In Bill Stegman's office on the eastern side of Dallas, the phone is ringing and ringing and ringing again, with only short breaks between callers. It goes on for some 30 minutes, virtually uninterrupted. He says it's been like this for hours.
The powerful and deadly tornadoes that have torn through Granbury, Texas, and Moore, Okla., in the last week are fueling this activity. What these dialers have in common is the hope that Stegman, the owner of storm-shelter installation company American Tornado Master, can keep them from being the next victim. He's been in this business 36 years, and he says he's never seen interest this high.
"Not even back in 1999, when Oklahoma was hit [in] that tremendous outbreak then, was it nearly as furious as it is now," he says.
By 11 a.m. Central time Tuesday, Stegman says he had received more than 100 calls about his rooms on the day. Another 193 emails had arrived in his inbox. On Monday, he got approximately 700 inquiries combined. That was the dayRead More »from Deadly Tornadoes Drive Up Storm-Shelter Demand