Storm shelters are all well and good, but they can't help you if you're out and about when a tornado strikes. That's the idea behind the Tornado Shield, a portable invention by Steven Anderson of Joplin.
It's a lot like a sleeping bag... you've got an upper layer comprised of two ballistic nylon layers and a pad that's sandwiched in-between that, and the lower layer is a rip-stop nylon, a kind of nylon you'd see in backpacks."
Anderson adds that he started thinking about it after the May 2011 tornado that hit Joplin, especially after thinking about his family's response:
"We lived just four blocks north of where the destruction started, and we pulled a small mattress off my son's bed and laid it on top of us in the hallway. I realized that wasn't a good option."
It's designed to deflect flying debris and reduce the chances of injury or impalement. Anderson's looking for at least 300 pre-orders at $450 each before he can begin production. An Indiegogo campaign to support production has been launched; find out more at this link.