2014-05-27 / Front Page

Indiana’s Tornado Season Spikes Interest For In-Ground Shelters

by Michael Stanley
Staff Writer


Owen County residents Merele and Heidi Tucker are the most recent customers to purchase a Granger In-ground Safety Shelter from Floyd Freeman’s Clover Homes. (Courtesy Photo) Owen County residents Merele and Heidi Tucker are the most recent customers to purchase a Granger In-ground Safety Shelter from Floyd Freeman’s Clover Homes. (Courtesy Photo) Driving past Clover Homes on U.S. 231 North in Cloverdale, Owen County couple Merele and Heidi Tucker spotted the ideal solution to meet their inground shelter needs.

“We live in a modular home on Fish Creek Road and we have no protection,” Heidi explained. “We have all of our supplies down in the hole and we stocked (the shelter) with water and food. We have five Yorkies we have to get down there, too, but it comfortably seats six people. We have nowhere to go here and with all of the trees, it can be very scary. Before, we would just sit in the living room hoping nothing happens.”

Advertised to last for 500 years, the polyethylene tornado shelters built by Granger Plastics Company of Middletown, Ohio are available for approximately $7,000, including delivery, installation and sales tax.


Granger Plastics General Manager Shawn Cravens talks with House Smarts correspondent Tracy Forner during a recent interview for the syndicated home improvement show at the rural Cloverdale home of Evelyn Miller. (Staff Photo) Granger Plastics General Manager Shawn Cravens talks with House Smarts correspondent Tracy Forner during a recent interview for the syndicated home improvement show at the rural Cloverdale home of Evelyn Miller. (Staff Photo) The shelters have a lifetime warranty against cracking, leaking, rotting, mold, mildew or deterioration of any kind with halfinch double wall foam filled construction. The Granger ISS also exceeds 320 and 361 testing required by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), which makes the product eligible for rebates to the public through various government agencies.

“They’ve been building these for about 30 years and they’re the leading tornado shelters in the world,” Floyd Freeman of Clover Homes said. “It’s been proven that these shelters are safer than a basement. A basement will save your life, but you can get crushed in a basement and you can get burnt up in a basement if the house catches on fire. We bury these in the ground and we have people who want me to bury them in their garage floor, which we do. But if you’re in that shelter in the garage floor and lightening hits your house, and you’re down there drinking coffee, you’ll suffocate. If you’re basement floods, you’re going to drown, so it’s best to bury it in the ground away from the house.”


Workers for Clover Homes install an in-ground safety shelter at the Fish Creek Road home of Merele and Heidi Tucker. (Staff Photo) Workers for Clover Homes install an in-ground safety shelter at the Fish Creek Road home of Merele and Heidi Tucker. (Staff Photo) Clover Homes is located at 504 North Main Street in Cloverdale and can be reached by phone at 765- 795-3293, or found online at: www.CloverHomesInc. com. A link to www.ingroundsafetyshelter.com can also be found on the Clover Homes website, and at www.grangerplastics.com.

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