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Storm shelters made in Yulee stand up to the Moore, Oklahoma tornado

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FERNANDINA BEACH, Fla. -- Eric Childers builds shelters for Family Safe Southeast, a company with manufacturing in Nassau County. 

One of his shelters got a test run Thursday night when a tornado touched down and moved through Fernandina Beach.

Resident Clinch Kavanaugh had installed one of the shelters in his garage.

"When I heard there were tornadoes on the ground I grabbed my pup, a hot spot and my Ipad, ran in and slammed the door," he said.

He says he spent about 30 minutes in the shelter, rated to handle an EF-5 tornado, the strongest on the Enhanced Fujita scale.

The Nassau County tornado passed well to his east, so no damage was done to his property.

"But I was worry free in here, total peace of mind," he said.

Childers says he's installed dozens of these shelters across Florida and the southeast. But says the bulk of the business for these is now in the Midwest.

The real test for his shelters, he says, was in Moore, Oklahoma the day of the EF-5 tornado.

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"We got a picture and you can see the shelter standing, the home is collapsed entirely around it," Childers said.

Childers says the shelters run between $4,000 and $6,000 delivered and installed.

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