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Community Storm Shelters Now Available Through The Home Depot

Paula Maggio
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Want near absolute safety in a tornado or hurricane? Want the convenience of being able to check shelters out locally or online? Consider a Survive-a-Storm safe room or community storm shelter. Our FEMA-compliant safe rooms meet federal safety guidelines and are available inside many of The Home Depot® stores in states like Alabama, Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Missouri as well as on their website at www.homedepot.com.

Community-Shelter-1We meet FEMA guidelines

The Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA), advises communities to provide community safe rooms that have met established guidelines to make sure community members are safe during extreme-wind events. Those FEMA guidelines for the design and construction of community safe rooms are based on the latest research and practical experience -- and they are the only guidelines that provide near absolute protection from extreme wind events. And it's those FEMA guidelines that we follow at Survive-a-Storm Shelters. What's more we build those community storm shelters big. Our 10’ X 56’ community shelter is 560 square feet and can comfortably shelter 112 occupants on perimeter and center bench seating. These shelters sit on an 18-inch thick concrete foundation engineered with several times as much rebar reinforcement as required -- because when the 250 mph winds of an EF5 are breathing down your neck, it’s good to know you have extra protection!

We build them tough

Survive-a-Storm safe rooms are designed to withstand the toughest curve balls Mother Nature can throw. Our safe rooms have been tested for debris impact through Texas Tech University Wind Science and Engineering Research Center and are determined to meet all FEMA 320 and 361 guidelines. Each model is made with pride using American steel and is powder-coated for durability. Optional private bath facilities include lavatory and toilet. Just ask the folks in Tom, Okla. Last year they installed a customized community safe room at the Tom Volunteer Fire Department that even includes a bay for fire trucks. The people of Tom are now resting easy, knowing that their community is protected from violent storms.

Communities getting on board

More communities will soon follow Tom's example. Madison County, Alabama is in the market for a community storm shelter, and two other Alabama communities -- Harvest and New Hope -- have already bought their own. Harvest will receive federal funding for its community shelter, which should be available for public use by the end of this summer.  In addition, more than a dozen Four State areas have built or are in the process of building shelters that can house hundreds of people. FEMA's advocacy for the construction of safe rooms is evidenced by its continuing support of safe rooms through several grant programs. Since the start of its safe room program, FEMA has provided federal funds totaling more than $200 million for the design and construction of more than 500 community safe rooms.

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At Survive-a-Storm Shelters we provide you with the highest quality, most reliable residential storm shelters sold in America. Our full line of above and below ground shelters provide near absolute protection. FEMA-compliant Survive-a-Storm Shelters have been tried and tested and are able to withstand winds and debris from any EF5 tornado. You can find our products inside many of The Home Depot® stores in states like Alabama, Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Missouri.  They even sell both our residential and community safe rooms on their website at www.homedepot.com. So come check us out on the web at www.survive-a-storm.com or call 888-360-1492.  

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We Do More Than Install Your Storm Shelter: We Care About You

Paula Maggio
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When you have a Survive-a-Storm shelter installed, that's just the beginning. We dust off our hands and head for home that day, but our relationship with you doesn't end there. We stay in touch with you. And we do that because we care. We also do that because we're happy and proud to be part of a process that protects people and saves lives. Here's what that means to you.

This newly installed Survive-a-Storm TwisterPod was still standing, with the family safe inside, after a May 6, 2015, tornado.

This newly installed Survive-a-Storm TwisterPod was still standing, with the family safe inside, after a May 6, 2015, tornado.

Home visit after the storm

Survive-a-Storm representative Jina hurried out to visit Mary after receiving the picture at right. It shows Mary's recently installed TwisterPod that was still standing after a May 6 tornado. Mary and her family was safely in the shelter when the tornado hit, and Jina wanted to extend her support in person. Jina's email with photos attached made the rounds of our staff. The response was immediate, including one from Kaitlin, the Survive-a-Storm representative who helped Mary choose her shelter and set up the installation. Here are a few of our staff's comments:
I'm thrilled I could help protect her! :) - Kaitlin What a pretty little pod we have, and strong, too!  Great Job, Kaitlin and everyone else who is a part of this process!  I am beyond proud to be a part of this great company! - Sharon Pretty awesome! - Jeff

Best customer service ever

This attitude of caring and pride is apparent during the installation process, too, as the text below shows. We Text messagereceived it earlier this week from happy and satisfied customer Deb. She said she could finally sleep peacefully at night, thanks to her new Survive-a-Storm shelter -- and "the best customer service" she's ever had. And that, she assured us, is priceless.

Keeping our word

We also get emails like this one from Laura, thanking us for our personal service:
I want to say thank you. We have been through storms again … and again your company called to see if we were alright ... This is so touching to have someone call and simply ask “Are you alright?” it really does mean a lot.  It’s touching to simply have someone care and call and say are you ok? Thank you for being a company that cares and is good to your word too. And yes, I felt very safe in my above ground twister-pod.  It’s storm shelter I will continue to recommend to others.

How we care

At Survive-a-Storm Shelters we care enough to offer the kind of personal service illustrated above. We also care enough to provide you with the highest quality, most reliable residential storm shelters sold in America. Our full line of above and below ground shelters provide near absolute protection. FEMA-compliant Survive-a-Storm Shelters have been tried and tested and are able to withstand winds and debris from any EF5 tornado. You can find our products inside many of The Home Depot® stores in states like Alabama, Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Missouri.  They even sell our units on their website at www.homedepot.com. So come check us out on the web at www.survive-a-storm.com or call 888-360-1492.
 

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Date Night Trying Out Storm Shelters at The Home Depot

Paula Maggio
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saturday night storm shelter shoppingPeople are busy. And there's lots to do on the weekend. So sometimes folks may have to combine weekend business with pleasure. That's what this dressed-up trio did. They combined the business of shopping for a storm shelter with the pleasures of a Saturday night out on the town. Chris Crutcher then posted their photo on Facebook, tagging Survive-a-Storm in the process. They were able to combine business and pleasure because Survive-a-Storm Shelters has been busy rolling out its shelters to Home Depot® stores throughout the Southwest and Midwest.

At The Home Depot®

Our FEMA-compliant storm shelters are available at Home Depot®  stores in Pittsburg, Kan.; Joplin, Springfield, Branson, and Osage, Mo.; Dallas and Ft. Worth. Texas; Little Rock, Ark.; and Oklahoma City, Okla. Several models are available. They range from a TwisterPod that accommodates four people to a larger model that accommodates eight. When you visit The Home Depot®, here's what you'll find. Just inside the store entrance, you'll discover a shiny grey metal storm shelter display. Nearby, you'll be able to get an up-close look at a 4-foot in diameter metal cylinder aptly dubbed "The TwisterPod." On top of the TwisterPod is a television playing a looping doodle video explaining the process for purchasing the shelter through the world's largest home improvement retailer. Our shelters are sold inclusive of delivery and installation within a generous delivery radius (typically about 50 miles) of each store location. To purchase a shelter, simply approach any Home Depot® associate and request a complimentary site visit to your home or place of business. The Home Depot then passes this information along to Survive-a-Storm, which schedules the visit within 24-hours.

Makes buying process more timely, efficient

Our complete line of FEMA-compliant storm shelters are available through The Home Depot® Twister-210x309website. The move makes buying and installing a storm shelter more timely and efficient, according to Matt Williams, Survive-a-Storm vice president. "Confusion about product testing and quality have been far too common in the storm shelter industry," Williams said. "Survive-a-Storm Shelters have been designed by licensed professional engineers, tested at Texas Tech University, and manufactured and installed in accordance National Storm Shelter Association (NSSA) and FEMA guidelines, providing reassurance that the shelters distributed through The Home Depot meet these very stringent requirements." Consumers purchasing shelters through the Home Depot website are encouraged to have their shelters installed by a qualified local contractor and inspected to ensure that shelter installation complies with the manufacturer's guidelines for installation. The cost of purchasing a Survive-a-Storm Shelter through a Home Depot store ranges from $3,500 to about $5,000.

Why choose our shelters?

Survive-a-Storm Shelters are the highest quality, most reliable residential storm shelters sold in America. We offer near absolute protection with our full line of above and below ground shelters. Our FEMA-compliant Survive-a-Storm Shelters have been tried and tested and are able to withstand winds and debris from any EF5 tornado. And with affordable pricing and the many financing options we have made available to our customers, nearly anyone can afford one. Take a look at our customer testimonials and find out how pleased you will be to have a Survive-a-Storm shelter installed for your family. So come check us out on the web at www.survive-a-storm.com or call 888-360-1492.

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How A Storm Shelter Can Save Your Life: Two Stories

Paula Maggio
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It's tornado season. You know a tornado shelter can make the difference between life and death if a tornado touches down in your neck of the woods. But you just haven't gotten around to purchasing one. Well, the recent experiences of these Oklahoma folks just might give you the motivation you need.

Safe with no time to spare

Don and Dusti Wilcox of Latimer County, Okla., were out in their yard last weekend watching a storm roll in Portfolio-4when they spotted a funnel cloud just behind their house. They moved into action. They headed for their underground storm shelter and made it to safety with no time to spare. “We just barely got in,” Don said. Dusti said the experience scared her but she was okay until she viewed the storm's aftermath. The destruction brought her to tears. When they walked out of their shelter, they saw that two of their buildings were destroyed and most of their trees were shredded by the F1 tornado. They felt lucky to be alive. “Best money we ever spent,” Dusti told News on 6 reporter Tess Maune. “It'll save your life. It really will,” Don agreed. The couple had the storm shelter installed last summer.

Three-hour-old storm shelter called into action

Moore resident Melanie Ross Douvillier's Survive-a-Storm Shelter was only three hours old when she rode out an10915266_324931771039133_2161426160711656103_n F2 tornado inside it, along with her two dogs. When they exited, Melanie found trees in her neighborhood split in half and roofs blown off nearby buildings. “It was ironic because I told the installers, ‘We’re supposed to get some weather tonight, so let’s hope I don’t need it,’” she said. “We laughed about it.” By the day after the storm, Melanie’s overwhelming feeling was gratitude — that she had been “lucky” enough to have a life-saving storm shelter in place. “It was extremely scary, but I felt blessed,” Douvillier said. “I felt like an angel was watching over me. What are the chances of us having a shelter installed and within three hours I’m in it?” She shared her story with us via Facebook.

Planning, not luck, is your best strategy

Don't let luck be the deciding factor in your survival. Create your own good luck by installing a Survive-a-Storm shelter. Have the foresight to install a FEMA-compliant steel storm shelter that provides near absolute safety in a storm. Survive-a-Storm Shelters are the highest quality, most reliable residential storm shelters sold in America. We offer near absolute protection with our full line of above and below ground shelters. Our FEMA-compliant Survive-a-Storm Shelters have been tried and tested and are able to withstand winds and debris from any EF5 tornado. They are distributed through The Home Depot, as well as through a nationwide network of independent dealers. And with affordable pricing and the many financing options we have made available to our customers, nearly anyone can afford one.

Contact us today

Take a look at our customer testimonials and find out how pleased you will be to have a Survive-a-Storm shelter installed for your family. Then call Survive-a-Storm Shelters at 888-360-1492 and talk to one of our experts. Or check us out on the web at www.survive-a-storm.com. Be proactive about creating their own good luck by having the foresight to install a FEMA-compliant steel storm shelter that provides near absolute safety in a storm.

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When Mother Nature Isn’t Nice, You Can Count on Survive-a-Storm

Paula Maggio
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On Mother's Day, Mother Nature wasn't nice. She brought a gift no one wanted  -- tornadoes. But some folks were ready for her with a Survive-a-Storm shelter. Two dozen Mother' day tornadoes left five dead, eight missing and dozens injured across Texas, Arkansas, South Dakota and Iowa, according to ABC News. And more wild weather is forecast for later this week. But families with a Survive-a-Storm Shelter are ready for it. Our team can help you get ready, too.

Ready with a Survive-a-Storm shelter

This newly installed Survive-a-Storm TwisterPod was still standing, with the family safe inside, after a May 6, 2015, tornado.

This newly installed Survive-a-Storm TwisterPod was still standing, with the family safe inside, after a May 6, 2015, tornado that hit Oklahoma City.

Sometimes one of our storm shelters is installed just in the nick of time, as these two Oklahoma stories show. When a tornado touched down in Moore, Okla., on March 25, one Moore resident and her beloved pets were safe inside their Survive-a-Storm shelter installed just hours before the tornado hit. When a tornado hit Oklahoma City on May 6, the recently installed TwisterPod pictured at right survived intact with the entire family safe inside.

Thanks that warm our hearts

Those kinds of stories give us goose bumps, and make us proud that we could play a part. We also get goose bumps when we get emails like this, thanking us for our personal service:
I want to say thank you. We have been through storms again ... and again your company called to see if we were alright. I know you said you would do this when we bought our storm shelter but it's such a kindness and it does mean a lot.  The last time your company called us I said I would remember to call the next time but after the storms you get so exhausted and it takes time to get it all back together.  The minute I saw the number on my phone this morning I remembered again that I had forgotten to call. This is so touching to have someone call and simply ask "Are you alright?" it really does mean a lot.  It's touching to simply have someone care and call and say are you ok? Thank you for being a company that cares and is good to your word too. And yes, I felt very safe in my above ground twister-pod.  It's storm shelter I will continue to recommend to others. Thank you, Laura

How we care

At Survive-a-Storm Shelters we care enough to offer the kind of personal service illustrated above. We also care enough to provide you with the highest quality, most reliable residential storm shelters sold in America. Our full line of above and below ground shelters provide near absolute protection. FEMA-compliant Survive-a-Storm Shelters have been tried and tested and are able to withstand winds and debris from any EF5 tornado. You can find our products inside many of The Home Depot® stores in states like Alabama, Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Missouri.  They even sell our units on their website at www.homedepot.com. So come check us out on the web at www.survive-a-storm.com or call 888-360-1492.

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Survive-a-Storm Protects Its Own — and More — from Oklahoma Tornadoes

Paula Maggio
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When tornadoes hit Oklahoma City last night, May 6, the Survive-a-Storm team at our Oklahoma City location, 3940 E. I-240 Service Rd., was prepared but not afraid.Boy with SAS 2

That's because they were hunkered down in what they know is "the best storm shelter made." They also knew they had the thoughts and prayers of Survive-a-Storm team members to support them.

Thunderstorms touched off more than two dozen tornadoes and unprecedented flooding. They caused widespread damage in Bridge Creek, Amber, Blanchard, Newcastle and Norman. Ambulances responded to water rescues throughout the Oklahoma City metro area. Ten to 15 homes were damaged in Nebraska, and at least nine tornadoes were reported in Kansas, resulting in property damage.

Satisfied customers

Earlier yesterday, we got an email from a satisfied Survive-a-Storm customer that included two photos of his young son happily posing with the family's newly installed TwisterPod. In one, posted above, he looks as strong and confident as the robot figure pictured alongside. That's how the protection of "the best storm shelter made" makes you feel. FB comment 5-7-15And this morning, another customer added her own favorable comments about our shelters and our service via Facebook. You FB comment 2 5-17-15can read more customer testimonials.

Available at The Home Depot®

What's even better is that Survive-a-Storm Shelters are available at The Home Depot® stores in Oklahoma City, Okla., as well as in Pittsburg, Kan.; Joplin, Springfield, Branson, and Osage, Mo.; Dallas and Ft. Worth. Texas; and Little Rock, Ark. Several models are available. They range from a TwisterPod that accommodates four people to a larger model that accommodates eight. Shoppers walking into those stores will discover a shiny grey metal storm shelter display sitting just next to the store entrance. As they move into the store, they can get an up-close look at a 4-foot in diameter metal cylinder aptly dubbed the TwisterPod. On top of the TwisterPod is a television playing a looping doodle video explaining the process for purchasing the shelter through the world’s largest home improvement retailer. Survive-a-Storm Shelters has been busy rolling out its shelters to Home Depot® stores throughout the Southwest and Midwest. The shelters are sold inclusive of delivery and installation within a generous delivery radius (typically about 50 miles) of each store location. Customers who want to purchase a shelter simply approach any Home Depot® associate and request a complimentary site visit to their home or place of business. The Home Depot then passes this information along to Survive-a-Storm, which schedules the visit within 24-hours.

Makes buying process more timely, efficient

Our complete line of FEMA-compliant storm shelters are available through The Home Depot® website. The move makes buying and installing a storm shelter more timely and efficient, according to Matt Williams, Survive-a-Storm vice president. “Confusion about product testing and quality have been far too common in the storm shelter industry,” Williams said. “Survive-a-Storm Shelters have been designed by licensed professional engineers, tested at Texas Tech University, and manufactured and installed in accordance National Storm Shelter Association (NSSA) and FEMA guidelines, providing reassurance that the shelters distributed through The Home Depot meet these very stringent requirements.” Consumers purchasing shelters through the Home Depot website are encouraged to have their shelters installed by a qualified local contractor and inspected to ensure that shelter installation complies with the manufacturer’s guidelines for installation. The cost of purchasing a Survive-a-Storm Shelter through a Home Depot store ranges from $3,500 to about $5,000.

About our shelters

Survive-a-Storm Shelters are the highest quality, most reliable residential storm shelters sold in America. We offer near absolute protection with our full line of above and below ground shelters. Our FEMA-compliant Survive-a-Storm Shelters have been tried and tested and are able to withstand winds and debris from any EF5 tornado. And with affordable pricing and the many financing options we have made available to our customers, nearly anyone can afford one. Take a look at our customer testimonials and find out how pleased you will be to have a Survive-a-Storm shelter installed for your family.

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Keep Your Tornado Warning Toolbox Stocked — And Head for Your Storm Shelter

Paula Maggio
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How many tools do you have in your tornado warning toolbox? And once you're warned, how prepared are you to keep your family safe from the coming storm?FEMA app

Sirens are a start

Hopefully, your community has a siren system in place, which is often the first tool in the tornado warning toolbox. However, all too often, people fail to hear the tornado warning sirens, and that can create problems. "We get calls every week from people who let us know that they did not hear the sirens," said James Coker, director of the Jefferson County, Ala., EMA. "Sirens are designed for outdoor use. If you are inside a building or inside your car there is a good chance you will not hear a siren."

Weather radios, apps, etc. add additional layers of warnings

But since an outdoor warning siren can give you a false sense of security, more tools should be added to the tornado warning toolbox. A multi-layered approach is needed, according to John De Block, of the National Weather Service (NWS). Such an approach involves weather radios, phone apps and text and/or email notification messages. One example of the latter is Jefferson County's emergency alert system, which notifies residents about imminent threats to health and safety and could help save lives, Coker said. More than 3,300 people have signed up for it. Two apps you can download to your phone are from the National Weather Service and the Federal Emergency Management Agency.  Apps like these offer the advantage of waking you up if you're sleeping because they sound a tone on your phone. According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, about 1,200 tornadoes hit the United States every year, and every state is at risk. In fact, nearly 90 percent of U.S. counties have been under a tornado watch since 2003. So it's a good idea for families to plan a safe room where they can sit out a storm. That's where Survive-a-Storm comes in.

Survive-a-Storm can help you head for your storm shelter

At Survive-a-Storm Shelters, we can help you get ready to head to your storm shelter. With numerous financing Portfolio-3options available as well as multiple storm shelters to choose from, the team here at Survive-A-Storm Shelters is ready to help. We have shelters to fit every household, every situation, and every budget. 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) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) have given us their seal of approval. Give Survive-A-Storm a call today at 888-360-1492. You can also check out our website at www.survive-a-storm.com. We want to answer your questions, ease your mind, and help you give your family one less thing to worry about.      

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Making New Memories and Giving Them Up to Help Storm Survivors

Paula Maggio
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Last weekend, a shop owner in Sycamore, Ill., helped make new memories for some young survivors of the April 9 Fairdale tornado. And a 78-year-old Missouri resident gave up the chance to relive some of his own to help victims of the storm that struck northern Illinois. Here are their stories.girl in twisterpod

Making memories at party fit for a princess

New sparkly duds, freshly curled hair, a pink-frosted cake and a visit from two princesses. It doesn't get any better than that for little girls. That's particularly true when the little girls' homes were destroyed by a tornado less than a month ago. Two tiny girls, ages two and three, were treated to a princess party at Me Unique, a Sycamore, Ill., party and wedding shop on May 3. Shop owner Lisa Wakefield provided new sparkling gowns for the girls, handed them scepters, made sure they had freshly styled hair, and passed them fat slices of cake with pink frosting served on on gold plates. It was a day, according to Wakefield, when the girls could forget about the F4 tornado that hit Fairdale on April 9, destroying their homes and most of the possessions inside. Then she made sure they were able to carry a picture of the new memory away with them, as they posed for professional photographs with the Disney princesses on hand. “[Many] photos were lost during the tornado,” Wakefield told the Daily Chronicle. “It’s huge that we start to rebuild those memories for them with these pictures that they can hang back up on their new walls.”

Hurricane veteran gives up memory-making event by donating travel money

Dan Moyle of Lake of the Ozarks, Mo., donated $250 to disaster relief efforts for Fairdale storm survivors. He had been saving the money to attend a reunion of Vietnam veterans this summer. But, as a two-time hurricane survivor, he decided to donate a chunk of the money to help Fairdale survivors instead. “I hope the best for them,” Moyle told the Daily Chronicle. “I have no idea the number of people that need help, but if there’s one, that’s one too many.”

Safeguard your future memories with a Survive-a-Storm shelter

Make sure your family is safe to experience future memories by installing a FEMA-compliant tested storm shelter today. Survive-a-Storm Shelters offers near absolute protection with our full line of above and below ground shelters, and with affordable pricing and the many financing options we have made available to our customers, nearly anyone can afford one. All of our FEMA-compliant Survive-a-Storm Shelters have been tried and tested and are able to withstand winds and debris from any EF5 tornado. You can find our products inside many of The Home Depot stores in states like Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Missouri.  They even sell our units on their website at www.homedepot.com. So come check us out on the web at www.survive-a-storm.com or call 888-360-1492.  

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Lost and Found: Finding the Way Home After a Tornado

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In the aftermath of a tornado, there are many heartwarming stories. Some involve narrow escapes. Some involve rescues. Some involve rebuilding a community that has been devastated. Others involve everything from a returned wedding dress to a replacement football jersey. Here are a few of those stories.

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Redress

News out of Limestone County, Alabama, this week tells the story of a woman who was reunited with her wedding dress, one year after it was swept away by a tornado. The dress was cleaned, restored and returned to her after it was found among donated items at a tornado relief effort on Highway 72. Tammy Haddock, the dress owner who had lost everything in the previous year's storm, said she will give it to her daughter some day. “I don’t know how much more grateful I could be. Each year, God has thrown something at me that made me more grateful, just for living, for having life. And for the small things,” Tammy told WHNT-19 News.

Puppy love

Two dogs, Twister and Rose, lost their owners and their homes in a tornado in Jones County, Miss., last year. The pit bull mix and German Shepherd spent some time in a shelter before being adopted by new loving families. Twister, the more stressed of the two canines who had trouble finding a new forever home, found one in Georgia after the rescue had "Twister Week" to promote adoptions, according to WFSB-3 News.

Bear hug

Fairdale, Ill., tornado victim Tyler Rowan lost his favorite Chicago Bears jersey in the EF-4 storm, according to reports. So his family reached out to the Chicago Bears, who surprised him with a replacement for the #54 jersey, a cherished keepsake from his late grandmother. This one was autographed by #54 himself -- Brian Urlacher. Rowan says he will frame the jersey and take it wherever he goes.

Prepare your home

At Survive-a-Storm, we are ready to help you prepare your home for any coming storm. Survive-a-Storm Shelters offers near absolute protection with our full line of above and below ground shelters, and with affordable pricing and the many financing options we have made available to our customers, nearly anyone can afford one. All of our FEMA-compliant Survive-a-Storm Shelters have been tried and tested and are able to withstand winds and debris from any EF5 tornado. You can find our products inside many of The Home Depot stores in states like Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Missouri.  They even sell our units on their website at www.homedepot.com. So come check us out on the web at www.survive-a-storm.com or call 888-360-1492. WFSB 3 Connecticut

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New Research Attempts to Provide Seasonal Tornado Forecasts

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This week, we shared an NPR report on the National Weather Service's use of software called SMART. The Social Media Analytics and Reporting Toolkit could allow first responders to target areas that most need the help and give those in the path of the storm a few extra seconds to reach their storm shelters.Prepare But weather researchers at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Severe Storms Laboratory and elsewhere may be able to go that one better. The researchers  are working on a new method they hope will allow emergency responders to prepare for tornadoes weeks ahead of time and warn residents a few days in advance.

More research needed

The development of seasonal forecasts based on climate data could be years away, though, according to Harold Brooks, senior research scientist at the laboratory based in Norman, Okla. Researchers are looking at how seasonal temperatures and trending weather patterns interact with tornado outbreaks. Such seasonal tornado forecasts could help emergency managers prepare well in advance for likely periods of tornadoes, giving officials the opportunity to remind community members about tornado safety preparations

First seasonal tornado outlook

Researchers at Columbia University have put together the first seasonal outlook for tornadoes in the U.S. It could serve as a prototype for what an official forecast might look like in the future, according to Brooks. According to this year's forecast, we should expect an average tornado season. That means roughly 1,000 tornadoes nationwide.

Prepare today

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