Wynell Bolden has lived in her home in the 700 Block of Crain for over 15 years and has never needed a storm shelter.
“After the mess in Moore, it kinda scared me to death,” she explained. “There wasn’t anything left of those homes.” Bolden decided to have M&B Contracting install a 6’x8’ in-ground shelter on Wednesday afternoon, which was completed in under four hours.
Owner Raymond Moody of M&B Contracting in Altus said that it was the second install he did that day. After the tornado that destroyed thousands of homes in Moore, Moody has received an average of 25 calls a day inquiring about having a shelter put in. The demand has grown so rapidly, and the supply so scarce, any future jobs are waiting about eight to 12 weeks.
Moody explained that two different companies that specialize in storm shelters were seeking local contractors to provide the labor.
“It’s a sudden rush, I don’t want to be labeled, but I’m just trying to fulfill a need,” Moody said. Still the amount of time it will take to manufacture the shelters through these companies will push one of the installations all the way out to November, to which he will be driving all the way to Abeline, Texas.
The approximate cost to have a 6’x8’ ground shelter starts at around $3,200.