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Excellence as a Standard

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excellence quote Excellence as a Standard It’s late.  The lights are dim out in the warehouse and all of the steel workers have gone home. But not him. Survive-A-Storm Shelters’ owner and CEO, Lucas Stewart, is taking his nightly walk-thru, inspecting to make sure that all of the storm shelters on the production line meet his high quality standards.  Of course, there are checks and balances in place to make sure that all of the tornado safe rooms, as well as community shelters, meet FEMA guidelines. However, for Lucas, nothing beats having faith in his products like the hands-on attention to detail that he maintains.  Only the highest quality workers have been hired and have the training and expertise necessary to work the manufacturing line.  Every unit that comes off the assembly line will be tested before being guaranteed, bonded, or insured.   A steel tornado safe room is not only one of the surest ways to protect loved ones, but think about this: the American steel we use is the same American steel that is used in the making of our military ships, planes, and tanks! So, as Lucas makes his rounds throughout the many work stations within his facility, rest assured that he is making checklists and taking notes so that he can rest easy at night, self-assured that Survive-A-Storm Shelters has customer safety and satisfaction as its center focus. If you would like to know more about America’s #1 storm shelter and safe room company, check us out on our website at www.survive-a-storm.com  or give our storm shelter experts a call to check out the many ways of financing a shelter for your own family at 888-360-1492.  We can also be found in any of The Home Depot stores in Oklahoma as well as homedepot.com.

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Oklahoma Diversity

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ok route 66 When some people think of Oklahoma, they think of the heat, the snakes, the bugs and the tornadoes that rip through, leaving devastation at every turn.  But the good in Oklahoma far outweighs anything bad that Mother Nature can throw their way.  As a matter of fact, Oklahoma has so much to offer that most anyone would be charmed and amazed at the diversity the state has to offer. For one thing, Oklahoma is home to the largest drivable stretch of the historic Route 66 where you can be sure to find many quirky roadside stops along the way.   You can also find the Gene Autry Museum where you can learn about one of Oklahoma’s favorite cowboys.  If you are more interested in the lives of the traditional American Indian, the Red Earth Museum might peak your interest instead.   There are amazing festivals and events as well as a rich history and heritage that can be found in and throughout Oklahoma. And let's not forget about Oklahoma University! OU logo The cultural diversity in this South Central state runs parallel to its geographical diversity.  Ethnically speaking, Oklahoma is home to many ethnicities with the main spoken languages being English, Spanish, and Cherokee; however, the official languages are English and Cherokee.  One of the most geographically diverse states, Oklahoma is home to more than ten distinct ecological regions.  In Oklahoma, you can find prairie grasslands, forests, marshlands, canyons, mesas, and even glorious mountain ranges such as the Ozark Ouachita Mountains. Oklahoma is, for many reasons, a dynamic place to plant some roots.  But then, there lies the issue of tornadoes.  How can one plant roots where there is the threat or fear of tornadoes?  Thousands of Oklahomans have turned to us at Survive-A-Storm Shelters where we have a full line of above and below ground steel storm shelters and safe rooms that care more than capable of withstanding even the strongest of winds and the toughest of tornadoes.  Able to resist debris and winds from an EF5, Survive-A-Storm Shelters is the go to company for not only The Home Depot customers in the state of Oklahoma, but also many other citizens who are looking for near absolute protection for their families.  And Survive-A-Storm Shelters does not just help those who live in the great state of Oklahoma, but we are a national company who has the experience and knowledge when it comes dealing with the threat and devastation of tornadoes. If you would like to know more about Oklahoma’s #1 storm shelter and safe room company, check us out on our website at www.survive-a-storm.com or give our storm shelter experts a call to check out the many ways of financing a shelter for your own family at 888-360-1492.  We can also be found in any of The Home Depot stores in Oklahoma as well as homedepot.com.

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Customize Your Survive-a-Storm Safe Room or Storm Shelter

Sharon Marie Davis
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LATEST NEWS & EVENTS, Safe Rooms, Storm Shelters

We love our safe rooms and storm shelters.  We also love our customers.  So when we receive emails with pictures showing us how customers have taken their unit, customized it, and made it their own, we get really excited.  Just the other day we received an email from a great Survive-A-Storm customer in Alabama.  He told us how pleased he was with his Garage Model and he also took the time to send some pictures along with the email.  His pictures really gave us a tour of his shelter and how he had customized it to better fit his personal needs.  As with most customers, he was using his Garage Model as a safe place to shelter during dangerous weather.  His pictures showed how he had installed a fire extinguisher on the wall along with a first aid kit.  He also had a big safety light on the wall and sleeping bags under the shelter’s benches.  He was preparing himself and his storm shelter and making it really user-friendly.  He obviously takes his family’s safety really serious and we think that’s a wonderful thing. Some of our shelters could even be highlighted on HGTV!  We have one dear customer in the great state of Indiana that really tapped into her underground shelter’s possibilities!  She had a hand-painted mural installed on her shelter’s wall complete with curtains on each side and throw pillows on the bench seating which she referred to as “the park bench”.  She said she wanted to ride out the rough Tornado Alley weather in comfort and style and we think she achieved her goal! Do you have a customized Survive-A-Storm safe room or storm shelter that you would like to share?  We would love to see it!  Just email us some pictures along with a brief description at admin@survive-a-storm.com.

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Survive-a-Storm Happy Customers

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Community Storm Shelters, LATEST NEWS & EVENTS, Oklahoma

  Ribbon Cutting Tom, OK   We love a great Survive-a-Storm happy customer story!  There is nothing like the feeling of helping people protect themselves from life-threatening storms.  Our latest happy customer story comes from the tiny town of Tom, Oklahoma.  Tom is a small, unincorporated community in the southeast corner of McCurtain County, Oklahoma.  But don’t let its THREE-sentence Wikipedia entry fool you…this place is important! Fire Chief Jerry Bob Grant contacted us last fall and said the words we love to hear: he was interested in protecting the people of Tom with a Survive-a-Storm community storm shelter.  Our team member, Jeannie got right to work creating a community shelter that would best suit the needs of Tom residents.  The results are amazing!  Since the shelter was installed at the Tom Volunteer Fire Department they have even customized the site to include a bay for fire trucks!  The people of Tom can now rest easy knowing that their community is protected from violent storms!  They recently had a ribbon cutting for the new shelter and Fire Chief Grant informed us that the community residents couldn’t be happier. RIBBON CUTTING AT THE TOM VFD COMMUNITY SHELTER If your community, organization, or business is in need of protection from dangerous weather please call the Survive-a-Storm team today.  We would be happy to speak with you and create a safe room or storm shelter that’s right for your needs.  We are so thrilled that the good people of Tom, Oklahoma trusted Survive-a-Storm!

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Fall Planning for Tornado Safety

Sharon Marie Davis
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LATEST NEWS & EVENTS, Safe Rooms, Storm Shelters

Fall season graphic1 Fall Planning People want to know that they are safe.  They don’t want to hope for the best, especially in the throes of a disaster or dangerous situation.  Instead, most people want to be prepared ahead of time for any unexpected storm, no matter what kind is headed their direction.  Although some storms of life are difficult to prepare one’s family for, (i.e. unexpected death or divorce), tornadoes are storms that we can prepare ahead of time for, and what better time than the fall? According to the Mother Nature Network, “In the U.S., tornado season tends to move northward from late winter to mid-summer.”  This makes the fall season a great time to start preparing for the next wave of tornadoes.  That is not to say that tornadoes cannot happen anytime because they are very unpredictable and chaotic; however, with hurricane season kicking in as tornado season begins to dwindle, we cannot rest on our laurels and pretend another spell of tornadoes won’t rip through any minute.  We here at Survive-A-Storm Shelters understand the importance of being prepared without sacrificing quality of life in the process. With numerous financing options available as well as multiple storm shelters to choose from, the team here at Survive-A-Storm Shelters is ready to help every resident in Tornado Alley, or anywhere there is the threat of tornadoes.  We have shelters to fit every household, every situation, and every economy.  Safety and peace of mind shouldn’t be for only those who can afford it.  Survive-A-Storm makes it affordable for everyone.  We have storm shelter experts on standby, ready to answer any questions, offer any guidance, and ease the minds of our clients.  All of our Survive-a-Storm Shelters have been tried and tested, are FEMA compliant, and are able to withstand winds and debris from any EF5 tornado.  Whether you are seeking below ground shelter, or prefer to seek shelter in a safe room above ground, the National Storm Shelter Association (NSSA) has given us their seal of approval along with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)—both non-profit agencies who have no interest in our money, but are truly interested in making sure shelter companies meet and/or exceed their standards. So, don’t keep putting it off—give Survive-A-Storm a call today.  We want to answer your questions, ease your mind, and help you in your journey to give your family one less thing to worry about.  Survive-a-Storm Shelters saves lives.  It’s what we were made to do.  Give us a call today at 888-360-1492.  You can also check out our website at www.survive-a-storm.com.

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The Enhanced Fujita Scale: Know The Facts

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  Enhanced Fujita ScaleThe Enhanced Fujita Scale: Know The Facts Just about everyone who has ever feared a destructive tornado has also heard of the Enhanced Fujita Scale.  At the most basic level the scale was devised to help rate the strength of tornadoes in the United States and Canada.  First introduced in 1971 as the Fujita Scale by severe storms researcher, Tetsuya Theodore "Ted" Fujita, the scale underwent a revision of sorts in recent years to better align wind speed with associated storm damage.  This visual below is one of our favorites because it is so easy to identify and understand the different levels of tornado damage. Survive-a-Storm believes that the old saying is true: knowledge is power.  We also believe that we offer the best protection in the face of any tornado on the Enhanced Fujita Scale.  Every Survive-a-Storm safe room and storm shelter is built with the strongest American-made steel in the industry and exceeds all FEMA 320 and 361 guidelines.  All models are made with pride right here in the USA and impact tested through the Texas Tech Wind Science and Engineering Research Center (WISE).  We over a wide selection of safe rooms and storm shelters to fit any family’s needs.  We offer very quick and flexible installation dates.  Many of our shelters can be installed within an afternoon and our Twister Pod, which fits securely into a corner of your garage can be installed within a couple of hours! Survive-a-Storm always encourages people to become more knowledgeable about tornado information and safety.  We also encourage you to make your way to our website and find a safe room or storm shelter that’s right for you!  With our website’s online chat feature we never miss a chance to answer a question about our products.  Give it a try now!

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It’s That Time of Year

Sharon Marie Davis
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Football The Oklahoma weather has been nice this week with a cool front hovering overhead.  That gets people excited about many things like raking a nice pile of fall leaves, digging out that sweater you love, pouring yourself a nice warm cup of coffee and sitting outside.  That also means it’s time for one thing all Oklahomans can agree on…football!  The weather is perfect for loading the kids in the car and heading out to support your favorite team!  Football is the great unifier, allowing people from all walks of life to come together and rally for a common goal: a victory! Here at Survive-A-Storm we love football about as much as we love our safe rooms and storm shelters.  We love gathering with friends, eating way too much, and watching a good game.  We always tell our customers the best time to buy a storm shelter is when the wind isn’t blowing!  We offer a wide-range of options from which to choose and all of our safe rooms and storm shelters are FEMA compliant and are made from the finest American steel.  We offer quick installation dates and are eager to answer any questions you might have.  So when you begin preparing for the big game this weekend, think about preparing your family for the future with a safe room or storm shelter from Survive-A-Storm.  And you want to know the best part?  We can option in a TV mount into any of our models so you never have to worry about missing a game!  Check us out online at survive-a-storm.com or stop by our Oklahoma showroom, ask for Calvin, and tell him you’re there to see some great shelters.  Don’t ask him about football though…you’ll be there all day!  

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“Never Confuse Fame with Substance” Gary England

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Gary England, an Oklahoman icon, really understands the difference between fame and success.  England had been a chief meteorologist for over 40 years was the chief meteorologist at Channel 9 in Oklahoma City, a position he had held since 1972. This has made him a living legend in the state: the voice of public safety for roughly 2,000 tornadoes. England was also the first on-air meteorologist to alert viewers of a possible tornado using a commercial Doppler weather radar.  With a cult like following, England is a pop culture icon in Oklahoma City. He has been following the weather in Oklahoma since he was a child, where severe weather incidents shaped his love and interest in the dynamics of forecasting weather.  Some even believe him to be the first storm chaser.  Many great men, like Gary England, follow the principal of his twitter catch phrase, “Never confuse fame with substance.”  Marlon Brando once quipped, “Never confuse the size of your paycheck with the size of your talent” while F. Scott Fitzgerald once said, “Never confuse a single defeat with a final defeat.”  These words of wisdom can been seen as both humbling and victorious, and in every way, these great men were reminding us that things like substance and talent can be measured in various ways, but we need to determine what is real, and true, and worthy of respect. Our President and CEO, Lucas Stewart, is one of such great men who, like Gary England, follows the principal of having substance over fame.  Anyone can become famous, but to be known for great accomplishments, accomplishments that have substance and meaning, well, that is where admiration and respect stem from.  Another aspect of propriety that Lucas shares with the aforementioned men is that of fairness.  One thing I have learned from working for a company like Survive-a-Storm Shelters is that Lucas Stewart is reasonable and just in all of his dealings, not only with other companies we use for services, not only to his family-like employees, but mostly and most importantly to his customers.  If there is a complaint, issue, or discrepancy, Lucas wants it handled fairly and refuses to be operate a big company that will bully another entity, especially our consumers.  People who buy our storm shelters are already doing so often in a vulnerable position, whether it be from fears or past experience.  Taking advantage of someone we hold in such high regard would be out of the question.  Survive-a-Storm Shelters is being launched nationally and growing expeditiously, but even still, Lucas Stewart will not waver in his belief that honesty and fairness, like Thomas Jefferson once stated, “Is the first chapter in the book of wisdom.”  If you would like to buy a storm shelter from an American owned and operated company, who believe the customer is to be treated fairly and with utmost respect and honesty, then give us a call today at 888-360-1492 or check out our website at www.survive-a-storm.com.  You’ll love the peace of mind knowing that not only do you have a solid built storm shelter, but you bought from a company with substance: Survive-A-Storm Shelters.

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Survive-A-Storm: Can we talk?

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In the famous words of the late Joan Rivers, “Can we talk?”  We love to talk around here at Survive-a-Storm.   We love to talk about all things involving weather, safe rooms, storm shelters, and storm preparation.  We believe that we have the best safe rooms and storm shelters in the business and we’re not shy when it comes to spreading that news.  From our talented welders out in the factory to our tireless team of installers on the road, we never miss an opportunity to share the good news about our potentially life-saving products. Many of our customers are what we like to call “word of mouth” customers.  These are people who have heard from other Survive-a-Storm customers how great our shelters are and get in touch with us for one of their very own.  We like that.  It shows that we care about our customers and from start to finish they are happy with our product and are willing to pass that happiness along to someone else.  We also have people who find us on social media.  We are excited about every new “like” on Facebook we receive and love answering any questions that appear on our page.  We’re on Twitter and Instagram too and love hash tagging about our #awesomestormshelters.  We also have a really informative, user friendly website with a feature that always comes in handy…CHAT.  Any customer at any time can jump on www.Survive-A-Storm.com website and ask a quick, or lengthy question.  You will always find that we are eager to help you find the right safe room or storm shelter for your specific needs. So take advantage of one of the many ways of contacting us and let’s get to chatting!  And don’t worry about talking too much…we don’t believe in that!

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National Preparedness Month:  Make a Plan & Get Your Business Back to Work

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September is National Preparedness Month and here at Survive-a-Storm we are doing our part getting the word out!  We know that the best way to recover from an emergency or disaster is to prepare for one.  We have highlighted how people in their personal lives need to make a plan, but what about that big part of the day when we are at work?  How can we prepare our business for an emergency or disaster? The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) sponsors National Preparedness Month and is a great place to find a plethora of resources outlining how to prepare your business for the unthinkable.  Resource guides take you step by step and help you create the perfect plan for your team. Survive-a-Storm can also help your business prepare for an emergency.  Our community shelters are capable of safely housing your workforce in an emergency situation.  We build them with pride using the strongest American steel in the industry.  We build them big too!  Our 10’ X 56’ community shelter is 560 square feet and can shelter 112 occupants comfortably on perimeter and center bench seating.  These shelters sit on an 18-inch thick concrete foundation engineered with several times as much rebar as required…because when the 250 mph winds of an EF5 are breathing down it’s good to know you have a little extra!  These shelters can also be equipped with optional private bath facilities including lavatories and toilets.   It’s also a great place to house your computer servers and important documents.  Don’t wait for the next emergency.  Make a plan for your business today with the help of Survive-a-Storm!  Find us online at survive-a-storm.com, in our Oklahoma City showroom.

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When Does Pride in a Company Cross the Line of Bragging?

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Its not bragging We have so many things to be proud of here at Survive-a-Storm Shelters.  And we could boast of our relationship with some of the big companies who use our products to protect their employees, like Siemens, Kia Motors, and Mercedes Benz, just to name a few.  Or, we could create a bunch of hype about being an authorized provider of one of the biggest, most prestigious DIY stores in the nation whose name is synonymous with the color orange, much like ours.  We might want to shout it from the rooftops, but that’s not who we are or the image we wish to portray.  We would much rather be known for saving countless lives and helping calm the fears of those who have put their trust in the best storm shelter provider in the United States.  We would much rather our products and our customer speak for us, as well as the processes we go through as a company as well as the hard work and determination to build the strongest, most durable, highest quality storm shelter in America.  That isn’t something we can fake.  Too many people depend on us.  Our factory workers, our office personnel, our families, and most importantly and especially, our consumers and their loved ones.  So we don’t want to brag, but we do carry considerable confidence and substantial pride in the design and manufacturing of our Survive-a-Storm Shelters.  And while our steel storm shelters are slightly more costly than fiberglass and concrete shelters, you won’t have to worry about the steel cracking or folding under pressure.  If you have yet to check us out, please do so on our web page at www.survive-a-storm.com or give us a call at 888-360-1492 and speak to one of our storm shelter experts today.  You will be happy you did.

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Oklahoma State Fair: Would You Like a Deep-Fried Twinkie With That?

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photo (1)Survive-A-Storm Shelter's display. C’mon!  Everybody knows there is nothing better than fair food, right?  Right.  So when we heard that the Oklahoma State Fair has one of the largest fair food sections in the nation we were packing our bags and loading up a storm shelter or two faster than you could say, Alligator On-A-Stick!  So here we are, showcasing the nation’s best selection of safe rooms and storm shelters right here at the Oklahoma State Fair. We have our Survive-a-Storm community storm shelter onsite that can protect your business employees or small community in the event of severe weather.  We also have three residential models that are great options for families.  Our Twister Pod is designed for up to four people and tucks away neatly in the corner of your garage.  Need a little more space?  Our Extreme above ground safe room shelters up to eight people and is so tough it meets NIJ Level 2A Ballistic Resistance!  Want to be underground?  Check out our Garage model made of 10-gauge steel that fits under your garage safely housing up to 10 people.  We are a proud member of the National Storm Shelter Association (NSSA) and all of our safe rooms and storm shelters meet or exceed FEMA 320 and FEMA 361 guidelines. The Oklahoma State Fair is a great place to make the decision on protecting your family or workforce with a Survive-a-Storm safe room or storm shelter.  Our team members would love to show you our safe rooms and shelters and answer any questions you might have.  You can find us just inside Gate 9 on the southwest side of the fairgrounds.  And don’t worry…if you see a little powdered sugar and strawberry sauce on our cheeks it was just the Deep-Fried Giant Gummy Bear!

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National Preparedness Month: Make a Plan

Sharon Marie Davis
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LATEST NEWS & EVENTS, Oklahoma

Developing a plan of action is important in the event of an emergency.  September is National Preparedness Month and Survive-a-Storm is supporting this effort by encouraging everyone to make an emergency plan.  Family emergency plans are simple to make, but can make a big difference in how emergency situations are handled. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) sponsors National Preparedness Month and has great online resources for families to use to help form emergency plans.   Some of the printable information forms include spaces for personal information as well as spots for neighborhood and regional meeting places.  Some of the great ideas on these forms include naming an out-of-state contact that every family member calls or texts in the event of an emergency.  The kid-friendly printable lists information that would help children in an emergency situation and encourages children to learn their parents’ cell number as well as the one at home. So where is your family’s safe place?  Survive-a-Storm safe rooms and storm shelters are great options to keep you and your loved ones safe throughout many types of emergencies.  Our safe rooms and shelters are made with pride using the best American steel in the industry.  We have a wide variety of models from which to choose and are sure we can help you find the one that best fits your needs.  Some of our models can fit securely in the corner of a garage and can be installed within a couple of hours.  Survive-a-Storm safe rooms and storm shelters are great places to store emergency preparedness kits as well as your family’s valuables.   Remember, the best time to make a plan is before an emergency strikes.  Purchasing a Survive-a-Storm safe room or storm shelter is the most important step in that process.  Call us at 888-360-1492, visit us online at survive-a-storm.com, in our Oklahoma City showroom or any Oklahoma Home Depot.  Here is the link to the great FEMA family emergency plan forms: http://www.fema.gov/media-library/assets/documents/34330

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September Tornados: Still On the Radar

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The 2014 tornado season has been by all accounts somewhat lackluster when compared to previous seasons.  Recent numbers for 2014 show that 827 storms have been reported while 401 have actually been confirmed tornadoes.  This general trend of low activity usually creates a devil-may-care attitude that increases the further away we get from April, May and June, the months when typically the most storms occur.   Here at Survive-a-Storm we are actively participating in National Preparedness Month, which began on September 1st and want to encourage people to remain vigilant throughout the month and realize that tornadoes are still on the radar. From 1984-2013 there have been an average of 85 tornadoes recorded in the month of September.  The main risk factor during this time is from tornadoes spawned by hurricanes.  Hurricanes usually contain individual supercells, also known as well-organized thunderstorms thus capable of producing monster twisters.  In September 2004, Hurricane Ivan wreaked havoc on nine states up the eastern seaboard.  It spawned a record-breaking 120 tornadoes, which led to a staggering 96.9 million in damages.  Speaking of money, the second costliest storm on record happened in St. Louis, Missouri in 1927.  What month?  You guessed it…September. So don’t get caught with your alarm on the September snooze!  Survive-a-Storm has many safe rooms and storm shelters that can protect your family long after the month of September passes.  Our above ground safe rooms are made with pride using the highest quality American steel and can protect you not only from hurricanes, but their spawned tornadoes as well.  We have several options, including our Twister Pod that fit perfectly into that tiny corner of your garage and can be installed within a few hours.  We have the right safe room or storm shelter for anyone.  Check us out online at survive-a-storm.com, call us toll-free 888-360-1492, stop by our Survive-a-Storm Oklahoma City showroom, or make your way to your local Oklahoma Home Depot to make this month a September to remember!

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Marie & Neal’s Story

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LATEST NEWS & EVENTS, Oklahoma

Marie and Neal weren’t home the day their lives were forever changed.  Their wedding day, May 1, 1999 was only two days before, and although they only had the weekend to celebrate their new union, they both took time off from work on Monday to travel back from their honeymoon weekend in Dallas.  As they traveled north late Monday afternoon, they had to pull off of the road several times due to the massive thunderstorms that surrounded them.  It was around 10 pm when they finally made it to their hometown of Bridge Creek, Oklahoma.  The town was scattered everywhere.  Buildings that had been there since they both were in grade school were wiped off the map.  Marie panicked and begged Neal to go by her parents’ home to make sure they survived what they could only assume was a tornado.  As they rode in anticipation of the worst, Marie wept silently, not knowing if her mom and dad were dead or alive.  All Neal could do was hold his wife’s hand tightly as they rolled up into the driveway.  The power was off and debris was scattered all over the yard, but the house was still intact, or so it seemed.  The whole back of the house had been destroyed.  As Marie jumped out of the car, she began screaming out for her parents.  She was so focused on the task of finding her parents, she did not even look to see if neighbors were around.  As Neal was putting the car in park and was getting out to follow Marie, he had gotten stopped by Mr. Blankenship, from next door.  Apparently, Marie’s parents had been picked up by one of the ambulance drivers who had been called into the area immediately following the F5 tornado that swept through only a couple of hours earlier.  Mr. Blankenship assured Marie and Neal that although her parents were quite shaken, they both were okay.  As Marie and Neal headed to the hospital, Neal drove by their own place to see if they even had a place to go home to.  Somehow, the tornado managed to miss their street altogether.  But the devastation throughout the ride to the hospital was overwhelming. According to researchers, “This violent, long-lived tornado was the most infamous of nearly 60 tornadoes that struck central Oklahoma during an unprecedented outbreak on this Monday afternoon and evening of May 3, 1999. The tornado was the 9th of 14 tornadoes produced by a supercell thunderstorm during the tornado outbreak. It formed around 5:26 PM CST about 2 miles south-southwest of Amber, and grew rapidly to monstrous proportions as it headed NE, paralleling I-44. It moved across Bridge Creek and rural parts of northwest Newcastle, causing continuous EF4 and sporadic EF5 damage. The tornado was estimated to be a mile in diameter in this area.”  There were a total of 36 direct deaths, 583 direct injuries, and the indirect injuries were too numerous to count. Eventually, Marie’s parents moved in with the newlyweds as they looked for ways to rebuild their lives, but the impact that the EF5 had on their family was too much.  Sadly, the two couples eventually moved from the state that they loved for fear of the next tornado.  Fear is no way to live a life, no matter where a person lives.  And since the destruction of tornadoes is so devastating, people everywhere have been trying to develop ways of protecting against unexpected storms that plague the nation, and especially but not limited to Tornado Alley.  If you have a story or know someone who has their own story to tell, give us a call at 1-888-360-1492.  If you live in Tornado Alley, or anywhere there is a threat of tornadoes or other severe storms and wish to protect your family and loved ones, please give us a call or check out our website at www.survive-a-storm.com.  Be informed, be prepared.

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National Preparedness Month:  Home Depot Says, “Let’s Do This!”

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September 1st marks the beginning of National Preparedness Month.  National Preparedness Month is sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and aims to promote education and awareness on how people can prepare and respond to all types of emergencies.  So how can you get started preparing for an emergency?  It’s as easy as finding your way to the nearest Home Depot. We all know that The Home Depot is a home improvement wonderland, so it’s no surprise that you can find there everything you need to prepare for an emergency.  They have it all…from glow sticks to generators.  So let’s review the basics when it comes to basic emergency preparation. I like simple.  Apparently The Home Depot thinks the same way.  They provide great options with items like Ready America’s Grab ‘n Go 2-Person Backpack Deluxe Emergency Kit.  This kit contains items like ponchos, blankets, first aid items, duct tape, hygiene items, drinking water, survival multi-purpose knife, and a really cool phone-charging flashlight!  Whoa!  How much easier can it get?  Need more or less?  These kits are available in one person, two person, and four person versions.  The Home Depot even provides an emergency kit for pets!  Five-year shelf life dog food, water pouches, rawhide bones, and a pet carrier are just some of the items provided in this pet-friendly version. Want to prepare with the ultimate in protection?  Survive-a-Storm safe rooms and storm shelters can now be found in all Home Depots in the great state of Oklahoma as well as online at homedepot.com!  We have underground shelters as well as above ground options like the Survive-a-Storm Twister Pod.  The Twister Pod is a great economical solution for people who need protection, but do not have a lot of space.  The Twister Pod is easily installed in an existing garage, carport or outside patio and is engineered to withstand EF5 tornado winds.  So don’t let September slip away without preparing for your next emergency.  Survive-a-Storm and The Home Depot are ready to help!  As The Home Depot says, “Let’s Do This!”

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National Preparedness Month: What are we preparing for?

Sharon Marie Davis
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LATEST NEWS & EVENTS, Panic Rooms, Safe Rooms

September is National Preparedness Month, and on a national level, it feels good to be unified, to be a part of something major, that unites us as a country.  The good ole U S of A is being patriotic by coming together for a great cause once again.  But then, the question begging to be answered is this:  What are we preparing for?  There are so many ways in which we could go that our efforts seem futile to name just one thing, one possible scenario that we are prepping for.  So what then?  How is this National Preparedness Month going to be acknowledged by all of America?  Well, no matter what we are looking to be prepared against, the common denominator in all scenarios is that we want to protect our families and loved ones from danger, whether it be from a tornado, a hurricane, home incursion, Armageddon, or even an alien invasion.  From the beginning of time, mankind has a built-in instinct of self-preservation and the protection of its own kind from threats and vulnerability.  We like to maintain as much control of our circumstances as possible so that we may continue to be fruitful and multiply on this big beautiful earth. A company like Survive-a-Storm Shelters knows the importance of protection and has designed and developed many types of shelters suited to handle just about any situation.  In the event of tornadoes, any of our steel storm shelters, both above and below ground, are equipped to handle 250 MPH winds as well as any debris that gets slung their way.  Some customers are even using Survive-a-Storm Shelters to protect them during hurricanes.  The American steel used in the construction of the shelters is vital to the strength and durability of each unit.  Survive-a-Storm Shelters safe rooms are built in a factory full of faithful employees who know the significance of their jobs and the fact that their work performance determines the shelters’ ability to save numerous lives.  Survive-a-Storm Shelters have built bullet proof safe rooms and even underground bunkers for those wanting to live off of the grid.  Not only is Survive-a-Storm versatile, we are also consistent—not only in our quality of product, but also in our ability to place shelters in thousands of homes, corporate offices, and communities across America.  American citizens are looking to Survive-a-Storm Shelters to help them protect the ones they love, no matter what kind of storm they are facing. This month, in the spirit of preparedness, give Survive-a-Storm Shelters a call and let us help you get equipped for the many ways in which you and your loved ones can come under attack.  We want to help you prepare for the unexpected, to be ready for whatever life throws your way—or at least anything Mother Nature might try to hit you with.  As far as an alien invasion, we just have to hope our steel storm shelters work better than a tin foil helmet. Check us out and chat with us on the web at www.survive-a-storm.com or give us a call at 1-888-360-1492.

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The Time is NOW

Sharon Marie Davis
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I’m a textbook procrastinator at heart.  I put things off until the very last possible minute.  I wait to do laundry until I have a pile that a Westminster Best in Show award-winning pooch couldn’t jump.  Birthdays?  Same thing.  If I had all of the money I’ve spent having gifts overnighted I wouldn’t be writing this.  I would be somewhere with a tiny umbrella in my drink watching the waves meet the sand!  That being said, there is one thing I don’t put on the to-do list for another day and that is preparing my family for an emergency. September 1st marks the beginning of National Preparedness Month and it’s a great time to become aware and prepare of what needs to be done to protect your family in an emergency.  Survive-a-Storm recognizes the need to prepare and provides great options for your family.  Our safe rooms and storm shelters are made with pride using only the best American steel on the market.  We provide a durable, quality shelter that fits the specific needs of your family.  We have an extensive range of models that can shelter entire communities right down to ones that can protect just you and your pets.  Our company never sleeps and our websites 24/7 online chat feature is proof.  We can answer your questions anytime.  Want to see one in person before you buy?  We have an Oklahoma City showroom with a large inventory of our safe rooms and storm shelters ready for you.  Our onsite tornado safety experts can handle your toughest questions on everything ranging from financing to installations.  We’re here to help you prepare for the worst.  So save your procrastinations for something simple like painting that spare bedroom that no one ever sees.   That can always wait until tomorrow!  Don’t procrastinate on the important stuff like protecting your family!  Give us a call, check us out on the web, or come by our Oklahoma showroom today!  Now I’m off to start my new diet and do some laundry…  

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September: National Preparedness Month

Sharon Marie Davis
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September is just around the corner and here at Survive-a-Storm we know what that means: National Preparedness Month!  National Preparedness Month is sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and aims to promote education and awareness on how people can prepare and most importantly, respond, to all types of emergencies. Emergencies can happen anywhere and anytime.  The world is an uncertain place full of the unknown.  As citizens of this planet we know that earthquakes, tornadoes, hurricanes, floods, terrorist attacks are the all too real possibilities.  National Preparedness Month is a time to educate and prepare for those curveballs; both big and small, life may throw.  First responders, on a federal and local level, do a tremendous job.  However, police, fire and rescue might not always be available as quickly as needed.  It’s important to remember that when you are prepared you are better equipped to take action in the event of an emergency.  National Preparedness Month focuses on three things to help you with the preparedness process: know your risk, take action, be an example! Knowing your potential risk is important.  Do people in Oklahoma really need to prepare for a CAT 5 hurricane?  The answer is a very simple no.  So knowing the real potential threats for your area is essential.  Bookmarking local informational websites along with weather.gov will help you stay informed. You can also learn about wireless emergency alerts where messages are sent to your phone during emergencies. Taking action is a crucial part of the plan.  Pack a disaster supply kit.  Create a family emergency plan.  Buy a quality safe room or storm shelter…we suggest Survive-a-Storm…but we’re somewhat partial.  Or simply buy a NOAA weather radio.  Taking action before disaster strikes can make all the difference in how fast you rebound from an emergency. Be an example in your community.  Show family, friends, and neighbors what it looks like to be prepared.  Share your preparedness information on social media because research shows that people only prepare when they see others doing the same.  You can find more information on National Preparedness Month at http://www.ready.gov/september. For more information about our Survive-a-Storm safe rooms and shelters call or come by our Oklahoma City showroom.  We’d love to help you get PREPARED!

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Survive-a-Storm Excitement

Sharon Marie Davis
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Excitement is, well, exciting.  A feeling of great enthusiasm and eagerness…even the definition makes me a little giddy.  Whether it’s a little thing like trying out a new lunch spot or a big thing like winning the lottery, the world is full excitement, and on some level it keeps people going.  It’s the possibility that things are going to get even better.  Here at Survive-A-Storm we have many reasons to be excited. Our great Survive-A-Storm team is exciting.  We are so fortunate to have a working environment where we feel like family and we believe every hour we spend here is worthwhile.   Our safe rooms and storm shelters are built with pride, and it shows.  From our dedicated welders and installers to the people behind the scenes keeping things going, we want our customers to receive a tornado safe room or storm shelter of the highest quality. Our customers are exciting.  People that we come in contact with on a daily basis are eager to find a way to protect themselves.   Finding the right shelter for them is a challenge we find exhilarating.  We listen to them and work tirelessly on their behalf to find just the right model they need.  There is nothing better than reading a customer review where the customer is pleased with a Survive-a-Storm safe room or storm shelter and the overall process. Our future is exciting.  We would love nothing more than to protect everyone from the disasters Mother Nature can inflict and in the coming weeks, months, and years we plan on marching toward that goal. We have some extremely exciting news for everyone coming very soon.  It’s going to involve long hours and hard work, but we’re ready.  Survive-A-Storm excitement is also infectious.  Call or come by our Oklahoma City showroom to catch some today!

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Your Mama Ain’t Happy

Sharon Marie Davis
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If the world loves one thing…that’s a happy mama, right?  We’ve all heard that old, famous adage, “If Mama ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy!”  Well let us just let every mama out in Oklahoma know to be on the lookout.  One of them ain’t gonna be happy. It all started a few months ago out at our Oklahoma showroom.  We install storm shelters and to do that we need trailers to haul them.  One of our trailers was stolen from outside of our showroom in Oklahoma City.  We initially thought it was an isolated incident and just chalked it up to bad luck.  Well, then our luck got a whole lot worse.  In total we’ve had three trailers, two trucks, and a big set of tools stolen from our showroom area, the last trailer being stolen in the early hours of Monday.  We have some really great and helpful pictures of the guy although he should have at least tucked in his shirt.  Nobody likes a thief, much less one that doesn’t have the decency of being well groomed.    Didn’t your mama teach you that? In all seriousness, this world is hard.  It’s hard to earn an honest living, but that’s exactly what we try to do around here at Survive-a-Storm.  We are fair to our employees and to our customers because it’s just the way we want to live and work.  Honestly. So we’re sending out this message today in hopes that someone wants to be honest too.  If you have any information about these robberies, please do the right thing and give the Oklahoma City police department or us a call.  And if you are reading this and are actually the person that took our stuff we would say…just bring it back.  Do the right thing.  Make your mama happy!

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Survive-a-Storm Shelter Owners:  More than Just Protection from a Storm

Sharon Marie Davis
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So often we hear the same reports from our customers, “We are happy to have a storm shelter, but we hope to never have to use it!”  And while we agree that never having to go through a tornado or severe storm would be ideal, having a storm shelter without a purpose, for some, seems like money not worth spending, especially if they have never experienced a violent tornado first hand. Survive-A-Storm Shelters’ President Lucas Stewart knows the value of hard earned money and he understands the need for customers to feel like they are getting a great bargain when purchasing their shelters.  Lucas is always looking for ways of improving and adding value to each product created at Survive-A-Storm Shelters, beginning with the engineered design of the unit, which requires the unit to be constructed of pure American-made steel.  It is not only the design, but the materials with which Survive-a-Storm uses that protect not only families and loved ones, but valuables as well. Important documents, sentimental heirlooms and pictures are great items to store in a Survive-a-Storm Shelter, not only in the event of severe weather, but also in the case of a house fire or attempted home burglary.   Keeping protected valuables locked away in a steel structure only makes sense.  Other important items to store in a Survive-A-Storm Shelter would include bottled water, a flashlight, a small radio, nonperishable consumables, some pet food, and even a first-aid kit with emergency medications in the event that a family must use their shelter for its ultimate purpose. Not everyone who buys a Survive-A-Storm Shelter thinks their storm shelter should have multiple uses.  Many are happy with the security in knowing that in the event of a tornado, they have their own protection within reach.  But for some, it is the satisfaction of owning not only a storm shelter, but a safe room as well.  Some might call it a panic room, or a walk-in safe.  Survive-A-Storm Shelters calls it comfort, contentment, and peace of mind.  If you would like to purchase a Survive-A-Storm Shelter for your own family and loved ones, give us a call at 1-888-360-1492.  You can also checkout our website at www.survive-a-storm.com

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Survive-a-Storm Safe Rooms: Hurricane Safe Too

Sharon Marie Davis
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As tropical storm Cristobal churned in the southern Atlantic waters off the eastern seaboard, people began to pay attention.  What if it developed into a hurricane?  What if it began a path toward the United States?  Where should I take shelter if it made landfall near me?  All of these questions, important, and should to be addressed before the last minute. Although it is somewhat difficult to predict what direction a storm would take, deciding where to take shelter in that event can be made easily.  Survive-a-Storm safe rooms are designed to withstand the toughest curveballs Mother Nature can throw.  Our safe rooms have been debris impact tested through Texas Tech University Wind Science and Engineering Research Center and determined to meet all FEMA 320 guidelines.  Each model is made with pride using American steel and powder coated for durability. Be aware of slight differences when choosing a safe room for hurricane protection versus tornado protection.   Typically the duration of sheltering during a hurricane is longer than sheltering during a tornado.  FEMA 320 guidelines suggest halving the occupancy of a safe room used for shelter during a hurricane.  So a safe room typically used for ten people during a tornado can only shelter five during a hurricane. As for tropical storm Cristobal, it looks like it detoured and missed the United States.  The projected path took it just beyond the Outer Banks of North Carolina near the end of that week.  Cristobal barely reached Category 1 status with winds of 75 mph or more.  As a whole this hurricane season has been below average.  No one can predict with certainty when the next hurricane will occur but you can be ready for it with a safe room from Survive-a-Storm.  Call us today!  888-360-1492

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Supercell Storms: Where Dorothy’s Tornado Really Came From

Sharon Marie Davis
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LATEST NEWS & EVENTS, Storm Shelters

Supercell graphic I am one that absolutely loves the smell of rain, hearing the crash of thunder after the lightning flashes, and feeling the rain on my skin.  Whenever rain is in the forecast, the anticipation of a good thundershower gets me a little excited.  Sure, I love sunshine and rainbows, but give me a rainy day to play in anytime.  Of course, don’t get me wrong, there are things about this kind of weather that is always in the back of my mind that I tend to shake off because, surely, getting caught in a tornado or some golf-ball sized hail would never happen to me, right?  Wrong.  It is that kind of immune thinking that catches many people unaware and off-guard when it comes to dangerous weather.  I used to be excited watching the dark clouds swirl and swish in the sky, waiting for the next twisted cloud off in the distance.  But, what I never imagined was that something so beautiful, so powerful, could cause so much destruction and devastation. Growing up with movies like The Wizard of Oz and Twister gives people some hope in spite of horrific tornadoes.  For example, in the case of Dorothy in Oz, she managed to not only live through such a violent storm, but somehow remained in a dreamlike state in a magical land full of color.  In the end, we know she must have only been sleeping, however, there were no permanent scars from her ordeal.  In the movie Twister, Bill and Jo Harding are storm chasers who manage to save their marriage and find love again while chasing violent twisters, all the while managing to never give the audience any real consequences of what an actual tornado can cause.  Even the death of Jo’s father early in the film only shows him disappearing, but not one scene of the destructive aftermath hits the screen.  Even the movie Twister uses some Wizard of Oz references throughout. Now I realize that the aforementioned movies are part of the feel-good Hollywood glitz and glam that make movies viewer friendly.  No one really wants to see the results of a violent tornado.  But for someone who has been there, someone who has witnessed the destructiveness of such a violent storm, these movies are child’s play and might almost be an insult to those who have lost everything, from their homes, to their towns, and sometimes even the lives of those they love. While it is true I am a lover of rain, a true pluviophile, like the movies, I only like the rain and storms that make the earth fresh and green.  I am also one to protect myself and those that I love, which is why I love working for a place like Survive-A-Storm Shelters.  The team we have in place has spent countless hours manufacturing products that are sure to survive any EF5 tornado.  In fact, all of our products have been tested by the National Texas Wind Institute at Texas Tech University and we are even members of the National Storm Shelter Association (NSSA) which is a non-profit organization developed to ensure storm shelters meet and/or exceed the required safety standards.  If you haven’t checked out our storm shelters, you should.  You can find us at any of The Home Depot locations across Oklahoma or even online at www.survive-a-storm.com.  You can also reach us by calling 888-360-1492.  Be a lover of rain and stormy weather, love the movies that portray the good side of storms, but then call Survive-A-Storm Shelters for safety and the reality that can come from getting caught in a tornado or other violent weather.

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Peace of Mind

Sharon Marie Davis
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LATEST NEWS & EVENTS, Storm Shelters

It seems as if time just whizzes past us as we move from one life event to another, whether it be a milestone, misfortune, or breakthrough, and while we often measure our quality of life based on these moments in time, sometimes we miss the small things in life for worrying about the big things only to find out later, those little things WERE the big things. Something taken for granted so often is peace of mind.  Peace of mind, or comfort, goes unobserved or unnoticed unless there is some sort of tragedy or disaster where the sense of well-being gets stripped away and families and loved ones are left reeling with the reality that it only takes moments for lives to change.  For anyone who has lived long enough to make it to middle school, you know how scary unexpected change can be.  As a parent, we want to protect our children and everyone we love the best way that we can.  One way to do that is storm shelter protection. When purchasing a storm shelter, the toughest storm shelter that offers protection is made of 100% American steel.  Even then, your steel storm shelter should have been subjected to a series of checks and balances designed by a non-profit organization like the National Storm Shelter Association (NSSA) or who is merely interested in the welfare of consumers who are buying them.  So what are some of these checks and balances, and who does the testing? Survive-a-Storm Shelters voluntarily subjects itself to increased scrutiny and goes through rigorous tests that include having beams of wood shot at our storm shelters from an air cannon at 100 MPH.  There is another type of testing performed called pressure testing which ensures that your storm shelter won’t leak.  All of our shelters are powder-coated to offer a better quality finish, making them more durable against the elements of nature.  Survive-a-Storm Shelters is committed to making sure that your family’s safety and protection during a violent storm is near absolute, so submitting our products to punitive testing only seems natural.  Not only does it give the President and CEO, Lucas Stewart, peace of mind knowing that he has designed a shelter that can do everything that is expected, but Lucas also knows that the added layer of security from owning one of his storms shelters takes away the burden and stress that so many families living in tornado alley feel every time the skies turn gray. Peace of mind—sometimes we take it for granted until the next storm of our life blows through.  Instead of waiting, give Survive-a-Storm Shelters a call at 1-888-360-1492 so one of our storm shelter experts can help you protect your loved ones.  We have financing options available and all of our products are made from 100% American made steel.

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Powder Coating vs. Painting…No Contest

Sharon Marie Davis
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Is the suspense killing you?  Okay.  A powder coated safe room or storm shelter wins hands-down every time!  That’s why all Survive-a-Storm safe rooms and storm shelters are powder coated to ensure that our customers receive the highest quality product on the market.  Here’s how it works. Powder coating is a process of covering an object with a polyester or epoxy powder, applied electrostatically, which Is then heated to form a protective layer, or “skin”.  Survive-A-Storm’s powder coating process occurs after our steel safe rooms and storm shelters are welded together.  We prepare the storm shelter by washing, or etching it, with an acid solution.  This solution cleans the steel thus allowing the powder coating to better adhere to the unit.  The next step is spraying the shelter with the paint powder.  Because the shelter is grounded so the shelter actually attracts the paint from the spray gun.  When the shelter has been evenly coated the excess powder begins to fall off, preventing overspray.  The excess powder can be recycled which is very beneficial in keeping the cost of the shelter down.  Then it is off to the oven where the shelter bakes for around half an hour at a toasty four hundred degrees. What comes out of the oven is a shelter that is evenly coated, rust resistant and extremely durable.  It’s also the main reason we offer a Limited Lifetime Warranty on every safe room or storm shelter that leaves our factory.  It looks nice too.  Not that pretty matters when it comes to saving your life, but a Survive-a-Storm shelter looks good sitting over in the corner of your garage unlike its splotchy, chipping, painted competition.  So if you or someone you know is in the market for the most durable, and don’t forget best-looking, safe room or storm shelter in the industry come see us at our Oklahoma City showroom at 3940 I-240 Service Road today or call us at 1-888-360-1492.

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FEMA Grants: How More People Can Gain Protection

Sharon Marie Davis
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LATEST NEWS & EVENTS, Safe Rooms

Years ago the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) began grant programs for families affected by natural disasters.  These grants are administered through the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP).  FEMA’s website defines these type grants as providing assistance to states and local governments with the implementations of long-term hazard mitigation measures after a major disaster declaration. What is mitigation?  Mitigation is the action of reducing the severity, seriousness, or painfulness of something.  In this case, acting BEFORE the disaster in hopes of decreasing negative impact AFTER the disaster.  These grants have been helpful to some, but have not gone without criticism from others. Many believe that the main problem with FEMA HMGP is the storm shelter payment procedure.  To receive the grant, or rebate as they are sometimes called, the customer must first pay full price for the shelter, then seek a reimbursement check after it has been installed.  Reimbursement payments taking anywhere from four to eight weeks proves just too long for some families to wait. Some storm shelter companies agree on a simple solution.  FEMA could develop an assignment of benefits system allowing storm shelter/safe room providers to install FEMA compliant safe rooms or storm shelters into grant recipients’ homes.  Then the storm shelter provider would submit the guarantee’s grant voucher along with sufficient documentation to FEMA for reimbursement. This system would ensure that a quality, FEMA compliant safe room or storm shelter has been installed.  It would also alleviate the financial burden that these families face with the upfront cost of having the shelter installed.  FEMA works hard to protect people and these grants are a great thing and with a few changes in process many more people could gain protection from the earth’s natural disasters.

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Survive-a-Storm’s GeoLocator Service: An Added Layer of Security

Sharon Marie Davis
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LATEST NEWS & EVENTS, Oklahoma

It’s a nightmare scenario.  Your home has just been destroyed in a tornado and you are trapped inside your storm shelter or safe room.  The good news is this possibility is extremely remote.  Want even better news?  Survive-a-Storm safe rooms and storm shelters come equipped with a very unique feature unlike any other brand in the industry.  We call it the GeoLocator Service, and here is how it works. When you buy your safe room or storm shelter from Survive-a-Storm and register your warranty with us, we automatically upload your information into our database.  Your information consists of your personal contact information along with up to five other contacts of your choice.  We also list the GPS coordinates of your storm shelter.  When a tornado warning (meaning a tornado has been sighted) is issued in your shelter’s area, our call center is notified.  We use the provided information to perform “wellness checks” on you and your family.  We start at the top of your contacts and work our way through all of them until we know that you are safe.  In the unlikely event that we don’t reach you or anyone on your contact list, we notify the local authorities in your area, provide them with your storm shelter/safe room’s GPS coordinates and ask them to check on you.  It’s that simple, but believe me, our customers appreciate it.  We’ve heard countless times, “I can’t believe you really called to check on me!  Thank you so much!” Feeling secure in a dangerous, life-threatening storm is hard to do.  Survive-a-Storm safe rooms and storm shelters are the obvious choice when it comes to protecting your family.  Our GeoLocator Service is just one more way that we are watching out for you!  Call or come by our showroom at 3940 I-240 Service Rd. in Oklahoma City or call us 1-888-360-1492 today!

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Sarah’s Story

Sharon Marie Davis
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LATEST NEWS & EVENTS, Oklahoma

“It was one of the scariest moments of my life.  We ran to the closet under our staircase to hide.  And then came the devastation.  After the tornado ripped through my small hometown, my husband and I knew we had just narrowly escaped the loss of our own home and possibly our lives by a mere few hundred feet.  We could hear it tearing through some of our neighbors’ homes a few blocks away and the sound, like that of a freight train, was deafening.  It only lasted a couple of minutes, but it seemed like forever.  My husband held our new puppy as I held my growing belly and was considering the implications of raising my unborn child in an area where tornados are inevitable.  That was 4 years and 2 children ago. So much has changed and developed where storm shelters are concerned and after much research, my husband and I decided that a steel storm shelter was the safest way to go.  The downside, or so we thought, was the higher cost as compared to a concrete or fiberglass shelter.  Thankfully we recently came across a company that sells shelters at just the right price, and just the right size.  The Twister Pod by Survive-a-Storm Shelters is a perfect fit for our family.  The unit is designed to hold 4 people and we manage to make room for our dog Bella.  The cost is very affordable and they offer financing options for even young families like ours.  The Twister Pod is made of American steel, and fits perfectly into our garage.  The best thing, however, is the fact that our Twister Pod is FEMA compliant and Survive-a-Storm Shelters upholds to the standards of the NSSA, which means someone is checking to make sure their shelters are reliable and offer near absolute protection for my family.  My husband and I have even urged both of our parents, one set who lives in Texas, and the other in Arkansas, to buy a Twister Pod from Survive-a-Storm Shelters.” Sarah is one of many testimonials and stories we hear about where Survive-a-Storm Shelters has given families and loved ones peace of mind.  Tornadoes happen quite often, and not just here in Oklahoma, but across the nation.  No matter where you live, if you need protection, Survive-a-Storm Shelters wants to be that safety net.  Give us a call today at 1-888-360-1492 or look us up on the web at www.survive-a-storm.com

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Two Kinds of Concrete

Sharon Marie Davis
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LATEST NEWS & EVENTS, Moore, Oklahoma

Calvin Cannon, Survive-a-Storm’s Oklahoma City tornado and storm expert, has a witticism on almost every subject.  He loves helping people and he loves telling people what he thinks about things.  So when it comes to his opinion on concrete storm shelters, Calvin doesn’t shy away from his answer.  “Well, I understand that concrete may be cheaper.  But I only know two kinds of concrete: concrete that’s cracked and leaks and concrete that is going to crack and leak.” Concrete was once thought of as the ultimate in safe room and storm shelter protection.  Many people chose to install above ground concrete rooms in their homes or build a basement out of it.  Times have changed and so have people’s choices.  There have been tragic cases of above ground concrete rooms collapsing and killing people inside them.  Seven children died after seeking shelter in Plaza Towers Elementary School during the Moore, Oklahoma tornado in May 2013. Homes with concrete basements are on the decline.  Only 28 percent of new homes had new or partial basements in 2009.  That’s a noticeable drop from 1992 when 38 percent of homes were listed as having them.  This downward shift in the use of concrete could be for many reasons.  Here at Survive-a-Storm we know the main one.  People are choosing steel shelters instead. Survive-a-Storm steel safe rooms and storm shelters are constructed using the highest grade American steel.  Our team members care about the safety of you and your family; so that means from start to finish we pay attention to detail.  Our dedicated welders are one-of-a-kind and make sure each unit meets FEMA standards before it leaves our factory.  We also have one of the largest powder coating ovens in the country and this means that you will be receiving a quality steel shelter evenly coated to eliminate two things.  You guessed it!  Cracking and leaking!   So what are you waiting for?  Climb out of that moldy, smelly, old concrete box and give us a call or come by our Oklahoma City showroom today!

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EF5 Tornadoes

Sharon Marie Davis
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LATEST NEWS & EVENTS, Storm Shelters

The difference between an F5 tornado and EF5 tornado is merely a matter of more accurate measurements.  In 2007 the newer scale was put into use to categorize tornado damage. The EF (Enhanced Fujita) is basically the same design as the original Fujita scale, but does a more accurate job in scrutinizing degrees of damage that are more precisely aligned with wind speeds. These speeds were adjusted with more definitive damage descriptions and used to better differentiate an EF4 from an EF5 tornado. These two tornadoes are the most intense storms and are incredibly violent. The EF4 and EF5 produce enormous amounts of damage to homes, businesses, landscapes and life. Whether you are hit by an EF0 or an EF5, to adequately protect yourself, your family or employees from tornadoes, residents in tornado prone areas should have an NSSA approved storm shelter with a triple-locking steel door system that has six locking points and is securely anchored in their home or on their property. Tornado classifications are rated in a graduated scale from EF0 to EF5 with the EF5 being the strongest and most damaging. The lower end of the Fujita scale EF0 starts off relatively weak wind speeds at 65-85 mph climbing to EF1 at 86-110 mph with damage increasing tremendously. At EF0 to EF1 intensities, taking shelter in a concrete basement is still an option; however, the risk of the home collapsing and falling in on the basement are high. In an EF1, damage to temporary structures and mobile homes is significant with vehicles being pushed off the road or overturned. Major damage occurs to the roofs of permanent structures with an EF1. EF2 tornadoes are still at the lower end of the Fujita scale measuring wind strengths of 111-135 mph. These tornadoes are stronger, although smaller in area and shorter lived than cyclones of the tropics. During an EF-2, exterior wall loss can be expected in poorly built structures. Mobile homes can be totally destroyed. Even very well-built structures are at serious risk of losing their roofs. Trees can snap or become uprooted. Vehicles can be lifted from the ground. The worst threat during an EF2 is that small insignificant yard objects can be tossed into the air and become missiles. An EF3 tornado brings about 136-165 mph winds and a significant threat to structures and life. Little may remain of a structure that has been hit. The integrity of well-built structures may suffer because of the loss of outer and inner walls. Total collapse may occur when unanchored or poorly anchored buildings are affected. Small/light vehicles and similarly weighted objects can be uplifted and become projectiles. Tree de-barking and total loss of vegetation is possible. An EF3 is the maximum level of tornado strength that may allow for effective safety in a first-floor interior room or closet within the center of a house. With winds of 166-200 mph, the EF4 classification represents total loss of a compromised structure. Homes with little or no anchoring will be completely obliterated. Even well-engineered homes can be reduced to medium sized splinters protruding from concrete foundations.  The sturdiest homes can come apart, brick by brick, reducing the effort of taking shelter in a first floor interior closet or room, ineffective for survival. Large trees and vegetation are either completely destroyed or turned into projectiles.  Ground scouring typically occurs leaving little vegetation or topsoil. Cars and other vehicles plus comparable weighted objects become projectiles. Large weighty vehicles such as dump trucks, tankers, trains, and even airplanes can be flipped or spun repeatedly. At this point the best place to be is in a Survive-A-Storm storm shelter, either above or below ground, depending upon whichever best meets the individual’s needs. Finally, the highest rated on the Fujita scale, the EF5 tornado is the most powerful tornado, packing winds of 200 mph or higher. It is the worst tornado mankind has ever experienced on earth. Total loss and extreme destruction always occurs. The best built and most robust homes are no match against an EF5. These tornadoes can pull off and lift an entire house from its foundation then rip it apart piece by piece leaving the foundation clean. The resulting debris is virtually unrecognizable. Large heavy metal machinery is mangled beyond identification then dropped miles away. Pine needles have been seen penetrating tree trunks and structures. Wooden church pews have been driven into the ground. Steel I-Beams have been carried as far as 2 miles away. Skyscrapers have been twisted with this whirling forceful wind tunnel, entire towns have been completely wiped out and asphalt has been lifted from roadways. Train tracks have been ripped from the ground while freight cars have been lifted and thrown great distances. EF5 tornadoes have devoured landscapes, shredded low lying vegetation and have left cyclonical ground scouring plus swept away miles of topsoil. The bottom line is that, in order to survive an EF5 tornado, you need to be in a FEMA 320 compliant storm shelter with an NSSA-approved, steel, 6-point locking door mechanism. You can depend on Survive-A-Storm storm shelters to deliver the safest storm shelter and a competent storm shelter expert who will match you up with an above ground or below ground storm shelter, whichever most closely fits your needs. Call us today at 1-888-360-1942 or visit our website at www.survive-a-storm.com.

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Storm Shelters: We’ve Come a Long Way, Baby!

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We all remember that famous storm scene in one of the most famous movies of all-time, The Wizard of Oz, where Auntie Em and Uncle Henry are gathering everyone into their storm cellar as the mighty twister starts bearing down on their family’s idyllic Kansas farm.  I have watched this scene countless times and always have the same question run through my brain…”Wonder what the inside of that storm shelter looked like?”  Being that the iconic film was from 1938 the answer is probably quite simple: not very fancy! The very first storm shelters were very basic structures that were designed with one mission in mind, to withstand the powerful winds that encompass a tornado.  The underground shelter was typically made of concrete and used for many different purposes in its unoccupied time.  Some were used as storage for canned vegetables and jellies while others provided a place to store unused farm equipment and supplies.  The storm shelter took on a completely different look in the 1960s and 70s with the development and use of FRP, fiber-reinforced plastic, commonly known as fiberglass.  These shelters were easy to create, but not without flaws.  In the 1980s, numerous local governments began outlawing shelters made with inferior fiberglass material.  These municipalities found the storm shelter’s structural integrity could be compromised from chemicals seeping through the soil.  These chemicals could actually penetrate the fiberglass creating a decomposition issue and render the shelter useless.  Steel storm shelters came on the radar relatively recently and provide the ultimate in protection from a tornado or any storm with potentially damaging winds. All Survive-a-Storm safe rooms and storm shelters are made of American made steel and are debris impact tested by Texas Tech University Wind Science and Engineering Research Center (WISE).  We offer many models from which to choose ranging from above ground safe rooms to underground storm shelters.  You can still store Auntie Em’s jelly inside, but our options go way beyond that.  When developing your personalized safe room or storm shelter the possibilities are extremely exciting.  How does a customized storm shelter with a flat-screen television sound?  Or comfortable bunk beds for your kids?  What about a microwave?  We make these possibilities become reality at Survive-a-Storm.  Call or come by our Oklahoma City showroom today to discover why Survive-a-Storm is the best in the industry.  We’ll be waiting for you…and Toto!

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All Showrooms Were NOT Created Equal!

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OK Show room1Survive-A-Storm Shelter's OK Showroom We’ve all been there!  Walking into a showroom and being either bombarded with pushy sales people or ignored and having to do all of the research ourselves, only to become frustrated and walk out.  Investing in a tornado shelter is an important decision, and you should be able to get your questions answered about how you can best protect your loved ones from tornadoes here in Oklahoma! Here at our Oklahoma City Survive-A-Storm Shelters showroom, that’s not how we work!  We love people and, more importantly, we love keeping people safe from the tornadoes that have ravaged the Oklahoma City market in recent years!  Our friendly and knowledgeable tornado shelter experts are on hand to assist you in any way during your search for your FEMA compliant tornado shelter. Calvin Cannon is our lead sales representative in our Oklahoma City showroom and, trust me, he knows his storm shelters and tornado safe rooms!  Calvin has been in sales for 35 years and says that he loves what he does because it’s important.  He said that every storm shelter or tornado safe room he sells is thrilling, because he knows that he is potentially helping people save the lives of our fellow Oklahomans.  It can’t get any more important than that, can it?  Calvin has a wonderful family with two daughters, one son, and nine grandchildren. Stephanie Perkins is our Oklahoma City showroom manager.  She does a fantastic job of keeping everything running smoothly.  Stephanie does it all…from organizing and scheduling installations to keeping Calvin straight!  That’s a tough job, by the way!  Stephanie has a beautiful family with two daughters.  Stephanie says that when they are not at the softball field watching her daughter play, they love taking nightly walks as a family. Our Survive-A-Storm Shelters showroom is ready for you.  We have several models of FEMA compliant tornado shelters displayed, and our tornado shelter experts are eager to help you protect your family from tornadoes that happen too frequently here in Oklahoma. Most models of Survive-a-Storm tornado shelters can easily be installed within an afternoon, with some being tornado-ready in under a couple of hours.  We are a family-owned, family-oriented business that you can trust.  Call or stop by our Oklahoma City showroom today to see for yourself.

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Storm Shelter Lottery Registration for OKC Residents

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Last year, Oklahoma experienced one of the worst tornado seasons in history. It caused billions of dollars in damage, produced numerous injuries and left thousands homeless. In May 2014, the Red Cross announced that it had awarded an additional $6.5 million in grant money to be used for new storm shelters so residents can be safe during a future weather event. Oklahoma City has developed an electronic lottery system to fairly distribute the city’s portion of the grant money that includes a total of 830 rebates. A maximum rebate of $2500 is available per home selected and it’s valid for those who have already installed a shelter after rebuilding or relocating in the city limits.  

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Persevere

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Steve Jobs was once quoted as saying, “I’m convinced that about half of what separates the successful entrepreneurs from the non-successful ones is pure perseverance.”  In many ways, this quote about perseverance could be considered for more than just business success and includes the triumph of the human spirit in most every aspect of living.   But what does it take for a corporate entrepreneur to be considered successful? First we would have to consider the success of the company itself.  Does the company do what it is designed to do?  In the case of Survive-a-Storm Shelters, it most certainly does.  Survive-a-Storm Shelters began building and perfecting storm shelters so that the consumer, no matter their social status or class, can afford to provide protection for their families, both large and small.  The idea is to save as many lives as possible, and with sales and installations being performed all across America, it is safe to say that Survive-a-Storm Shelters is saving lives and is determined to keep moving forward. When looking beyond the company walls of Survive-a-Storm Shelters, the next thing to look for is the diligence of the employees.  Do they believe in the company and have the tenacity to stay with a company who is always evolving and developing to lead the storm shelter community with the highest of standards and ethics?  You better know it!  From welders to installers to delivery drivers and even from accountants to salespeople to plant managers, there is a family presence that is felt strongly in not only the manufacturing plant, but in all of the locations combined.  Part of the secret is the love and respect for one another and their love of what they do.  The Survive-a-Storm team is more like family than co-workers who always seem to stay connected no matter which office they are working from. Finally, the most important part of the equation in relation to being successful is, do they have a product or products that are worthy of their success.  And for Survive-a-Storm Shelters, the answer is a resounding Y E S.  Survive-a-Storm Shelters uses the highest quality American-made steel that goes through a process of being cut, trimmed, welded, tested, powder coated and perfected to make sure that consumers are completely satisfied with their tornado safe rooms.  The standards to which Survive-a-Storm Shelters adheres to are the highest in the industry and are constantly being tested to make sure their tornado safe rooms, both above and below ground, can withstand even the most devastating tornadoes. Survive-a-Storm Shelters prides itself on being a storm shelter industry leader, not only for the growth of the company, but also for the respect that they command among their peers.  The ability to grow a team of employees who love the company as well as what Survive-a-Storm stands for is unique and worthy of acknowledgement.  But mostly, the products that are being built and offered are the true genius of Survive-a-Storm Shelters.  Through any EF5 tornado, Survive-a-Storm Shelters stand tall and persevere, much like the citizens of Oklahoma. For more information about Survive-a-Storm products, look us up on the web at www.survive-a-storm.com or give one of the storm shelter experts a call at 1-888-360-1492.

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Millions of Dollars Awarded in Grants for Storm Shelters in Oklahoma

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Oklahoma was plagued by horrific tornadoes last May that left many people homeless, injured and hopeless. However, the American Red Cross is awarding millions of dollars in new grants for storm shelters in Oklahoma where homeowners were affected so they can install new storm shelters. Over 18 counties in the state accumulated billions of dollars in damage and the recovery efforts couldn't come at a better time.  

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Storm Shelters: We’ve Come a Long Way, Baby!

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We all remember that famous storm scene in one of the most famous movies of all-time, The Wizard of Oz, where Auntie Em and Uncle Henry are gathering everyone into their storm cellar as the mighty twister starts bearing down on their family’s idyllic Kansas farm.  I have watched this scene countless times and always have the same question run through my brain…”Wonder what the inside of that storm shelter looked like?”  Being that the iconic film was from 1938 the answer is probably quite simple: not very fancy!  

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FEMA Compliant: How Safe is Your Safe Room?

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FEMA logo The term “FEMA compliant” in the world of storm shelters and tornado safe rooms is an extremely important one, but what does it mean?  The term refers to a set of guidelines set forth by the federal government that serve as a pathway for design, construction, and operation criteria for both community and residential safe rooms and storm shelters that will provide near-absolute life saving protection during tornadic activity.  It provides guidance for architects, engineers, fabricators, local officials, emergency managers, and potential storm shelter/safe room owners about the design, construction, and operation of these structures in extreme wind and weather conditions.  

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Above Ground Safe Room: Is It the Right Choice for You?

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Twister Pod tornado shelter Survive-A-Storm's Twister Pod There are many options in the ever-evolving world of storm preparedness and storm shelters.  The decision that often causes the most confusion is whether you should use an above ground storm shelter or an underground storm shelter.  Here at Survive-A-Storm we manufacture both above and underground storm shelters, and we believe both types are equally safe places to shelter in the event of a tornado.  

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Concrete: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly Truth

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This Below Ground Max is rated for 16 occupants. This Below Ground Max is rated for 16 occupants. The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly Truth Concrete: The Good—There is absolutely nothing wrong with creating structures with good, solid concrete, especially when it is mixed and poured correctly.  There are many uses for concrete, and some favorites include the making of swimming pools.  Everyone loves a refreshing swimming pool, right?  And as far as buildings go, concrete does serve its purpose.  Structures like bridges and homes and skyscrapers tend to last for many years without fault, especially with proper maintenance.  And as far as roadways are concerned, our cars prefer concrete to dirt or gravel any day.  

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Does Your Storm Shelter Meet FEMA Standards?

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Oklahoma, sitting right in the heart of “Tornado Alley”, is a great state with unlimited perseverance and true grit.  While tornadoes are second nature to the residents of Oklahoma, finding ways to keep families safe from these devastating tornadoes remains a top priority.  

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Faraday Cage Effect

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Here at Survive-a-Storm Shelters, we use steel to build our world-class storm shelters.  There are many reasons to use steel in manufacturing, but the main reason is simple:  strength. Our steel tornado shelters are stronger than their fiberglass and concrete counterparts.  One of the problems customers encounter with fiberglass and concrete is cracking.  Structural integrity is paramount during a storm, and a shelter with a crack is not the storm shelter that you want your family in during one.  

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ShelterMoore Grant Program

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ShelterMoore Grant Program   The spring of 2013 wielded a veracious tornado season, especially for Moore and Shawnee Oklahoma, where numerous tornadoes hit, reaching strengths to EF5 and leaving behind great devastation. More than twenty-four people died, and 377 were reported injured. This effect was similar to those of the tornadoes that ripped through this area back in 1999 and killing more than 50 people.  

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Moore Grant Program in Mustang, OK

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The town of Mustang, Oklahoma, located in Canadian County, is definitely a very high-risk tornado area.  Located about 13 miles SW of Oklahoma City, the small community of Mustang has fallen victim to some very deadly tornadoes.  The largest tornado in the Mustang area was an F-5 in 1999 that caused 583 injuries and 36 deaths. Thankfully, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management (ODEM) has taken notice and relief is on the way.  

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Into The Storm Misses The Mark

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Did you see the wind-whirling, storm-chasing blockbuster ‘Into The Storm’ this past weekend? ‘Into The Storm’ debuted August 8 and missed the box office mark; nowhere near close to recouping the cost of the production ($50 million) on opening weekend. While the visual effects were a near reality, movie-goers only accounted for $18 million.  

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Benefits of Storm Shelters

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It’s no secret that nature can be a very violent, scary force that can wreak havoc on lives and property. Remember watching the coverage of the EF-5 killer tornado that hit Moore, Oklahoma in May of 2013? Safety and protection is the number one priority when it comes to dangerous weather. Tornadoes in particular can pose the most danger when they occur; they have the capability of whirling winds in excess of 300 miles per hour with a damage path that can exceed 50 miles long! Tornado season typically runs its course from March through August, but other strong storms can happen at any time.

 

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Safety When Facing the Eye of the Storm

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Understanding real consequences of natural disasters that have occurred throughout the world in the last decade or so should make you realize how important preparation is. If you have witnessed or read about the utter devastation from tornadoes or hurricanes such as Katrina or Sandy, then you hopefully agree that having a safety plan in place is crucial. That is why investing in an underground storm shelter is both vital and essential. Having shelter and protection during violent storms can give you and your family the peace of mind that within your home, safety can be guaranteed. Here are a few important facts about having shelter during a storm: hurricane    

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Uncommon “Twin” Tornados Hit Nebraska

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A rare double tornado touched down in northeast Nebraska this week and was caught on video. Officials who surveyed the damage estimated that 75% of the town was destroyed or partly damaged, including houses, a school, a fire station and a church. The small town of Pilger, population 378, which experienced wind speeds varying from 166 to 200 miles per hour according to a meteorologist from the National Weather Service, suffered two casualties and numerous injuries – the first time in 10 years a death was caused from a tornado.  

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Don’t Get Swept Away – Tornado Safety Tips

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The 2014 tornado season has been relatively quiet in the Oklahoma City metro area, and even Oklahoma as a whole considering how active last year was! But don’t take the calm for granted. Although the mysterious respite is greatly appreciated, you can count on the fact that it will not last--as Oklahoman's know all too well. One of the biggest concerns when living in Oklahoma, or the Midwest in general, is the fear of getting caught in a powerful tornado that can easily tear down houses and barns and throw vehicles around like projectiles. Here are some tips on staying safe during tornado season: 1. Have a Severe Weather Plan  

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Myths About Above Ground Tornado Shelters

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Above ground tornado shelters are a great way to protect yourself and your family since staying in your home is not the safest thing you can do. For example, a common myth about a tornado is that opening the windows in your home will equalize the pressure which is thought to protect your home from damage. Don’t waste your valuable time in getting to your above ground tornado shelter. If a tornado is going to pass close enough to damage your house, there is nothing you can do to minimize it. Any effort to save your home is only risking lives. Tornadoes hit big cities just like rural areas! Statistics show that large cities like Oklahoma City and Atlanta, GA, can and are hit by large tornadoes. There are lots more rural areas in the United States than large cities, and a tornado is not discriminate. An above ground tornado shelter, or underground tornado shelter is the only true protection. Just make sure your above ground tornado shelter is ready when you are by making sure it is constructed of the finest products – like steel which stands up to the elements. Tornadoes are documented as having struck mountainous areas. Don’t forget – tornadoes are not stopped by any terrain! Tornadoes can cross over or travel along rivers or other bodies of water. Get to a tornado shelter! If you are traveling in your car when you see a tornado, hiding under an overpass is not the safest thing to do. The tornado winds could interact with the structure of the bridge causing you to be in an even more dangerous place. If possible, when you receive a tornado warning, get to a shelter. If you don’t have one at your house, take a look at the steel construction of our above ground tornado shelters, and choose Survive-a-Storm!

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Myths About Above Ground Tornado Shelters

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Above ground tornado shelters are a great way to protect yourself and your family since staying in your home is not the safest thing you can do. For example, a common myth about a tornado is that opening the windows in your home will equalize the pressure, which is thought to protect your home from damage. You may have heard: "Don't waste your valuable time in getting to your above ground tornado shelter." or  "If a tornado is going to pass close enough to damage your house, there is nothing you can do to minimize it." and maybe even "Any effort to save your home is only risking lives." Tornadoes hit big cities just like rural areas! Statistics show that large cities like Oklahoma City and Atlanta, GA, can and are hit by large tornadoes. There are lots more rural areas in the United States than large cities, and a tornado does not discriminate. An above ground tornado shelter or underground tornado shelter is the only true protection. Just make sure your above ground tornado shelter is ready when you are by making sure it is constructed of the finest products - like steel, which stands up to the elements. Tornadoes are documented as having struck mountainous areas. Don't forget - tornadoes are not stopped by any terrain! Tornadoes can cross over or travel along rivers or other bodies of water. Get to a tornado shelter! If you are traveling in your car when you see a tornado, hiding under an overpass is not the safest thing to do. The tornado winds could interact with the structure of the bridge, causing you to be in an even more dangerous place. If possible, when you receive a tornado warning, get to a shelter. If you don't have one at your house, take a look at the steel construction of our above ground tornado shelters, and choose Survive-a-Storm!  

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Credentials are a Must—Does Your Storm Shelter Company Have Them?

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There are many avenues that we could venture down to ensure the safety of the people we love.  To begin with, one of the first things we might need to ask is, “What exactly are we protecting them from?”  One of the most difficult factors to consider is the fickleness of the weather.  For people living in the path of constant destructive tornadoes, finding sure ways of protecting their family can be quite the challenge.  Storm shelter companies have recently began popping up all over the country trying to ‘cash-in’ on the fears of people who have suffered through their fair share of tornadoes and are willingly selling them the idea of family safety without doing the proper research it takes to build a good, solid, NSSA approved and Texas Tech tested storm shelter.  The idea that fiberglass, cement, or even a wooden shelter can withstand the winds and debris from an EF-5 tornado is hopeful at best.  However, having reinforced solid steel separating your family from disastrous winds and debris can give true peace of mind.  We at Survive-a-Storm Shelters use only 10 gauge steel—the same steel that our military uses to protect their own through steel built naval ships and army tanks. Survive-a-Storm Shelters are not only Producer Members of the NSSA (National Storm Shelter Association), but our VP of Government Affairs is one of the board members, making sure we are up to speed on all of the policies and guidelines they require.  Also, Survive-a-Storm Shelters is the only storm shelter company to be a member of the Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH) ®, a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization.  FLASH is the country's leading consumer advocate for strengthening homes and safeguarding families from natural and man-made disasters.  So you see, we here at Survive-a-Storm Shelters are not one of those companies trying to give a false sense of safety to our customers—the protection we provide not only to families, but to communities, large companies, and even small towns, is solid. All of our products have been tested by the Texas Wind Institute, we are a trusted supplier to FEMA, and we can supply the storm shelter plans that have been stamped by a licensed professional engineer, stating that your shelter is capable of withstanding 250 MPH winds and that it has been constructed according to those plans.  We have taken every measure to remove any doubts you may have about which kind of shelter would best suit your needs.  For residential needs, we have above ground, below ground, and garage models.  We build community shelters for towns and cities as well as large corporate companies like 3M, Mercedes-Benz, and Siemens.  We have the experience, the knowledge, and even the necessary support and backing from organizations who are regulating our shelters for the highest quality.  What adds to the benefits of such a shelter is the affordability.  We want to protect everyone, so we have made the conscientious effort to offer financing with payment plans through a couple of different companies so that those who need to pay over time, can do so. When it comes to providing safety to your family where volatile weather is concerned, we want to be a source of strength and comfort to you.  Call us with your questions, for pricing, and for a free quote.  Allow us to help you protect your loved ones, whether they are family, friends, co-workers, or community members.  We are here to help.  Call toll free today @888-360-1492.

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School Storm Shelters: The Shocking Truth

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There's hot controversy in the state of Oklahoma this year, maybe more than any other, as school PTAs, students, teachers, and even some politicians are pushing for new legislation for mandatory school storm shelters throughout the state. Unfortunately, recent tax cuts have left these people standing in the dust--afraid of the next tornado season--they wonder how many more children must die before school storm shelters are taken seriously. To view an interactive map on which schools across Oklahoma and which do not, click here.  Then comment. Your voice will make a difference in the school storm shelters debate. Survive-a-Storm builds underground and above ground community safe rooms, which would be a simple and relatively inexpensive way for the leaders of the State of Oklahoma to provide school storm shelters all throughout their state.

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Above Ground Tornado Shelters: Options, Options, Options!

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Survive-a-Storm Shelters offers an array of above ground tornado shelters. They come "panelized" to be bolted together when installed, with welded seams to protect from rain, and even with a layer of bullet-resistant material, very similar to Kevlar. When you call us at 888-360-1492 to discuss your above ground tornado shelter purchase, one of the first questions our representatives will ask is, "How many people are you trying to protect?" We ask this early on, so that we can offer you the right size shelter for your needs. We build our "panelized" above ground tornado shelters in three standard sizes: 4x4, for up to 5 occupants, 6x6, for up to 12 occupants, and 8x8, for up to 16 occupants. Our fully welded above ground tornado shelter is 4x6 standard. It has several vents and an inward-swinging door, which makes it perfect for a closet shelter. The bullet-resistant model, called the Defender Vault, comes in 4x4, 6x6, and 8x8. It protects from all the common guns, and even some high caliber weapons. The Defender Vault also comes with a keypad lock option as well, so that any intruders won't have much of a chance of getting in to you and your loved ones. Above ground tornado shelters--options for everyone!

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Steel Storm Shelters: Remain Strong in All Weather

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Steel, one of the strongest building materials around, is the best material for storm shelters in today's unpredictable and extreme weather events. This is why Survive-a-Storm Shelters uses 10 gauge steel for all of its residential units and 1/4" steel plate for its community safe rooms. Why do we believe steel storm shelters are the best choice? Below are just a couple of quick reasons: Steel isn't porous, which means moisture in the air or soil surrounding it cannot penetrate its walls. This is important, because a porous material, like concrete for instance, will hold moisture...which expands when it's cold and retracts when it's warm. This causes cracking and crumbling in the concrete. A crumbling concrete structure is not very safe against high winds and flying debris. In a steel storm shelter, however, especially one powder-coated or covered in coal tar epoxy (methods which deter rusting), there is none of the expanding and contracting. The steel remains intact, no matter what. A steel storm shelter is almost indestructible by virtue of its relative pliability. Say a heavy, sharp piece of debris falls onto the door of your below ground storm shelter. If you shelter is made of fiberglass, that object will pierce the fiberglass material, ruining it forever. A steel door on a steel storm shelter will only dent, a superficial wound, per se. And dents can be banged back out. Your door (or even your shelter) won't have to be replaced. Steel is heavy duty! It's heavy, it's thick, and it's the absolutely perfect material for a quality storm shelter.

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Considering a Community Safe Room for Your Organization?

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Survive-a-Storm Shelters believes in the value of community safe rooms, especially the models manufactured in our facility. Let us count the ways: Survive-a-Storm's Manufacturing Superiority • More steel and concrete: Survive-a-Storm Shelters have approximately 10% more steel, 15% more concrete and 385% more rebar than the competition. • Welded construction: Some companies might use only anchor bolts after the shelter is installed to fasten their steel portion to the concrete foundation. But our shelters have anchor bolts AND embed 5/8-inch steel plates that are cast into the concrete. The columns of the safe room are then welded to the embed plates creating a unitized package, or “monolithic structure.” Multiple Safety Precautions • Peer review: Our shelters are not only engineer certified, but they also undergo a stringent third-party review by another licensed engineer. This “extra set of eyes” provides the customer added assurance that no detail is missed. • Cylinder break test: At the same time that the foundation is being poured, Survive-a-Storm shelters pours concrete into three cylinders. These cylinders are brought to a third party concrete facility, where “break tests” are performed: the first at 7 days, the second at 14 days, and the last at 28 days after the pour. The test determines how much pressure is needed to break or crack the cement. Our specifications call for 3000psi, meaning the foundation should withstand 3000 pounds of pressure per square inch. If our concrete doesn’t pass the test by the 28 day test, we will pull up the foundation and pour a new one. ** Our concrete has never failed. ** • Geo-Locator Service: In the event that your community is affected by a tornado, the Survive-a-Storm Emergency Response Center will reach out to your emergency contacts via the phone numbers that you provide for this purpose. If we are still unable to confirm that you are safe and sound, then we will contact first responders in your community and request that they perform a wellness check to ensure that everyone is all right. • Limited One-year Warranty: Survive-a-Storm Shelters issues a one-year warranty for any manufacturer defects in the safe room. • We Stick to the Rules: Survive-a-Storm Shelters puts safety codes and laws first. We will provide engineer and architect documents for permits to satisfy state/county/municipal rules for buildings or manufactured dwellings. A good tip is to research your particular town/county's rules for permitting as part of your community storm shelter shopping. Not all shelter companies pay attention to the rules: some will just sell you a product and let you deal with the rest. Other Benefits to Installing a Survive-a-Storm Community Safe Room • Extremely Cost Effective: Why spend millions of dollars for an addition to an existing building, when you can shelter the same number of people for so much less? The average 100-person community shelter costs under $100,000. • Flexible Payment Options: We've linked with a municipal lender, who offers financing to public entities, meaning only 10% of the total cost is paid up front, while the rest can be paid in annual payments. We're also open to our customers donating portions of their shelter...just speak with one of our community shelter consultants to find the best plan for your community. • Quick Turn-around: Once a sales order/contract is signed, production begins. Most community safe rooms will be completely installed within 60 days—none will take longer than 90 days. • Wide Range of Sizes and Options: We can build our community shelters to protect 31 to 300 occupants (according to FEMA 361 and ICC-500 building codes). Community safe rooms are generally built in 8-foot sections. We also are open to new options that customers are interested in. We will do the research and determine if new suggestions will meet FEMA and ICC guidelines. Survive-a-Storm's Experience and Qualifications • Experience Building Community Safe Rooms: Survive-a-Storm Shelters has manufactured, and installed dozens of turn-key community safe rooms in several states: Georgia, Alabama, Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Ohio. Our customers have included small businesses, large manufacturing facilities, cities, towns, counties, and schools. • Producer Member NSSA: The National Storm Shelter Association, a non-profit organization, has decided that Survive-a-Storm Shelters has met and/or exceeded their requirements for quality and adherence to FEMA 320/361 specifications. Not only are we producer members, but our VP of Government Affairs now sits on their board. • Trusted FEMA supplier: Our parent company, Harbor Enterprises, has an active $153 million contract with FEMA, and our staff has provided over $60,000,000 of wind-rated structures for FEMA (Hurricane Katrina and Haiti earthquake, also some jobs in Sierra Leone and other places). • Member of FLASH (Federal Alliance for Safe Homes): The non-profit Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH®) is the country’s leading consumer advocate for strengthening homes and safeguarding families from natural and man-made disasters. Their Mission: To promote life safety, property protection and resiliency by empowering the community with knowledge and resources for strengthening homes and safeguarding families from natural and man-made disasters.   Interested in a presenting a proposal at your next board meeting or city hall gathering? Give us a call at 888-360-1492, and we'll provide you with all the information you'll need!

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NSSA and the Industry Standard–What Kind of Quality Are You Looking For in a Storm Shelter?

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1970, Lubbock Texas—a tornado rips through, killing 26 people and destroying 1/3rd of the ‘hub’ of the South Plains.  Texas Tech researchers took this opportunity to document the damage in order to find ways of improving building structures for resisting extreme winds.  By 1974, the idea of the above ground storm shelter was born.  Over the years, development of a better, stronger, more durable safe room continued.  When a tornado wiped out an entire subdivision in Jarrell, Texas in 1997, Texas Tech University was ready for their above ground storm shelter to be featured.   FEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, developed a high interest in storm shelters, even publishing a prescriptive guidebook for designing small residential shelters called “Taking Shelter from the Storm.” In 1999, the impact of Oklahoma City area tornadoes caused widespread coverage from the media, noting that an above ground shelter withstood an F-5 tornado.  Incentives were then put into place by both Oklahoma and FEMA for people building or re-building their homes.  However, this did not include below ground shelters due to the lack of standards and familiarity with them.  Because of the quality issues where below ground shelters were concerned, Dr. Kiesling from Texas Tech University invited the more than 20 storm shelter companies who were already testing their aboveg round units at their FEMA approved lab, and addressed the concerns.  It was in this meeting where the National Storm Shelter Association (NSSA) was developed, and Lubbock, Texas was designated as its headquarters. The NSSA developed standards for which the storm shelter industry should follow for the design, construction, and installation of their shelters.  The NSSA directors adopted what is known as the NSSA Standard, an evolving document which underwent periodic changes as new needs were acknowledged and addressed.  In May 2002, NSSA signed an agreement with the Southern Building Code Congress International, Inc. of the International Code Council to develop a national consensus standard for storm shelters.  The International Code Council/National Storm Shelter Association (ICC/NSSA) Standard for Design and Construction of Storm Shelters will be accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and will serve until the ICC/NSSA Standard is published.  When shopping for your own shelter, one of the main components of finding the right company should include whether or not it is an NSSA approved shelter. We here at Survive-a-Storm Shelters are not only NSSA members, but our vice-president, Matt Williams, serves on the board as a director as well.  We know quality.  We know safety.  We know storm shelters.  Give us a call today to see how we can develop the best storm shelter for your family’s needs.  888-360-1492

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FEMA 320: A Great Guide to Understanding Tornadoes and Storm Shelters

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FEMA 320 is a guide to residential storm shelters: it promotes understanding tornadoes and deciding on the best protection for you and your loved ones. Survive-a-Storm Shelters follows the regulations outlined in the FEMA 320 publication, from size and occupancy standards to engineering specifications in the construction of storm shelters. While engineers, architects, and manufacturers of storm shelters use FEMA 320 to do their jobs correctly, it doesn't mean the average person should feel intimidated by its contents. This guide has been written so that every person will understand their risks; after all, knowledge is power. Some sections you may find of interest: Section I: Understanding the Hazards This section has colorful maps, which are great for determining your risks by location. There is also a chart which illustrates the damage done by tornadoes, from EF-1 to EF-5. It also introduces some tornado and hurricane terminology, which will be helpful when shopping for a storm shelter. Probably the most important part of this section is the Homeowner's Worksheet, which assists in planning for emergencies. Section II: Planning Your Safe Room This section gives ideas for building your own safe room (if you're into DIY!). It also details the testing done by Texas Tech, which all Survive-a-Storm's shelters have passed. The pictures in this guide certainly give you a good idea of the rigor of this testing. Section III: Building Your Safe Room Looking over this section might just prompt you to build your own shelter--but hey, when you have professionals who've gone through the testing and the inspections, you may want to go ahead and give us a call...We'll build it just right!! To look over the FEMA 320 guide for yourself, just click here. To order your FEMA 320-compliant shelter from us, call 888-360-1492. We can't wait to hear what you've learned!

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This Ain’t Your Grandma’s Root Cellar

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Have you ever climbed down into a root cellar? Complete with a shaky, unstable ladder and a dusty dirt floor? Just pull a flat piece of wood over the opening and cover it with dirt, and your fruits and veggies will stay cool all year long. But as for safety--when it's time to hunker down from a raging EF-5 tornado, is this where you want to be? Lucky for us, we live in the 21st century, where technology is advanced and building codes are in place to protect us and truly keep us safe. We now have state-of-the-art steel storm shelters, engineered to hold steady under the weight of the earth, and coated in coal tar epoxy to keep out water. Today's storm shelters, like those built by Survive-a-Storm Shelters, also have heavy duty steel doors with six-point locking systems, which will withstand both falling debris and the powerful vacuum-like winds of a powerful tornado. We've even solved the wobbly ladder problem: stairways welded onto the storm shelters, making entering and exiting your storm shelter a breeze. Sure, you can still store your potatoes and cabbages in your root cellar. You might just not want to climb in there with your kids during a violent wind storm, is all.

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The Benefits of Above Ground Safe Rooms

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You may think of underground dirt cellars or concrete rooms as the typical tornado shelter. But did you know that above ground safe rooms can be just as safe? Steel safe rooms, those 10 gauge and thicker, offer just as much protection as a below ground shelter when installed correctly at your home. For some homeowners, the benefits of an above ground safe room make it their obvious choice: Extensive testing: Survive-a-Storm Shelters' steel doors and panels have been tested at Texas Tech, and just like our below ground models' doors, they meet all the requirements of a FEMA 320 wind-rated structure. Easily Accessible: Above ground safe rooms are the easy choice for people who need easy access to their storm shelter. People with physical limitations, and those with claustrophobic tendencies, will find that an above ground safe room in their garage or basement is the perfect answer; they are able to find peace of mind. Inexpensive: Above ground safe rooms are usually less expensive, as well. Freight and installation costs are much reduced with this style of storm shelter, which appeals to the individual or family with a tight budget and a serious need for tornado protection. Transportable: Survive-a-Storm Shelters' above ground safe rooms are engineered to be bolted down into concrete using thick anchor bolts. While these bolts will hold the safe room firmly in place during a storm; if the safe room owner moves, he or she simply cuts the bolts and moves the safe room to its new location. It can then be bolted down again with new anchor bolts, just like when it was brand new. This option often appeals to renters; since they may not stay in their rental forever. Does an above ground safe room seem to be the right choice for you? Give us a call at 888-360-1492 to have yours shipped to you!

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Why Choosing an NSSA Producer Member is So Important

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The National Storm Shelter Association (NSSA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to maintaining the highest standards in the storm shelter industry. Only the best manufacturers are granted "Member" status....and Survive-a-Storm Shelters is proud to be one of the elite Producer Member storm shelter companies. The NSSA describes their Producer Members as "...persons, firms, corporations, or partnerships who are engaged in the manufacture or construction of storm shelters and who certifies [sic] that shelters are in compliance with the Association Standard in the manufacture and installation or construction of shelters." A major factor in determining a storm shelter company's merit is the result of its debris impact testing. The NSSA requires that the Texas Tech Wind Science Research Institute perform testing on panels and doors to determine their strength an integrity. Only those companies whose shelters and safe rooms pass this rigorous testing are even considered. Survive-a-Storm Shelters is committed to excellence in the manufacture of storm shelters and safe rooms, and our Producer Membership in the National Storm Shelter Association serves as proof of that guarantee. Source: http://aln.coe.ttu.edu/nssa-new/ProducerRoster.php  

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In Their Words: Mr. Hearn of Jackson, Mississippi

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Mr. Hearn reached out to Survive-a-Storm Shelters for his below ground storm shelter. He's a family man, and he and his daughter were great people to get to know. We're glad they're now safe from tornadoes! See Mr. Hearn's testimonial below:

"I like my Survive A Storm shelter because it is a safe place when the weather is severe. I like my Survive A Storm shelter because the shelter is hidden underneath the ground. I like my Survive A Storm shelter because there is little or no maintenance with the Survive A Storm Shelter. I like my Survive A Storm shelter because it is spacious, comfortable, and the temperature inside allows me to endure a storm despite the temperature outside."

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Steel Storm Shelters – Does It Matter?

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After last year's storm season, many people are seriously considering purchasing a storm shelter. Some have even gone to the extent of trying to build their own steel storm shelter. Survive-a-Storm Shelters manufacturers steel tornado storm shelters that ease your conscience if you are not a welder or if you think you can't handle the job of building a steel storm shelter capable of protecting your family. All of our steel storm shelters are approved by FEMA and Texas Tech so you can rest assured that your new steel storm shelter will definitely protect your family in the case of an emergency.

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Community Storm Shelters at OK Schools

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Oklahoma School Community Storm Shelters Stymied by Tax Cuts

It seems that Oklahoma tax cuts have made the news in the Huff Post and Associated Press with this comment:
"It would be nice if every kid in Oklahoma had a safe room to go to," said Bill Pingleton, the superintendent in the rural town of Tushka, where the school and much of the town were destroyed by a tornado in 2011. But top officials said the schools shouldn't expect state help for shelters. "Just adding on a new tax burden on Oklahomans is not the answer," said Republican State Superintendent Janet Barresi, Oklahoma's highest ranking education official. BY SEAN MURPHY, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS OKLAHOMA CITY (AP)
With this in mind, it does not discount the idea that children in a State that has between 50 and 100 tornadoes per year needs a community storm shelter for their safety. While considering a school storm shelter under economic stress, obtaining the best buy is necessary. We at Survive-a-Storm Shelters offer steel storm shelters that will last the life of the school instead of a shelter that will need replace if constructed of materials other than steel. Take a look at our steel community storm shelters, and contact us for more information or to buy your storm shelter today.  

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FEMA Storm Shelters Near-Absolute Protection

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FEMA is often the final word in many folks' minds when it comes to disaster preparedness and mitigation. All of our safe rooms and storm shelters, are manufactured according to FEMA P-320 to ensure your safety. Our community safe rooms are built according to FEMA P-361 which sets the standard for community storm shelter construction. You can see the probability of a tornado or other severe storm in your area by looking at the data and animated maps of the United States by clicking here. If you find you are in a hazardous zone, why not contact Survive-a-Storm Shelters, and see how we can help protect your family or community with an approved FEMA storm shelter.  

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Outside the Bulletproof Panic Room

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Technology to Detect Bullets Outside a Bulletproof Panic Room

As if tornadoes are not enough of a threat to require a panic room, protecting yourself from emergency situations is becoming more and more important with crime rates high across the nation. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, The more quickly first responders get accurate information, the better. "Knowing information like the number of shooters, where the shots were actually fired, and the information of where the suspects currently may be, as well as the possible type of weapons being fired, is critical to how to respond quickly and put an end to the threat." The technology for this type of technology is called ShotSpotter. Although this product would need to be used in tandem with a bulletproof panic room or other protection, the use of this technology could be beneficial as indoor sensors in schools, malls, college campuses, airports and military bases.

Survive-a-Storm's Bulletproof Panic Room

We start with hot-rolled 10-gauage plate and process the steel through our automated equipment. The steel is bent to form structural channels and is then reinforced, giving you the strongest panel design available in the panic shelter market. Our home or small office version is called the Defender Vault. It is available in three sizes (4'x4', 6'x6', and 8'x8'). The DefenderVault is a spacious bulletproof panic room, and can accommodate up to sixteen occupants. Contact us today to find out more about our panic rooms.

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Storm Cellars: Any Old Safe Room Will Just Not Do

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After the tornado in May 2013 in Oklahoma, Norman city council stated that their schools would no longer be used as storm cellars, thereby leaving town residents without any safe room. (See The Oklahoman dated October 10, 2013.) In the past, Oklahoma had assigned local schools to be used as storm cellars, but realized that schools are no safer than any other building as they are not approved by FEMA, or certified by NSSA or Texas Tech. All of Survive-a-Storm Shelters' storm cellars and bulletproof safe rooms meet and exceed industry standards to ensure you have the safest possible retreat to use as a storm cellar. Protect your family today. Take a look at the different model storm cellars, and bulletproof safe rooms offered by Survive-a-Storm Shelters so your loved ones are there tomorrow - not just today!

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National Storm Shelter Association

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The National Storm Shelter Association (NSSA) was formed in 2001 with the idea of policing storm shelter manufacturers and resale of storm shelters or safe rooms to protect you and your family from tornadoes and other disasters. Survive-a-Storm Shelters is proud to be a member of NSSA. They have a brochure available on their website titled "How Can You Discern Quality in a Storm Shelter?" This brochure will provide answers to the most frequently asked questions that arise when someone decides to investigate storm shelters, and which is the best shelter for their hard-earned money. Their checklist includes such elements as structural integrity, door design for impact and wind resistance, venting for maximum air quality and to relieve atmospheric air pressure changes due to the tornado, type of steps and ladders and their compliance with NSSA or OSHA standards, battery-powered emergency radio transmitter or signal-emitting device, choosing site location for your storm shelter, and the business practices of the storm shelter dealer you select. They also have lots of other information available on their website to help you and your family or community to make an informed decision on your purchase of a tornado storm shelter or other safe room.

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FEMA 320 Shelter Construction Guide

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In August 2008, FEMA published a guide called "Taking Shelter From the Storm". This is the Third Edition of this construction plans and specifications for building a storm shelter safe room for your home or business. (See FEMA 320) The construction plans are available in DWG and PDF formats at http://www.fema.gov/library/viewRecord.do?id=5788. This guide is meant to help determine your risk, and the best type of storm shelter for your situation. You can also download only the design drawings for a storm shelter from FEMA at this link. Not everyone wants to build their own shelter though! We at Survive-a-Storm understand that, and want to provide you with the best possible long-term solution to providing a safe room for you and your family, your business, and your community. At Survive-a-Storm Shelters we build our storm shelters of steel set on a thick bed of concrete so that no matter how bad the tornado gets, you will be safe.

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Underground Tornado Cellars for Family and Community

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When some folks think of a tornado storm cellar, they think of a dark underground cavern with hardly any amenities. Maybe stored water, and a little dried food, but that's about it. Fortunately, today, underground tornado cellars are manufactured by storm shelter companies out of various materials. underground tornado cellar installationAt Survive-a-Storm Shelters, we put together the finest steel tornado cellar construction to protect you, your family, and as many friends or community members you can fit inside your underground tornado cellar. When planning for your tornado cellar, it is important to remember the water level of the surrounding area. Although we sell only steel shelters, some tornado shelters are not made out of steel, and are limited to the life of the construction material which is not suited to concrete. Contact Survive-a-Storm Shelters today to plan for the safety of your family or community before the next tornado season hits.

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Above Ground Safe Rooms with Steel Construction

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Above ground safe room, or underground safe room? FEMA says in up to 250 mph winds, in the right safe room, your family will have near absolute certainty of your safety. The main difference in an underground safe room from an above ground safe room is that there is the slight possibility of having the entrance blocked by debris if your safe room is underground. Steel Safe Rooms According to Texas Tech Wind Science and Research Center, a storm shelter would be a failure if the steel construction were pushed in more than three inches in a 250 mph storm. We make sure that our steel construction meets the strict guidelines of construction standards. Above Ground Safe Room Safe From Falling Debris from Tornado? Above ground safe rooms that are built within FEMA's Guidelines will withstand falling debris such as a 3,000 lb vehicle! Can you imagine a car falling on top of your safe room? You can find our more about FEMA guidelines on residential safe rooms , or you can get more information by calling the FEMA safe room help line at 1-866-927-2104. Here at Survive-a-Storm all of our above ground safe rooms are built according to FEMA's guidelines, and have been tested by Texas Tech Wind Science Research Center.

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Mississippi Community Safe Rooms

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Mississippi's "A Safe Place to Go Initiative" Mississippians of Pontotoc County don't have to worry about tornadoes! Since the 2001 disaster, over 30 community safe rooms have been constructed in their county. The other half of the community tornado shelters are located in other small towns. Typically the community safe rooms are located in, behind, or next to city buildings like fire, police, and emergency centers. Ecru, Mississippi, that has a population of under 1000, yet commendably has five community shelters located behind their Ecru fire and police departments. These community safe rooms measure 13 feet by 13 feet by 7.5 feet, and were reimbursed by federal funding. According to Ecru's town officials, the shelters have been filled each time there is a tornado warning since they installed their community safe rooms. Click here if you want to see if your state qualifies for any Federal grant funding for a community safe room project.

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Intense Care Bears Peerless Fruit

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  It’s late.  The lights are dim out in the plant, and all of the factory workers have gone home.  But not him. Survive-a-Storm Shelters’ owner and CEO, Lucas Stewart, is taking his nightly walk-through, expecting that all of the tornado safe rooms that are currently on the production line will meet his high quality standards.  Of course, there are checks and balances in place to make sure that all of the tornado safe rooms, as well as community shelters, meet FEMA guidelines.  However, for Lucas, nothing beats having faith in his products like the hands-on attention to detail that he maintains.  Only the highest quality workers have been hired and have the training and expertise to help manufacture all Survive-A-Storm tornado safe rooms that are tested, guaranteed, bonded, and insured.  American steel is one of the few components, when properly fabricated, that can provide absolute protection.  Fiberglass shatters, and concrete will crack.  A steel tornado safe room is not only one of the surest ways to protect loved ones, but think about this: the American steel we use is the same American steel that is used in the making of our military ships, planes, and tanks!   So as Lucas makes his rounds throughout the many work stations within his facility, rest assured that he is making checklists and taking notes so that he can rest easy at night, knowing that his Survive-a-Storm company has customer safety and satisfaction as its center focus.  

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More Than Just a Tornado Shelter

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With today’s tough economy, people are looking to stretch their dollar, especially when considering any major purchase.  With so many lives being lost to tornadoes, buying a tornado shelter seems like a great idea.  What makes it an even better idea is using the tornado shelter for more than just violent storms.  Survive-a-Storm tornado shelters are made from 10 gauge steel and are designed to withstand violent winds, objects being pelted at 250 MPH, and any hardcore criminals that might want to bring harm to you or your loved ones.  If an intruder enters your home, use your shelter as a panic room, complete with a phone line, to call for help on the outside. Other uses for your tornado shelter might include turning your underground bunker into a camping retreat with bunk beds for the kids or a private getaway for you and your significant other.  Because it is your tornado shelter, you can fill it with whatever comforts you desire to make any situation better.  We here at Survive-a-Storm can design your tornado shelter to your specifications so that you can get more ‘bang for your buck.’  Give us a call today to find out what your options are @888-360-1492.

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The Queen Gets a Panic Room

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It seems that Americans are not the only people interested in a panic room, according to GAFFCO Ballistics. Al-Qaeda terrorist attacks have persuaded the Queen to have panic rooms built at Windsor Castle and Buckingham Palace at a hefty cost to the taxpayers of the UK. These panic rooms have steel walls designed to protect the royal family from poison gas, bomb attacks or assassination by terrorists. Although the average American is not under the same threat as the Queen, that does not mean Americans are completely safe. And some types of families are more likely to install a panic room that others. Panic rooms (also called safe rooms) are more common in homes of the wealthy, who fear they may be targets of stalkers, kidnappers, home invaders, assassins or terrorists. Businesses are also considering installing panic rooms which are similar to the idea of a bomb shelter in case of emergency. A panic room should be large enough to stay in for as long as is needed from a few minutes to days. The elite panic room includes phone line, back-up generator, scrubbers to replenish the air, a closed-circuit TV connected to computers that control the house, even to locking and unlocking doors for safety. Survive-a-Storm Shelters manufactures steel panic rooms with bulletproof protection which includes Kevlar® reinforcement. See our panic room models, and start protecting your family today.   Source: http://www.gaffco.com/news/detail/queen-gets-panic-rooms-in-palaces

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Seeking a Storm Cellar?

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With tornado season mostly over, and we move into the Winter months, it is important to remember next season, and the protection of our self and families. Steel storm cellars are the best solution for long term investment. There is none of the wear and tear that happens with storm cellars constructed from other materials. Mothers Support Storm Cellars In the news, due to Moore, Oklahoma's deadly tornado, was the story of a woman who had lost her son along with 7 other children. The deadly tornado struck without enough warning, and the kids had no place that was safe.  (Read article at Newson6.com.) Texas Church Group Donates Storm Shelters Mothers are not the only ones concerned about protecting their children, so are groups. Rockport Church, near Austin, Texas, have donated funds for the addition of storm cellars for up to 40 families in Oklahoma. Why a Storm Cellar? A storm cellar is normally thought of as an underground tornado cellar. With that in mind, concrete storm cellars are not a great idea in soils that freeze in winter since it puts stresses on concrete walls. Also, high water tables may flood your storm cellar. Choosing another material is a wise decision. Survive-a-Storm Shelters manufactures steel storm cellars to suit any storm cellar needs. Take a look at our underground Estate storm cellar model today, and protect your family tomorrow.  

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Top 10 Tornado Cities from Weather.com

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Weather.com is the place to go for accurate and up-to-date weather reports. There are always great stories on relevant topics, and its eagerness to accept the public's photos means there are lots of interesting visual accompaniments to their stories. On April 30, 2013, a list of the top ten cities for tornado destruction was published by them, along with great photos and video. What is interesting is that 60% of the cities on this list are in the Southeast, including the top 4 cities! Even Atlanta made the list at number 8! Tornado Alley has shifted to the Southeast: the proof is in the numbers! 10. Nashville, TN 9. Wichita, KS 8. Atlanta, GA 7. Oklahoma City, OK 6. Tulsa, OK 5. Little Rock, AR 4. Tuscaloosa, AL 3. Birmingham, AL 2. Jackson, MS 1. Huntsville, AL If you've grown up in the Southeast, you probably don't often think about the devastating effects of tornadoes...that's something that happens "somewhere else." But if you want to be safe, be prepared! Give us a call and put your steel storm shelter on order now! 1-888-360-1492 Source: http://www.weather.com/news/tornado-central/top-tornado-cities-2013-20130415?pageno=1    

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Tornadoes in Our Backyard

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This Easter Sunday, 2013, saw tornado warnings for Southwest Georgia, just where our plant is situated. We see tornado warnings all the time across the country, but it's infrequent that we see them so close to us. Tornado threats are real--and they're closer to you than you think!

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Tornadoes Across the US

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We know about Tornado Alley and the increasing activity in Dixie Alley, but did you know deadly tornadoes have occurred multiple times in many other states? There have been tornado fatalities in Florida, Massachusetts, Virginia, and Connecticut, among others. And it isn't anything new. Click here to see a list of the deadliest tornadoes in the US...note that this list could be updated.

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A Message from the Owner of Survive-a-Storm Shelters

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I would like to personally take this opportunity to wish you and your family a safe and enjoyable Spring season. As a father of three young children, I know how busy things can get throughout the course of the year.  It's nice to take a bit of time to sit back and reflect upon the past year and to prepare for the one to come.  Of course, this takes on a special meaning in my line of work.  Survive-a-Storm Shelters has worked hard this past year to keep families across America safe from tornadoes, hurricanes, and even home intruders.  We are building community storm shelters all over the country, and we are advising individuals and corporations alike on strategies for protecting those they care about. I hope that you will spend a few moments to consider whether you have done everything possible to protect your family from nature's most violent storms.  Tornadoes kill.  We have seen the death and destruction firsthand, and we have dedicated our business to the memory of those who have lost their lives unnecessarily because they didn't have anywhere to go during a tornado or a hurricane. If there is anything that I can do to help you to protect your family as we enter the new year, please do not hesitate to respond to this e-mail.  We have helped hundreds of people just like you to protect their families this year.  Whether you are in need of financing, or your just not sure where you would put your storm shelter...all you have to do is to drop us a line or give us a call at 1-888-360-1492, and we'll do whatever we can to help you protect your family. Don't be caught unprepared!   Survive-a-Storm Shelters save lives.  Our shelters have been poked, prodded, struck, dropped, had things dropped on them, been hit by two-by-fours shot from cannons, filled with water to test for leaks, pressurized with air to check for leaks, examined by engineers, evaluated by meteorologists, and slept in overnight by myself, my wife, and our three young children!  That is why we are confident in saying that we build the HIGHEST QUALITY STORM SHELTER IN AMERICA.  And our shelters save lives. With our 80,000 square feet of manufacturing space in Thomasville, Georgia, we have the capacity to keep up with the considerable demand of the market.  And we accomplish this without reducing quality.  Don't be tricked into buying a cheap septic tank that has been fitted with a storm shelter lid.  Don't accept plastic or fiberglass as an alternative to solid steel that has been double welded, painted on the inside, and coated with coal tar epoxy on the outside.  There are a lot of fly-by-night operations out there, but none of them hold a candle to our company's manufacturing track record that includes producing over $70 million in disaster housing, working on several continents, and holding a $153 million contract with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and FEMA.  Only Survive-a-Storm Shelters can boast of such credentials. My team and I are standing by to answer any questions that you may have about Survive-a-Storm Shelters.  Feel free to call us now at 1-888-360-1492.  We look forward to meeting your storm shelter needs. Sincerely, Lucas Stewart CEO of Survive-a-Storm Shelters http://www.survive-a-storm.com

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Educate Yourself: Storm Shelter Companies Cropping Up Only to Cash In

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Are you researching storm shelter companies to find which one will provide you the best protection at the best price? So are lots of other people these days, with all the wild and unpredictable weather we've been seeing across the States. Unfortunately, money-minded entrepreneurs are starting to follow the trend. These guys simply do not have the skills or background necessary to produce such a crucial commodity. They're playing with people's lives! Be careful who you buy from. Make sure you ask to see each company's credentials. Important things to look for: --Testing done at Texas Tech Wind Science and Engineering Research Center (WISE) --Member of NSSA (National Storm Shelter Association) --Engineer stamped plans --Length of time building storm shelters and/or similar structures --Experience working with FEMA Of course, there are many things to consider when making such an important purchase. If you want to know that you're investing in the BEST protection, check off the above list. We assure you that you will not find the same caliber of storm shelter anywhere else. We've worked diligently over the years to develop our product, and we can honestly say: we produce the best storm shelters and safe rooms, no question!  

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Hey, Athens, Alabama! Look out for Survive-a-Storm Shelters, Tuesday, February 19, 2013!

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We've got a representative who will be in Athens, Alabama tomorrow with a demo unit, so if you're interested in seeing, touching, smelling, and, well, you know--give James a call. He'll be glad to answer all your questions! The unit he's traveling with is our new dealer storm shelter model, so if you'd like to become a storm shelter dealer and sell Survive-a-Storm Shelters in your county, be sure to let him know!

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South Mississippi and Alabama Tornadoes: February 10th, 2013

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Well, tornado season is here, and when you see a tornado like this, swirling black and terrible, do you have a safe place to hide? Call us at 1-888-360-1492 today to order a tornado shelter that may save your life! Can you imagine, or have you experienced, something as scary and destructive as a tornado up close? Hattiesburg, MS residents know what it's like. 84 people were injured, but fortunately no deaths were reported. Tornado season is already well underway. Don't delay, and don't let finances delay your purchase. Apply for financing by clicking here.

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Tornado Deaths Early in the Season

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Yesterday, January 30, 2013, a line of storms from Georgia to Pennsylvania moved eastward, creating tornadoes which killed 2 people, one in Adairsville, GA and one in Nashville, TN. This is a whole month earlier than the tornadoes that caused so much destruction in 2012. Is tornado season beginning earlier this year? It looks like it. Weather experts say it's because of the warmer weather this winter, but whatever the reason, the results are the same. We can't change the weather, and we can't stop a tornado from forming, but we can protect ourselves from its violence. Protect your family today. Order your shelter or safe room, and forget about fearing tornadoes. And don't let your finances get in your way. Talk to us today about financing, or fill out the finance application on our website. We want to work with you to provide you the best protection. 1-888-360-1492

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Bulletproof Panic Rooms in Schools

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A Smart Compromise in the Midst of Controversy?

Our country has been in an uproar over gun control in the past couple of months. Mass shootings are becoming more common every year, and with the Sandy Hook Elementary tragedy just before Christmas 2012, Americans are more than ready to find a solution to this growing problem.

Gun Control or Bulletproof Panic Rooms in Schools

There is no easy, cut-and-dry answer when it comes to gun control and the safety of our precious children. Some people call to have automatic weapons banned, while others call to arm our teachers and principals. Of course, there are serious drawbacks to both of these suggested solutions. As for the first suggestion, we have the 2nd amendment, which is fiercely defended by most Americans. As for the second, there aren't too many parents who'd appreciate a gun in their child's classroom, even one accessible only to the teacher (accidents happen). There probably aren't many teachers who'd feel comfortable with a gun themselves (they're usually gentle creatures). These suggestions are hotly debated and not very popular on any side. However, there is protecting your family from stray bullets with a bulletproof panic room. At Sandy Hook, a teacher hid her children in cabinets and directed the gunman away from her classroom (unfortunately, she lost her life protecting her students). Her idea was genius; all the children in her classroom survived the ordeal. Bulletproof panic rooms in classrooms, or in central areas of a school, are a safe and secure compromise. No ones right to bear arms is tread upon, and no teachers have to learn how to wield a firearm if they don't feel comfortable with it. In the case of a mad gunman launching an attack on a school, teachers and students can lock themselves inside their bulletproof panic rooms and wait out the nightmare in relative safety.

Bulletproof Panic Rooms by Survive-a-Storm Shelters

Survive-a-Storm has been testing its shelters for effectiveness against firearms. So far, we've tested from a 22 long rifle to a .308, and our shelters have stood up to these. Of course, we will continue to improve our product to withstand higher calibers at close range, but as it stands today, most bullets cannot penetrate our shelters' 10-gauge steel structural panels. Above ground shelters and safe rooms are the easiest to install in existing structures. While small safe rooms can be built in each classroom, there is also the option of building several larger safe rooms and strategically placing them around the school. Today, many university dorms are built with safe rooms included as part of the new construction. These are meant to protect students and staff from tornadoes, but why shouldn't they protect them from human assaults as well? It's a scary and unpredictable world, but we fortunately have the technology today to protect ourselves better than ever before. Call 1-888-360-1492 any time, day or night. There's no good reason to delay. Let's keep our children and young adults safe!

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Wichita County, Texas has 100 Storm Shelter Rebate Applications Available!!

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We love when your state or county is able to offer storm shelter rebates! It makes it just that much easier for Survive-a-Storm Shelters to protect our fellow Americans! Wichita County, TX, the most north-central county in the state, has announced that 100 storm shelter rebates are available NOW! This is a 50:50 matching grant program, where recipients can expect up to a $3000! This is not a deal to be missed; submit your application today! Click here to download the Storm Shelter Rebate Application. They'll begin accepting the applications on January 15, 2013. Previously, their neighboring county, Cooke County, also had applications available...if you live in either of these locales, please look into possibly obtaining a substantial rebate! Good luck, and we hope to provide you with the highest quality shelters in America! Click here to read the news article.

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Survival Bunkers. Who Needs ‘Em?

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Prepping--No Longer a Question of "Should I?" But "How Should I?"

Preppers--the people who stockpile food, water, and all kinds of survival supplies--their numbers seem to be growing, and they're not just fringe groups and hermits in the mountains anymore. Real Americans, with real families, jobs, homes, and lives in general, are opening their eyes to the very real possibility that the existence we know is headed toward extinction.

Survival Bunkers - Why We Need Them

There are many reasons for this clamor toward protecting yourself and your family, both on national and global levels.
  • First, we face an uncertain environmental future, with the temperatures on the rise and with it unpredictable weather patterns and intense storms.
  • Next, look at the American economy, which has been faltering for years now, and the European economy, which has caused riots in some countries such as Greece and Spain.
We have so much to fear these days, but the best way to lessen fear is to prepare for the worst and hope for the best.

Survival Bunkers - How to Protect Your Family

The first step is to make sure you and your family have a decent place to shelter. In cases of natural and man-made disasters, we need to feel safe and secure--both flying debris and, unfortunately, a broken society pose physical danger. That's what Survive-a-Storm Shelters is here for: to provide you with the quality of survival bunker that eliminates a lot of that fear. The second step is to stock important supplies in your survival shelter, including food, water, blankets, a first aid kit, and medical supplies specific to any conditions you or your family may have. The third step is to practice an emergency plan with your family. Once you have all agreed on a particular plan of action, you will feel much more secure.

Survival Bunkers - How Survive-a-Storm Can Help

If you wait for disaster to happen to try to figure out what your survival plan is, you'll probably be too preoccupied with immediate survival to handle things effectively. And...you won't have a survival bunker or other emergency shelter to protect your family! Please, please, think long and hard about your plan for the future. You don't want to be caught in the aftermath of a disaster with nothing to save you, so contact Survive-a-Storm Shelters today to find out how we can help with a survival bunker for your family.

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Steel Underground Tornado Shelters Make Great Survival Bunkers

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December 21, 2012 came and went without The End Of The World As We Know It (TEOTWAWKI) coming to pass.  The end of the world as we know it will come, though.  In fact, it comes every day.  The world as we know it ends every time that something happens that we do not expect to happen. No one expects a tornado to strike, but it happens.  Tornadoes are deadly.  They come at any time of the day or night and strike without warning and without regard to the damage they cause and the toll that they exact.  Unfortunately, this toll is often measured in human lives. Unlike most other natural disasters, tornadoes provide little or no advanced warning.  That is why it is essential to have shelter nearby that you can depend upon when a storm strikes.  But that shelter need not serve a singular purpose.  Your Survive-a-Storm underground tornado shelter will help you survive actual storms as well as any metaphorical storms such as political unrest and other events that might warrant taking refuge from emerging adverse conditions. Your Survive-a-Storm Shelter is a great survival bunker that you can keep stocked with a range of survival gear to help you get by until you can be helped.  We know from watching Super Storm Sandy and Hurricane Katrina that we cannot always rely upon the government to save our collective bacon.  Take matters into your own hands by installing an underground storm shelter from Survive-a-Storm Shelters, and equip it with the essentials that will help you survive any situation.  

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Survive-a-Storm Shelters to Display at Louisville Manufactured Housing Show

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Survive-a-Storm Shelters will be taking Louisville by storm the end of January.  We've just confirmed our attendance at the Louisville Manufactured Housing Show, a trade show where manufactured home builders can show off their latest models.  This show is not open to the public, it's open to dealers, other manufacturers, developers, and park owners. Occupants of manufactured homes are most vulnerable to tornadoes and other violent wind storms, as these structures rarely have basements and are generally not as substantial as site built structures.  In fact, a number of states have been considering requirements that manufactured home communities and mobile home parks provide storm sheltering or community safe room options to their residents.  Of course, we think that this is a splendid idea. Survive-a-Storm Shelters manufactures a range of above ground FEMA 361 compliant community safe rooms for just this purpose.  We understand the risk that tornadoes pose--particularly in those areas of the country where mobile home communities are most prevalent.  Survive-a-Storm Shelters provide near absolute protection against these tornadoes and other violent wind storms. Survive-a-Storm Shelters will be unveiling a new program at the Manufactured Housing Show that will assist mobile home parks, modular home communities, and homeowner associations/condominium owner associations to pitch their residents on purchasing community safe rooms as protection against the risk of these storms.  As an example, a community with 200 units (homes) could circulate a petition asking residents if they would be willing to pay a nominal assessment of $10 or $20 per month for two or three years to amortize the cost of a community safe room.  Of course, this structure could also be used for a variety of other purposes as well--such as a meeting room, game room, etc.  Survive-a-Storm Shelters will then reach out to local, state, and federal government agencies as well as to local financial institutions to identify potential sources of low interest financing for such structures.  Of course, in many cases, the ownership or the homeowners association may simply decide to make the purchase and then recover some or all of the cost from residents through temporary assessments or increases in lot fees or dues. We certainly think that the peace of mind provided by such a small investment is worth every penny of the price, and we expect that we will receive a similar response at the 2013 Louisville Manufactured Housing Show. Show opens to Attendees on January 23, 2013. Louisville Manufactured Housing Show - North Wing

Wednesday 9am to 5pm
Thursday 9am to 5pm
Friday 9am to 12 noon
and closes on January 25th.

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Alabama and Oklahoma Safe Rooms Keep Us Busy

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Wow! What a month for Community Safe Rooms December 2012 has been! Community safe rooms are the best way to protect dozens, even hundreds, of people during bad weather, and we have been happy to provide the ultimate protection to two more counties this month. DeKalb County in Alabama welcomed five new Survive-a-Storm 96-person community safe rooms this  month, while Taloga, Oklahoma, in Dewey County, saw the construction of an even larger community safe room! The community safe rooms are all a little different which made things even more interesting. For instance, Mentone, Alabama opted for two community safe rooms connected with a walkway, while Geraldine, Alabama chose to add wing walls and berming to their safe room. Other options for safe rooms include the additions of bathrooms, generators, forced air ventilation, and center benches. Click here to visit our Facebook page to view pictures of these amazing structures and their installations. You can send us a message there as well! Give us a call today to order a community safe room for your business, church, daycare center, or any organization that might need storm protection for multiple people. 1-888-360-1492

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A Survive-a-Storm Greeting

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Meet Todd, our controller. He's got a Bachelor's in Accounting from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. He's one smart guy! Todd handles our finances, which means he makes sure we don't spend more than we can afford. He is meticulous; no detail gets past him. Survive-a-Storm Shelters as a company runs smoothly in a large part because of his efforts. Everyone appreciates his hard work and dedication. As we always say, Thanks Todd!

Todd--Just give him two Diet Cokes and a calculator, and he's rarin' to go!

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Underground Shelter with Double Entry

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Just When We Thought We'd Built Them All - a Double Entry Underground Shelter! A few weeks ago we built a double entry underground shelter, and it was the coolest looking thing we'd seen so far. Well, this week we manufactured an underground shelter that's even more awesome! This is also a double entry below ground shelter, but it's twice the length of the usual Max model, and each of its entrances is a different style:

  • one end has the stairs, and
  • the other end has the top-loading entry.
This shelter reminds me of an impenetrable medieval fortress! We love to accommodate our customers' special needs in underground shelters. Give us a call at 1-888-360-1492, and let us build the perfect storm shelter for you!

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The Double Entry Below Ground Shelter

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Many people, when building a brand new home, choose to install their storm shelter below their future garage floors. This way their shelter is accessible from the inside of their home. The shelter is installed, and then the concrete for the floor is poured over it. Some people go a step further, however. These customers request their shelter be built with TWO entrances, one opening into the garage, for instance, and one opening onto their yard. They choose this design because not only do they want their shelter as accessible as possible, they also want to leave their shelter easily in the case that their house collapses. This is a fantastic way to cover all the bases; however, installation is much easier when done before the house's construction.

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Fiberglass and Concrete: Destructible Materials

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At Survive-a-Storm Shelters, we make our storm shelters of 10 gauge steel, coated generously with coal tar epoxy. Steel: the toughest, most durable and long-lasting of all metals. Coal tar epoxy: recommended for long-term protection against corrosion under extreme conditions. When it comes to securing your family's safety for years and years, why would you choose fiberglass or concrete over such an obviously superior material such as our steel storm shelters? If they have steel reinforcements, what is the point? Why not go steel and know for sure that you and your family are safe from this kind of destruction? Call us today for your Survive-a-Storm Shelter. It could save your life. 1-888-360-1492  

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Survive-a-Storm Staff Hello

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Meet the people of Survive-a-Storm Shelters! Jeannie is a bright and sunny 29-year-old mother of four. She, her children, and her husband love to play with their dogs and kitten at their home in Thomas County, Georgia. Jeannie is a typical Southern woman and country gal. She loves her flip flops and making people smile. She is originally from Thomasville, where our factory is located. Jeannie is on our sales team, and she knows pretty much all there is to know about our shelters. That being said, if she doesn’t have an immediate answer, you can be sure she will find one for you. Jeannie loves her customers, and they love her. She has helped dozens of families choose shelters that they are very happy with.

Jeannie always has a smile!

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Come see Survive-a-Storm Shelters at the Macon/Bibb County Georgia Preparedness Fair at the Macon Mall this Saturday!

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Survive-a-Storm Shelters will be displaying one of our below ground shelters at the Macon-Bibb County Georgia Preparedness Fair at the Macon Mall on Saturday, October 13, 2012, from 10 am til 2 pm. In addition to displaying our tornado shelter, we will have coloring and activity books for the kids and brochures for adults. Representatives will be on hand to answer any questions you may have about our shelters and safe rooms. We hope to see you there!   "The Macon/Bibb County Georgia Preparedness Fair is designed to help the whole community by drawing in as many individuals and families as possible. This event is being held at the Macon Mall 3661 Eisenhower Parkway Macon, GA 31026. Bibb county Emergency Management Director Donald L. Druitt Sr. and LEPC committee members have spared no effort to attract citizens to this remarkable learning opportunity. In addition to a large complement of emergency response equipment and vehicles, preparedness supplies and information (books and literature) has also been arranged. LEPC members have invited a wide range of community participation, and this involvement promises to make this fair valuable to all. World Disaster Report (www.wdrep.com) is pleased to work closely with Bibb County EMA to facilitate this important event. WDR is also pleased to announce a new no-cost program to assist community organizations in improving their volunteer disaster response capability."

--FEMA'S WEBSITE

   

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Get to Know Us!

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Survive-a-Storm Shelters is a company focused on people. We love our customers, and we like to get to know them as much as possible over the phone and internet, because we want to make sure they get the very best possible shelter for their family. Recently we thought it might also be nice to let our customers get to know us a little better too. That’s why we’re starting a mini-series of biographies, and our first employee in the spotlight is  Paul! Paul is a jack of all trades, which serves us well at Survive-a-Storm Shelters. He is on the sales team, and he is certified to drive trucks, so he delivers our storm shelters quite frequently. He is interested in “everything and anything,” and his life proves that. He was in the US Army for eight years and served in Desert Storm. He’s also been a helicopter mechanic, insurance salesman, college student, and poultry farmer. Today he lives out in the country with his wife and only daughter, but he also shares his life with two dogs, three horses, thirteen chickens, and 1250 quail babies. Paul’s an easy-going guy who’s always got a story in his pocket. One such story involves fishing out on a pond when a storm was approaching. He says the fishing line jumped out of the water, and his hair stood on end, just as lightning struck the water. What did he learn from fishing in lightning? That fish bite better just before a storm.

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You Have Options with Survive-a-Storm Shelters

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Storm Shelter Additional Options to Add to Your Comfort and Safety

While you hopefully won’t spend much time inside your shelter or safe room, there are several options you may want to consider which will make you feel more comfortable and secure.
  • Jack - We offer a hydraulic jack with our below ground shelters. Sometimes during a tornado, the shelter door will be blocked by heavy debris such as a tree falling on it. While a shelter will save your life during the storm, you don’t want to be trapped inside after the storm. A hydraulic jack will push up against the door with more power than a human, freeing you from the shelter.
  • Bunks -Bunks are our most popular option, as they offer a place to sit or lie down while waiting out a bad storm. The bunks are made of the same steel as the walls of the shelter and are welded onto two facing walls. Bunks are only available in our Below Max Model or in our community style safe rooms, where they are benches running along the walls and down the middle walkway of the safe room.
  • Shelves -Some customers ask for shelving to be welded into the corners of their below ground shelter. These shelves can be used as extra storage. You will want to speak with one of our representatives to discuss dimensions and pricing.
  • Fan - A battery operated, camping style fan is available. It’s nice to have some air flow when you are sheltering in a steel enclosure.
  • Double entrance - Want a shelter that can be entered from both inside and outside your home? Ask for a custom shelter with a double entrance. You will want to consider installation with this option. Some customers who are building new homes will like this option, and can have the shelter installed before pouring the concrete in their new garage.
  • Handicap Accessiblity - Any of our shelters can be modified to accommodate people with disabilities and the elderly. We can make the doors wider to fit chairs, and we can make steps shorter and closer together to make walking up and down easier. Customizing for disabilities is no problem at all; if you have an idea for making your shelter more accessible to you and your loved ones, we would be more than happy to discuss making it happen for you.
Survive-a-Storm Shelters is a company in the business of saving lives with our storm shelters, and that’s because we really do care about people. We want to make our customers happy. So if you have ideas for a custom shelter, please call and talk to us. We’re here for you. Toll free: 1-888-360-1492

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We’re proud members of the NSSA

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Survive-a-Storm Shelters is happy to announce that we are an official producer member of the NSSA, or National Storm Shelter Association. Each of our shelters will now carry the official seal of the NSSA. Our customers will also receive a certificate stamped with the NSSA’s raised seal, which verifies our commitment to the highest standards of safety. About the NSSA The National Storm Shelter Association was created in 2000 to set up standards in the storm shelter industry which hadn’t before been in place. Its inception was prompted after the disastrous Oklahoma City tornadoes of May 1999.  After these storms, many storm shelter companies were formed, and lots of shelters were installed without regulations, as the only guide at the time was the FEMA 320 standards, and some shelter styles were not found within its pages. Today the NSSA seal is proof that a storm shelter company upholds the highest standards for quality. "Our rules say that the a shelter must be shown to meet debris impact criteria and that drawings and specifications for shelters must be submitted to a well-qualified, NSSA-approved third party engineering company to assure compliance with all other aspects of the standard. Only after these requirements are met does the shelter producer join NSSA and earn the privilege of affixing a seal to the shelter."

--Executive Director’s message: NSSA’s website

Only a select few storm shelter companies have made the NSSA’s list, and Survive-a-Storm Shelters is one of them.  Give us a call today at 1-888-360-1492. You can be sure of the best when you choose Survive-a-Storm Shelters.

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Have Mercy!

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As you could probably guess, we're a little preoccupied with bad weather here at the Survive-a-Storm Shelters headquarters. A few of us get lost surfing the vast collection of tornado videos, pictures, and stories found online. This week one of our staff found a video so haunting that we just had to share it with you. Take a look at this monster, a storm system dubbed "the mothership." This video was shot in 2010 in South Dakota. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RW2y76xRaLs

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September is National Preparedness Month

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FEMA is observing the 9th annual National Preparedness Month this September, and thousands of organizations nationally are recognizing and promoting the importance of being ready to face unexpected disaster. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has laid out steps on their website to assist families in their preparations. Those four steps are: 1) Get a kit; 2) Make a plan; 3) Be informed; 4) Get involved. There are great links on the CDC's website, including activities for kids and literature for Spanish speakers. Visit their website today; it's never a bad time to start being prepared. http://www.cdc.gov/Features/BeReady/

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Tornado Risk in August

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Summer is here, and with it heat, severe storms, and yes, the threat of tornadoes. While spring is the time of most danger, we can't forget that extreme weather can take place anytime. We should be most prepared when we least expect danger. Don't let a tornado sneak up on you and your family. Be proactive; remember, the best time to install a storm shelter is when the wind isn't blowing! http://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-news/severe-weather-tornado-outbrea/68703 Need a storm shelter but think you can't afford it? Survive-a-Storm Shelters works with lenders to assist you in financing your purchase. Don't allow your finances to determine your family's future safety!

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Prepping isn’t such a bad idea

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Sometimes it feels like people are counting down: some believe that civilization as we know it is on the brink of collapse. The world economy is shifting, and to many of us it feels as if the end is near—maybe not the end of the world per se, but an end to the way of life so many of us enjoy. It’s not even that we’ve “become accustomed” to certain luxuries, because a large number of Western adults have only known air conditioning, processed foods, and motorized transportation. A major disruption in global (or even national) affairs would leave us essentially helpless. Enter the preppers. These are the individuals and families who are preparing for the worst. We see the reality shows about them and their stockpiles of food, water, weapons, and even sometimes seeds for starting over after “the end.”  These people have been deemed a “sub-culture” of Western society, because their lifestyles and mindsets aren’t in line with the mainstream. Their visions of apocalyptic end-times don’t jibe with the American dream, so preppers are often (perhaps unjustly) presented as paranoid kooks. But what if they’re right? There are almost 320,000,000 people in the United States alone. How will that many people survive if our government breaks down? If grocery stores go empty, fuel reserves dry up, if there are no government workers to police our streets or tend to infrastructure, where will we be? We’ve seen the effects of poverty and anarchy in other countries. Take for example, Argentina, which suffered a huge economic decline in the late 1990s. Many citizens found themselves without food or shelter. People took to the streets, rioting. They destroyed bank buildings and other businesses, frustrated by their very helplessness to thrive when their way of life was taken from them. More recently, we have seen the same thing in Greece. Humans are not so different from one another, regardless of nationality or culture. While it’s unlikely (we hope) that the United States and her citizens will feel that desperation, it is not entirely impossible. Everyone knows that our economy has been in trouble over the last several years. Will we be prepared to sustain our families and maintain our own sanity if “the end as we know it” happens?   Sources: http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,189393,00.html http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/10100201

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The Mid-Atlantic Derecho, Summer 2012

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What the heck was that?! Out of nowhere, a mega windstorm from the Midwest assaulted nine states on the night of Friday, June 29, 2012. It uprooted giant trees, tore roofs from houses, and killed unsuspecting people. How did this happen and how do we describe it? The storm is called a “derecho,” and it is a windstorm without a cyclone, with high, damaging winds up to 100 mph. This particular storm is not very common, and when it does occur, it usually stays west of the Appalachian Mountains. This time however, the air was hot enough that it didn’t dissipate there; it just kept going, all the way to the Chesapeake Bay and beyond. The storm reached places like Washington D.C. and Richmond, Virginia around midnight Friday. Residents were not necessarily prepared, though there had been a warning of a “high risk” threat around 6:30 pm. Many people may not have realized the potential danger, as they are not used to that kind of weather coming from that direction. Unfortunately, some people were killed this weekend because of the derecho. It is another hard learning experience: deadly weather is not predictable, and we must pay attention to weather alerts and protect our families accordingly. Safe rooms may have saved some lives last Friday night. They are above ground, easy to install, and fit inside most garages and basements. Call Survive-a-Storm Shelters today: you'll find that purchasing a safe room or storm shelter will be one of the most sensible choices you could ever make for your family.

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Survive-a-Storm Leads in Community Storm Shelters

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Survive-a-Storm Shelters is one of only several storm shelter companies in the United States, and it is the only one that has completed in excess of $70 million in government contracting with FEMA over the past decade.  Add this to the fact that the company has earned a $153 million contract with the Department of Homeland Security, has built man camps in the U.S., Africa, and South America, and that the company has worked throughout the Caribbean and Central America--and you'll discover that Survive-a-Storm Shelters and its parent company Harbor Enterprises, LLC is better situated to build community storm shelters than any other company in the world.  We are the experts.

If your community is considering constructing a community storm shelter, please do not hesitate to contact Survive-a-Storm Shelters.  We have a library of existing engineer certified plans that may be serviceable for your community's needs.  Our shelters have passed debris impact testing at the Texas Tech Wind Research Institute, have been certified by professional engineers as compliant with FEMA 361 and ICC-500 standards, and are simply the highest quality community storm shelters available on the market today. Please call Survive-a-Storm Shelters, at 1-888-360-1492. We would be delighted  to discuss your community storm shelter needs.

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Deciding Between Community Shelters and Individual Shelters in Tornado Prone Municipalities

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Government officials in Tornado Alley and Dixie Alley have more than just road construction and school lunch programs to factor into their budgets: they have to consider the mortal safety of their residents. Most of these states have taken up initiatives to build storm shelters, knowing that they’re pretty much necessary to survival in many parts. Some use FEMA grant money to build their shelters, though the costs can still be very high, as they must figure in all aspects (land, equipment, labor, etc.) to have the work completed satisfactorily. One major decision these hard-working civil servants must make is how they will distribute funds. Among other things, they have to consider the number of citizens and their mobility, the amount of available land on which to build, and the distance between residents. It seems there are three distinct choices administrators make: a large community shelter or two in central locations, a few medium sized shelters scattered throughout the area, or individual residential shelters parceled out to a set number of homeowners. Let’s look at a few benefits and drawbacks to each of these choices. Large Community Shelter Community shelters, like the one you see on the Survive-a-Storm Shelters website, holds about 100 people. It is usually above ground, bolted into concrete, though some can be buried in the ground. These shelters must be equipped with restrooms per FEMA 361 standards, and it is recommended that these shelters are also compliant with ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) specifications so that the shelter is accessible to people with disabilities. They also come with other amenities like seating and a generator for lighting and fans. With so much room and options, it would seem this would be the likely choice for any community. However, there are a few downsides. First, there is the danger of going out into a dangerous storm. It is better to be inside than to drive a car (though if someone lives in a mobile home, they probably want to seek sturdier shelter). Second, if a small town can only afford one shelter, some may be too far away for it to help them. The storm might be over (or over their heads!) before they get there. Last, there is the problem of keeping the shelter accessible to residents while preventing squatters and vandals from destroying the property. Strategically Placed Mid-sized Shelters Some communities go for mid-sized community shelters that hold 40-50 people. They can also be equipped with restrooms and fitted for people with disabilities. These shelters are less expensive than the larger community shelters, so a city may be able to purchase more than just one or two, and place them in strategic spots around town. This means less travel time and traffic jams and less danger of being caught up in a tornado while seeking shelter. However, availability of land may present a challenge, and there is still the issue of preventing trespassing while maintaining accessibility. Residential Individual Shelters Some administrations have allowed private citizens to apply for individual/family shelters to be installed on their private property. In these cases, there are a set number of shelters available depending on the budget, and they’re awarded based on different criteria, if any. Many people prefer this option because it means families do not have to go out into a tornado in order to survive a tornado. They can simply go into their shelter in the garage or backyard. Critics argue that many people will be left with no shelter whatsoever, and this is true because funds are unfortunately never unlimited. However, some neighbors get together and agree to have the shelter installed in one yard, and they all have permission to use it when a storm comes along. Each state, county, city, and town must decide what is best for them. Experience is a great teacher, and we can learn a lot not only from the tragedies of the past, but from the successes as well.

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A Storm Shelter Installation: Underground

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After filming the above ground installation, I grabbed some burgers for the crew, and we headed out to the below ground installation site.  Our destination was Camilla, Georgia, about an hour north of our plant. We don’t often install in our area, but this particular town has a sad storm story of its own to tell, and installing one of our shelters there was an honor. In 2000, four deadly tornadoes devastated parts of southwest Georgia. One of those, an F3, swooped down, predator-like, on the sweet, unsuspecting town of Camilla. Eleven people died that day. Every person who died was in a mobile home—not a very sound and sturdy place to hide out in a storm. About 175 more people were injured. Homes and other buildings were destroyed; the estimated damage reached $20 million. On the scene that day were some very brave people. They worked tirelessly in their search and rescue efforts, and it’s a certainty that because of them more lives were not lost. I learned of all this on the “set” of our installation. Our customer had ordered a Below Ground Max model, and we were now proudly installing our shelter on his property. He was one of those people who helped the injured after that deadly storm, and he told us about it as if it had happened the day before.  The tornadoes of 2000 really affected him, and he’d been researching storm shelters for some time since. For a person who has witnessed Nature at her most brutal, this new customer of ours was obviously a very easy-going, kind hearted guy. He plays Daddy to three bleating baby goats, and he showed us a video of him playing with a baby deer he’d raised after it was found all alone. I realized this is the kind of person Survive-a-Storm Shelters protects—a person just like you and me, with interests, loved ones, and a life worth living. We installed his shelter in his backyard. Because he does live in a mobile home, he wanted the entrance easily accessible. He showed us the spot he’d chosen, and we began to dig. I say we, but I really mean our star installers that day, Mike and Gerald. We brought along our backhoe, which is something anyone will need when installing a below ground shelter. It should be capable of lifting about 3500 lbs. for a Max model and 2600 lbs. for an Estate model. Mike and Gerald marked off the area and began the most labor intensive phase of the installation. I worked on my forehead suntan while I waited, and after the hole was dug and the dirt at the bottom leveled, we got to see some action. The shelter was actually picked up with chains by the backhoe, carefully maneuvered over the hole, and gently placed into position.  After this, some more measuring to ensure a perfect fit, and then the rest of the hole was filled in. Mike pushed the leftover dirt into an area of the yard that had a slope, so our lucky customer had some landscaping thrown into the deal as well! We then packed and raked the surface dirt and spread some hay from Mike’s hayfield over it to make it look nice until the grass grows back. Our mission was complete: our customer was pleased, and our instructional video was complete. My first installation was a great success.

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A Storm Shelter Installation: Above Ground

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Last week I was invited along on an installation day. The owner of Survive-a-Storm Shelters, Lucas, had decided that we needed an installation video to provide to our dealers and potential installers. He was the narrator for the video, and Mike and Gerald were the installers. They all wore newly embroidered Survive-a-Storm shirts (they looked rather handsome) and were ready for stardom. My job was to hold the cue cards, and I was excited to participate, as unglamorous as my task was. I did learn a lot, and I’d like to share some of it with you. Since we did two installations, I’ll give the details in two parts. First we installed an above ground safe room. We laid out the tools you need, including a drill, a ratchet, a wrench, and a few other lesser tools as specified in the instructions. One detail that impressed me was the carpet we include with our safe rooms. The carpet has holes punched into it to be used as a template for drilling. This means you don’t have to stress yourself out measuring over and over to get it exactly right: it’s already done for you! All the men had to do was lay out the carpet where they wanted the shelter, take a magic marker, and color in those holes onto the concrete underneath. After they took up the carpet, there was a perfectly measured set of points, ready for drilling. Mike drilled holes into the concrete, and Gerald swept up the dust and began inserting bolts into the holes. They then began putting up the wall panels. There are holes drilled into the panels of the safe room, all perfectly measured and punched. There is actually a machine in our plant that takes directions from a computer program, and the holes it punches in the metal are always accurate. Once the panels were in place, Mike and Gerald began bolting the entire thing together, using the ratchet to tighten and secure all the bolts. At this point, I walked off to get a soda, and when I got back, the process was pretty much complete. I was amazed at how quickly the safe room was assembled! In just under two hours, with two men and a handful of tools, we had a tornado-proof structure, ready to stand tough and protect anyone’s family. Mike and Gerald are professionals; every safe room our plant produces is pre-assembled and then disassembled before packaging to ensure that everything fits together perfectly and that every nut and bolt is included. Your own installation time may take a little longer, but it was obvious to me that this is a fairly simple process; all it takes is the ability to follow directions (and wield hand tools).

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New Below Ground Design

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We here at Survive-a-Storm Shelters are big fans of improvement. We know that no one person ever has all the answers, and everyone is welcome to voice their opinion. In this kind of environment, people feel free to toss around ideas, and you’ll often see two people bent over a project with heads together, working on improving efficiency, quality, or presentation.  This approach to our work is what keeps us ahead of the competition, from our technology and construction techniques to our excellent customer service. Recently we made some structural changes in our below ground shelters. These changes make them more secure as well as more streamlined and simple to install. The overall design of the shelters remains the same; they are still as sturdy and well-crafted as ever. The changes only make the shelters better. The first thing we have done is to change the design of the air vents. If you visited our site or one of our dealerships in the past, you may have noticed the “candy canes” sticking out of the top. Those trademark curved pipes were for ventilation; it allowed for a good amount of air flow while keeping out wind and rain.  Today the air vents are built into the side walls at the top of the stair. They are covered with a screen to keep out leaves and bugs, while the upper lip of the shelter door shields the vent openings from any rainfall. While I’ll personally miss seeing those “candy canes” riding off on the back of a semi, I do have to say the new look is very sleek and will not be as conspicuous in customers’ yards. The second major improvement we recently made was an “extended floor.” It is a simple yet genius solution. This upgrade came about from one of the best teachers: experience.  In the past, we anchored the shelters into the ground with large anchors connected to straps. This method works well to keep shelters in the ground in dry areas, but we began to notice variances in areas with a higher water table. Some shelters were rising with the water after heavy rainfall, actually pushing up out of the ground. We couldn’t have that. Our engineers got together to come up with an answer, and they came up with something brilliant. Now we have what we call the extended floor. On two ends of the shelter, steel beams extend longer than the shelter itself. Picture an “L” shape on either side of the shelter. When we bury the shelter in the ground, the dirt that fills in the hole covers these extended floor sections, the weight of which keeps the shelter in the ground without exception. There is also space in between the beams for any water run-off. Anchors are still an option, and recommended for you if you feel the need for them. However, the extra equipment that we previously utilized in installations is obsolete, making installation easier and cheaper. If you are a customer or potential customer, please feel free to give us a call with any questions, concerns, or new ideas. Your safety and comfort are important to us! 1-888-360-1492

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The Grim Reality

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In the movie the Wizard of Oz, Dorothy’s house is caught up in a “twister,” and she lands smack in the middle of a wonderland. She makes new friends, has magical adventures, and even becomes something of a hero. At the end of the movie, she wakes up with a bump on the head, and everyone she knows and loves is safe and sound. But that’s Hollywood. In the real world, tornadoes rip houses to shreds, destroy crops, and injure, maim, and kill people and animals. It’s hard to watch the news after a tornado, even a “small” one. Homes are often decimated, and cars become mangled heaps of metal and glass. People suffer broken bones, deep gashes, punctures, bruises, and burns. People die. We here at Survive-a-Storm Shelters speak daily with people who have survived tornadoes. They tell us not only about destroyed property; they sometimes speak of lost spouses, parents, and children. Their reality is that their family members are no longer alive; they didn’t make it through the storm; they didn’t miraculously crawl out from under a collapsed house. It saddens us to hear and share these stories, but it reminds us of our humanity. We don’t just come to a job every day. We’re here to keep families safe, so that after a tornado, the anguish over the loss of a home isn't compounded by the indescribable sorrow of losing a loved one. Storm shelters SAVE LIVES.

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Stocking Your Shelter for Emergencies

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Being prepared for a storm doesn’t just mean keeping our bodies safe from harm during the actual storm. We must also consider the subsequent effects, after the storm has blown by, those effects which could last for days or even weeks. Often after tornadoes, hurricanes, and even just bad storms, our everyday resources such as electricity and running water become limited or completely cut off. This means the food in our refrigerator spoils, we can’t cook on our stove or in our microwave, and we have no fresh water to drink (or even to brush our teeth!) That’s why it’s a good idea to maintain a small inventory of supplies in your storm shelter. If your shelter is an underground model, you have the extra benefit of storing your provisions in a cool, dark space, where food will keep fresh longer. Jugs of distilled water and canned food items (don’t forget a can opener!) are easy-to-store items that you will want on hand when there’s no electricity or water. You can also store boxed food items such as crackers or cereal, but you will want to store those in air-tight plastic containers to maintain freshness. Remember, even food in cans won’t last forever: FEMA recommends you replace food supplies every six months or so and always throw out swollen or otherwise damaged food packages. Other items you may want to consider storing in your storm shelter: diapers and baby wipes, first aid kit, asthma inhaler, diabetes and other medical supplies, toiletries (sample sizes are cheap and don’t take up too much room), flashlight, batteries, weather radio, and extra cell phone. Survive-a-Storm Shelters offers an electrical conduit as an optional feature, so talk to your representative about adding that to your order. Some people even “bury” a generator beside their shelter, so that they have electricity after a devastating tornado. This way you can keep a small “dorm” refrigerator in your shelter, as well as a spare cell phone charged up. Your family’s safety is important, and that’s why you’ve installed a Survive-a-Storm shelter, but their health and overall well-being matter just as much. Simple preparations like these will ensure they’re kept relatively comfortable in the days after a natural disaster. Click on this link for a supplies checklist from FEMA: http://www.ready.gov/sites/default/files/documents/files/checklist_1.pdf

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Tips for Warranty Registration with Survive-a-Storm Shelters

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You’ve gotten your storm shelter. It’s been ordered, shipped, and installed at your home. You might think you’re all set, but not quite. You need to register for your warranty! This is a very important step and one you can’t afford to miss. Registering for your warranty is simple: go to Survive-a-Storm’s homepage, click on “Contact Us,” and then click on “Warranty Registration.” You will see a fillable form. It’s three simple, short pages. Just fill out the fields and click “submit.” Some people ask how to fill in the fields marked “Latitude” and “Longitude.” These numbers are important because they are used for our geo-locator service, which enables emergency personnel to find your shelter in the event of a destructive storm. Google Earth is the simplest way to find the coordinates of your storm shelter. If you don’t already have Google Earth, click this link (it’s free and harmless to your computer): http://www.google.com/earth/index.html#utm_campaign=en&utm_medium=ha&utm_source=en-ha-na-us-bk-eargen&utm_term=google%20earth Once you have installed Google Earth on your computer, type your home address into the search bar. When you see your home on the screen, scroll your cursor over the spot where your storm shelter is installed. You will see the coordinates along the bottom of the screen. Now put those coordinates into the corresponding fields on your warranty registration. Another key part of the warranty registration process is submitting pictures. You must submit pictures of your storm shelter after installation and once a year, every year, for your warranty to remain valid. You may mail them in to our physical address: 1207 Sunset Dr. Thomasville, GA 31792   You may also email the digital picture files to admin@survive-a-storm.com. It is important that you send your pictures in every year, not only to ensure your warranty remains valid, but to keep us informed of the wear on your shelter. If your shelter does begin to rust, for example, we can stop its spread (and potentially serious damage) if we know early on that it is a problem. If we have the pictures, we can monitor your shelter’s condition and help you keep it in good shape.

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Is Tornado Alley Moving East?

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Tornadoes have traditionally been considered a Midwest phenomenon, appearing in all their twisting terror in the middle of cornfields or spinning across vast prairie land. We have what we call “Tornado Alley,” which includes the states where most of our country’s tornadoes take place: Texas, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Kansas, South Dakota, Iowa, and parts of Colorado and Missouri. While the damage done by tornadoes in these states can be devastating, we don’t usually think of them as hitting big cities. Today that seems to be changing. Are tornadoes changing course? It would seem to be the case, with the destruction seen in more eastern states, such as Alabama, Tennessee, Virginia, and even into New England! This is scaring quite a number of people, as the eastern seaboard is considered to be more densely populated than the Midwestern prairies. But is it that tornadoes have always cropped up in these areas and we are just now paying attention, or is there really some fundamental change in weather patterns which will soon become the new norm? Some people claim that global warming is the culprit, while others believe the Earth’s magnetic poles are shifting. Others shrug off these explanations, saying that tornadoes can and do happen all over the United States (and the world), and that we are only taking more notice recently due to the extra media attention these eastern storms are getting. The truth is, “Tornado Alley” is just the name of the area with the highest number of tornadoes, not the area with the only tornadoes. They can and do occur anywhere, and it’s up to the residents of every state to gauge their risk and take the proper precautions. Below are some links to recent tornadoes in unexpected places. Maryland: http://articles.baltimoresun.com/2012-06-03/news/bs-md-tornado-20120603_1_tornadoes-twisters-national-weather-service Virginia: http://www.nbcwashington.com/weather/stories/Deadly-Tornadoes-Strike-Virginia-120053369.html Florida: http://www.usatoday.com/weather/storms/tornadoes/story/2011-10-19/South-Florida-Tornadoes/50829368/1 Massachusetts: http://espn.go.com/boston/story/_/id/7998107/tornado-effects-felt-cathedral-high-springfield

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Why Don’t Big Box Home Improvement Stores Sell Storm Shelters?

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We've been scratching our heads for awhile trying to figure out why big box home improvement stores such as Lowe's, Home Depot, Menard's, and Tractor Supply Company don't sell storm shelters or safe rooms.  It seems to us that it would be a great fit for one of these chains to sell storm shelters.  Their customers are already intent on improving their homes and living spaces, and we suspect that many of those same customers would also see the value in owning an underground storm shelter or above ground safe room.  Getting one of these stores on board to sell tornado shelters would also do quite a bit to bring the storm shelter industry into the mainstream. Survive-a-Storm Shelters has begun conversations with several big box retail chains, and we are hopeful that these conversations will bear fruit.  Storm shelters are still somewhat marginalized, with some people holding the misconception that only a kook would own such a thing.  The reality, though, is that our weather is becoming less-and-less stable, and violent wind storms are here to stay.  That's why you should consider owning a storm shelter if you live in a high risk area. Hopefully our conversations with big box retail chains will bear fruit and you'll soon be able to shop for a storm shelter, safe room, or panic room right around the corner from your neighborhood.

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Safe Rooms Really Are That Safe

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Many people prefer to shelter underground, and that makes great sense. Flying debris certainly isn’t going to penetrate 3-4 feet of earth. However, if you live in a place where a below ground shelter isn’t feasible, or if you just want a shelter inside your basement or garage for convenience, above ground safe rooms are just as reliable. Safe rooms are great places to wait out storms. Walls, ceiling, and a door all made of 10 gauge steel make sure that nothing, not a tree branch, not a ceiling beam; nothing can penetrate the safe room. Survive-a-Storm Shelters can make this claim because we’ve dedicated ourselves to manufacturing a superior product: Survive-a-Storm safe rooms are tested at Texas Tech’s Wind Science and Engineering Research Center Debris Impact Test Facility. This particular facility is highly respected for its stringent requirements and irreproachable methods. Researchers shoot, from a cannon type instrument, a two by four piece of wood directly at a safe room panel and assess the resultant damage. This testing is rigorous, and if a particular panel of steel doesn’t pass, it’s back to the workshop. Survive-a-Storm safe room panels have undergone this testing, and they have not only passed the test, they have exceeded expectations. In fact, a two by four traveling at 250 mph can’t break through one of our safe room panels. If you are unsure whether you’d prefer an above ground shelter or an underground shelter, give us a call here at Survive-a-Storm Shelters. Our professional sales representatives have the answers to your questions and are always happy to assist you in making such an important decision. Our toll-free number is 1-888-360-1492. Peace of mind is only a phone call away.

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Enhanced Fujita Scale

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Most of us learned as children that tornadoes were categorized by their strength; for example, we may remember that an “F1” was a weaker storm system, while an “F5” was something of a monster. This categorization was based on the Fujita scale, a system of measurement developed to describe the force of a tornado by evaluating the damage it left behind. Did you know these expressions are no longer in use? The long-established labeling which was so familiar to us became outdated in 2007, when a new scale was introduced which more accurately assesses and defines a tornado’s power. It was aptly named the Enhanced Fujita scale, which is why you now hear tornadoes being described as an “EF” instead of just “F.” While the purpose remains basically the same, the Enhanced Fujita scale correlates intense winds and their resultant damage with a much higher accuracy than the original. This is important because the better we understand tornadoes’ capacity for destruction, the better we can protect ourselves and our property. To see the new EF scale and updated list of “Damage Indicators,” as well as to read a more thorough description of how the scale works, click the link below. It will bring you to a page on NOAA’s website (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) and is completely safe to click. http://www.crh.noaa.gov/arx/efscale.php Survive-a-Storm Shelters is constantly monitoring the weather in your area.  Unlike hurricanes, though, tornadoes tend to occur more sporadically and with less warning--though there is generally enough time to take cover.  When severe weather strikes, though, you may be out of luck if you don't have a safe place to ride out the storm.  That is why it is so important to have a plan in place. Survive-a-Storm Shelters offers above ground safe rooms and underground tornado shelters as well as community storm shelters.  These shelters are all engineer certified compliant with applicable codes and standards such as FEMA 320/361 and ICC-500.  Survive-a-Storm Shelters have been proven to withstand an EF-5 tornado!  Learn more at http://www.survive-a-storm.com.

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Make Sheltering from a Tornado a More Pleasant Experience

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So you have a large room under your back lawn, or tucked into a corner of your basement or garage. Its sole purpose is to keep you, your family, and your pets alive in the terrible event of a tornado. Its presence may seem an ominous reminder of tragedy, destruction, and death. You may avoid it in your daily life, and your children may even fear it. But a storm shelter doesn’t have to be a scary place. Instead of having a lonely, cold room under the earth, you can create a place that feels welcoming in times of high stress. Many people stock their shelters with water, non-perishable food items, and weather radios, but have you considered adding a few fun items to this list? A collection of board games, a deck of cards, even portable DVD players and handheld video games ensure that you don’t become too restless and uncomfortable while seeking refuge from a tornado. Young children will especially benefit from having something to do while waiting out an event that they barely comprehend beyond their terror of it, and keeping them occupied will help them to forget what is happening outside. They will feel much more secure if they feel that they are just “camping out” for a little while. You might consider hanging posters or even colorful lights to add an almost festive feel to your shelter. Survive-a-Storm shelters have built-in ports for running electricity, so running party lanterns or holiday lights would be a cinch. Another idea would be to visit your local dollar store to buy themed party decorations, such as a 1950’s sock hop or a Hawaiian luau. Tornadoes are serious and can hurt people and entire communities. By no means should you take a frivolous attitude toward protecting you and your family. However, if you find yourself facing such a situation, it is important to remember that you are alive, and that seeking safety with your loved ones does not have to be all bad; after all, we’re Americans, and maintaining optimism in the face of adversity is what we do best.

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Does FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Grant Program Risk Lives?

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After speaking with dozens of residents in several states that are administering FEMA's Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP), I cannot help but wonder whether this well-intended program is endangering the lives of many people who--absent the offer of a handout from the government--would have proceeded with the purchase and installation of a storm shelter.

When government offers to give away for free (or nearly free) that which someone would otherwise have been willing and able to pay for themselves, it has served to perturb the market by creating incentives for waiting.  Waiting to install a tornado shelter is precisely what residents of tornado prone states such as Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi, Arkansas, Kansas, and Missouri should not do.  FEMA's program is endangering lives by creating--some would argue--a false hope that they will receive funding to assist with their storm shelter purchase.

The reality is that FEMA is running out of money.  In the current context of funding discontinuity and uncertainty, it is unfair and unsafe to create an expectation (or hope) that government will come to the rescue.  Anyone who is able to purchase a storm shelter and feels that they may be at risk of violent weather without one should proceed with the purchase, and government should implement programs to lessen the burden that don't require that homeowners defer the decision to protect themselves and their families.

The Hazard Mitigation Grant Program as administered by the state of Mississippi has some bizarre and inexplicable requirements, such as waiting for the issuance of a final "construction letter" before installing or constructing a shelter.  Yet the program requires documentation that storm shelters installed under the program meets FEMA specifications and are installed by licensed contractors and that installations be documented with photographic evidence.  Why should residents be required to delay the purchase just to get a reimbursement?  If homeowners are willing to bear the risk that they might not get funded, then they should be permitted to install their shelter, providing evidence that the shelter meets the program requirements as a condition of reimbursement if they are subsequently approved for the grant.  I fail to see how program requirements that operate to delay the installation of storm shelters can possibly be in the public interest.

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It’s Stormy Outside Here at the Survive-a-Storm Plant

Sharon Marie Davis
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It's a good thing that we've installed our own community storm shelter here at the Survive-a-Storm factory in Thomasville, Georgia.  We just had a storm roll through about an hour ago that took out the electric and brought down some tree limbs.  While we didn't have to head for the shelter this time, it sure is nice to know that it's there for when we need it!

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Social media impact on business reputation

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2014 Crystal Conference

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Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Aliquam ut nunc vehicula enim tincidunt rhoncus vitae at purus. Proin pulvinar at ex ut posuere. Pellentesque pharetra lectus vitae justo finibus, quis mollis odio fermentum. Phasellus auctor mauris mi, ut lacinia lectus dignissim sit amet.  

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