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Severe Weather Sparks New Surge In Storm Shelters

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By Janet Kim

Franklin, Tenn. -- This time of the year, severe weather can strike at any moment. That's why storm shelters are becoming more common in the mid-state. 

In fact, local emergency managers are trying to spread the word about these new shelters during Severe Weather Awareness Week, which starts Monday. Once you get a storm shelter, emergency responders say make sure you register them with your county. 

"Say something blew over on it and you couldn't get out, you might have to sit down here for a little while," says tornado survivor 

The Williamson County Emergency Management Agency says registering the shelters would only help during a rescue situation in the aftermath of severe weather or a tornado. County and city officials from Brentwood and Franklin say the are coming together to respond to the growing number of households that are installing tornado shelters, especially after three hit last month in their county alone.  

"Now we're going to search that business or house anyway but this will just expedite the process to make sure and it gives us a place, a definite place to go in the structure to look first if there are any survivors," said Williamson County Public Safety Director Bill Jorgenson. 

Registering with Williamson County is free, the form is available on the county government website. 

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