Local company builds tornado shelter for employees

Appleton - It's severe weather awareness week and that means families, schools and businesses are practicing their tornado plans.  
 
Imagine hearing the sirens blazing while you are at work... Where do you go? What do you do?
 
For Secura Insurance in Appleton, their employees can have peace of mind knowing that they can be safe no matter how big the storm.
 
"We decided we needed a shelter right from day one when we started the project," said Clint Dusenbury, Facilities Manager for Secura.  He designed one of their employees buildings with one thing in mind. Employee safety.  But the building was missing one thing, and that void was filled last July.
 
"The bottom line is that our associates are safe in the event of a tornado," said Dusenbury.  "If they did not have a place to go, it would just be a very uncomfortable feeling for them."
 
It's designed for safety, and not for looks, with the goal to fit as many people in as they can.  Housed with two restrooms and venting on the walls to equalize the pressure created by a tornado, the shelter has everything to keep people safe.
 
The shelter has the capacity to hold 180 employees, and the walls, strong enough to withstand the force of an EF-5 tornado.
 
With a price tag of $150,000, some may say that's quite an investment for a rare occurrence, but for Clint, "as far as price, it's priceless when you take into account the lives it could save potentially if we would have a tornado," added Dusenbury.
 

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