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State plan aimed to help tornado victims prepare for the future

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TONEY, AL (WAFF) -

Alabama is taking steps to prepare the next time disaster strikes. The governor's Tornado Recovery Action Council unveiled its plan on Tuesday. The state developed the plan as a response to the April 27th tornado outbreak.

The plan includes 20 recommendations. One of them said the state will work to increase the number of storm shelters available to the public and also explore offering incentives to add safe rooms in new construction.

From the outside, the Endras family has a normal looking garage. But look a little closer and you will see they have a safe place to hide if a tornado ever rips through their Toney neighborhood again.

"Oh wow, April of last year," said Jacob Endras. "I have to say that it is finally slowing down - that's the good part of it. It was pretty hectic from April 28th on. Things are slowly coming together."

The family had their home rebuilt after heavy debris and flood damage from the storm. Endras said he knew rebuilding had to include shelter if another storm blew through.

"After April 27th, to me it's a no brainer," Endras said. "Just living here and going through that whole deal, and walking out here and seeing what happened in the neighborhood it's really hard for me to believe that people moved back here and don't have a storm shelter."

The shelter can fit about 15 people.

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