MOORE, Okla. – A daycare, which sits just outside the destructive path that was left behind by the May 20 tornado, claims it has been waiting more than four months for a storm shelter company to install a pre-paid underground shelter.
In September, Deborah Clements says she got a low-interest loan to pay Sooner State Shelters $3,800 for a shelter that could hold 12 children.
Clements says she learned about the deal from a door-to-door salesman.
She says the company advertised a seven-day installation, but her shelter is sitting in her front yard four and a half months after she became a customer.
“I’m thinking you lied to me on purpose?” Clements said Tuesday. “You did this to a woman who has a daycare that’s responsible for the lives of all these small children?”
An employee with Sooner State Shelters told NewsChannel 4 that the owner, Randy Pluto, was in the Philippines and could not be reached for comment.
He said the company currently did not have the money to install the daycare’s shelter but they are “working on it.”
They also claim to have had issues with the City of Moore regarding their shelters being FEMA compliant.
A Moore city official told NewsChannel 4 that Sooner State Shelters does not meet FEMA 320 guidelines, which violates city ordinance.
Sooner State Shelters has an “F” rating with the Better Business Bureau.
Consumers are urged to avoid door-to-door salesmen, never pay cash up front and take bids from several companies.
After hearing about this issue, the company Precision Shelters offered to install their own shelter at the daycare for half their normal cost.