Welder gets into business of disaster preparedness

6:09 AM, Oct 23, 2011   |    comments
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"More and more people are waking up for ways to prepare themselves for any type of disaster, man-made or natural," Cook said.

His family-run welding company started making disaster shelters during the recession as a way to boost business in a market they felt was ready to expand.

On Saturday, they held an open house to show off $12,000 dollar food storage containers, modified from concrete truck tumblers, which also double as tornado shelters, underground emergency tunnels, along with state-of-the-art, fully-loaded disaster shelters, which priced at $300,000, come with everything you need to survive Armageddon.

Among the some 40 people who turned out were the Ganoung's, who might have found the price a little high but the information priceless.

"We can see about freeze-dried food, water-filter plans, ideas," Kaitlin Ganoung said.

In fact, Bill Tolbert, a volunteer with the Red Cross and Volunteers of America specializing in disaster preparedness, says you don't need to spend a lot to be prepared in an emergency.

"Preparedness starts with the basics - having a good plan having, simple kits that you can get together," Tolbert said.

It's as easy as making plan on where to meet, having food and water ready, and knowing how to contact family and friends. The federal government has learned even when you can't make a call on a cell phone, text messaging often still works.

"That's because data transmission through text messaging will work even when the voice circuits are down. In Joplin [after the tornado], even when all the towers were down for a 6-mile diameter, they were still sending and receiving critical text messages," Tolbert said.

Of course, given all that's going on in the world, Riley still believes the more prepared the better.

"Every country right now is rioting, including ours, so more and more people are waking up for ways to prepare themselves," Cook said.

In fact, he says his makeshift food storage shelters have started selling and says anyone looking to take preparation to the next level , he's literally got them covered .

"More people are looking for ways to prepare," Cook said.

If you would like to learn more about the disaster shelters you can find Security Disaster Shelters on Facebook, or if you would like to learn more about how better to be prepared in an emergency visit www.readycolorado.com.

(KUSA-TV © 2011 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)

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