September 2013 – Kentucky Prepares for Tornadoes – Installs Storm Shelters

On March 2, 2012 tornadoes ripped through eastern Kentucky killing dozens of people and destroying many homes in surrounding communities. Luckily the Martha plant and field office had little damage and no injuries, but ABARTA heeded the warning signs and has made plans to provide safe shelter for employees in case of another weather emergency.

Two pre-made concrete storm shelters weighing 6 tons each have been installed at the field office and the gas plant.  The shelters were delivered pre-made, measure 67 inches wide by 146 inches long by 60.5 inches high and will seat 14 people.  Operations Manager, Jamie Preece, says “I expect if a tornado were coming, it would hold a lot more.”  Each storm shelter has a ventilation system, flashlights, first aid kits and water in place.  We hope these shelters are never needed and that employees find some comfort in knowing they are there.

Walter Matuszak