and saw, first-hand, the benefits of a full-blown storm cellar. Near the town of Shawnee, families that had shelters were un-hurt, even if their homes were destroyed. Neighbors who had not built shelters often had physical injuries to deal with, along with the loss of a house.
No, it isn't cheap to build a tornado-resistant space (I've covered enough storms to know there's no such thing as a tornado-proof structure); they can cost $5,000 or more. But when you see the clean-swept concrete pads where homes once stood in Granbury, you realize that protection might have been a bargain at any price.
You'll find impartial advice and recommendations for making your home more storm-resistant at the website of the Federal Alliance for Safe Homes: www.flash.org