For the past several years, sales of tornado shelters at Maverick Manufactured Homes have continued to grow.

Owner Larry Smith said that “last year was the biggest increase as a result of the Van tornado.”

From underground bunkers that can accommodate a family of five to more basic models, Larry says he sells shelters to fit most needs and budgets.

For many East Texans living in manufactured homes, Larry says finding an interior room isn’t an option so people depend on the shelters.

“The big thing about this is you're providing peace of mind. You hope the person never uses the shelter.”