Reporter's notebook: After tornadoes, Pinson man sees more interest for 'safe rooms'

Birmingham News -Ernst Kiesling, a civil engineering professor at Texas Tech University and executive director of the NSSA, has said this year's record-setting number of tornadoes has caused interest in shelters to spike. Schurmann of Plaswall is not surprised, in the wake of killer twisters that shook the sense of security many Alabama homeowners had before the storms.

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama -- Last year, 74-year-old retired engineer Jay Kelley of Pinson filed patent papers on a reinforced concrete building system he calls JayWall.

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Ernst Kiesling, a civil engineering professor at Texas Tech University and executive director of the NSSA, has said this year's record-setting number of tornadoes has caused interest in shelters to spike. Schurmann of Plaswall is not surprised, in the wake of killer twisters that shook the sense of security many Alabama homeowners had before the storms.

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