Local business helps community prepare for tornado season

Early company installs storm shelters

EARLY, Texas - Kirby Cabler Enterprises is helping the community prepare for safety by selling and installing above or below-ground tornado shelters.

"It's better to be prepared ahead of time than after the storm strikes," said Charlie Cabler, one of the managers. "I've noticed in the past 5 years I've been doing this business that people don't order shelters until it's too late."

The cost for a shelter depends on location and material which it will be made of, such as concrete, fiberglass or steel, but the starting price is around $5,500.

Installing shelters hits close to home for Cabler, since several of his family members lost their lives to the Zephyr cyclone more than 100 years ago.

"Zephyr is actually where our homestead was located. I believe the cyclone killed 36 people making it one of the deadliest in the state of Texas," said Cabler.

Six of Cabler's relatives lost their lives to that cyclone.

"That was a devastating thing for us, even though it was 105 years ago," said Cabler. "That impact is still felt today."

For those who do not have shelters, remember during tornadoes and severe weather to get to the lowest or most center part of the building and stay away from windows.

For more information on these shelters, visit or call (325) 998-3426.

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