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"Tornado Turtle" Provides Emergency Shelter

Most people worry about whether their tornado shelter will stand up to cyclone-forming winds, but not Bruce Carmichael of Lebanon, Mo. His Tornado Turtle has already been tested at Texas Tech University's Wind Science Department. It passed the government's tests, including being hit by 2 by 4's shot from something akin to a 250 mph ground speed tornado. Carmichael says the 2 by 4's exploded when they hit the shelter, which is made from 12-ga. galvanized steel molded into a dome shape with a steel bottom.
  The windowless 1/4-in. spring loaded steel plate door locks from the inside or outside. It's 32 in. high and 5 ft. wide. The 8-ft. long shelter weighs 680 lbs. and holds approximately 6 adults, four children and a dog.
  Ground augers anchor the shelter. Or it can be covered with dirt.
  "The Tornado Turtle has no lift even during an F-4 tornado. You would be unaffected by the storm if you were inside," Carmichael says.
  Sells for $2,500 plus shipping.
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Starlite Enterprises, 750 W Madison St., Lebanon, Mo. 65536 (ph 417 532-5094; fax 417 532-8486; website: www.tornadoturtle.com).

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2005 - Volume #29, Issue #4