The Julian family knows hurricane destruction and post-hurricane destruction all too well.
Holly Julian said, "Well, during Hurricane Ivan my family, we waited up for several hours watching the news, making sure nothing was coming our way and we were all shocked at how many tornadoes were hitting off this hurricane."
Holly quickly brought her children into a closet for protection, but with the invention of the storm shelter, closets are now a thing of the past.
"Now I don't have to worry about it as much, I just have to bring them out here and thrown them into the storm shelter and we're good to go!"
These storm shelters can protect against F-5 tornado winds, and Category 5 hurricane winds. They can be built into a home, inside a garage or behind a stairwell, or they can be buried into the ground.
The fiberglass exterior keeps the inside cool, while people, pets, or any priceless possessions stay safe. Many say this investment can actually save money by not wasting time and money by leaving town.
Dick Ault, VP of Storm Shelters of NW Florida, said, "You can stay and take care of your property. You don't have to worry about trying to get back into the county after you've left, sometimes the power's out and you can be there, secure your property and keep your family safe."
Officials say these shelters only work with properties that are not affected by rising water. These storm shelters range in price, anywhere from $4,000 to 7,000.
If you'd like to find out more, you can log onto stormsheltersofnorthwestflorida.com, or call 258-2752.