Man gets trapped in storm shelter during severe weather

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OKLAHOMA – The sound of safety.

“It’s like, alright, we’re officially in the Oklahoma bunker hunker right now. It was kind of cool,” said Ron Guthrie.

The Guthrie family made the most of the severe weather in their storm shelter.

It helped ease the stress of going underground their first time.

“It was good until they shut it, and I did get a little claustrophobic,” said Terry Guthrie.

Also fearing not being able to get out.

“We went across the street to tell the neighbors we were getting into the storm shelter, and we’d watch out for them and them watch out for us,” Terry said.

That fear turned into reality for another family trapped in their storm shelter during the severe storms.

“My husband went into the storm shelter, and we can’t get him out. I mean, I can turn the handle from the outside, but apparently there’s a spring on the inside.”

A frightening situation around 9:15 Tuesday night for a resident in southwest Oklahoma City near 29th and Council.

“The good news is, when we got here, they had already made it out safely,” said Benny Fulkerton, Public Information Officer for the Oklahoma City Fire Department.

Since storm shelters are rarely used, fire officials recommend testing them out before severe weather strikes.

“We would advise people, hey, if you have kids, if you have pets, let’s practice on a nice sunny day like this when there’s not a severe threat of weather.”

And, like the Guthrie family, many Oklahomans are just glad to have a safe place to hunker down.

“Laying in the bath tub with pillows on top of you. It’s like, okay, that does not feel good compared to having a storm shelter,” Ron said.

And, another tip to prepare for storms, Fulkerson said humans aren’t the only ones trying to avoid tornadoes.

He said to look ahead of time for any critters that may be lurking.

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