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Tornado memories of past and recent storms keep hanging on

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Tornado-SmallMemories make stories, and people love to share those. With tornado season getting a dramatic start as storms blew through Oklahoma and Illinois, people are sharing their tornado stories from long ago and from the recent past.

Forty years ago and the Super Outbreak

The Palm Sunday 1965 tornadoes have been in the news, along with the April 3, 1974, storm, dubbed Super Outbreak, that spawned 148 tornadoes across 31 states in 48 hours. Those who were just teenagers when the storm blew through their areas still remember the sights and sounds of that day, along with the fear they felt."We were scared to death," said Jackie Litchfield Apted, who was just 16 when the tornado passed her home in Sayler Park, Ill., as the family took shelter in the basement for what "seemed like forever."That same outbreak caused havoc miles away in Xenia, Ohio, where 18-year-old Regina Boyd recorded her impressions in her journal at the time and shared her thoughts with meteorologist Rich Wirdzek of WHIO last week in the video posted below.She recalled a plate glass door in her father's jewelry shop shattering and glass flying, as she watched a car flip over on the courthouse lawn across the street before running for cover in the back of the shop.When the storm was over, she viewed the destruction as she walked through town on her way home. Her own house was damaged but standing, and her family was safe, although her 11-year-old brother had had to take shelter in a neighbor's home as he was out delivering papers on his route.

More recent storms and the "luck" of being prepared

Gwen Graber, a Montgomery, Ga., teacher didn't have to go that far back in time to recall a tornado that instilled fear in her heart. She remembered the day in 2005 when she had to lead her fourth graders to safety as a tornado swept through the city. The school was left intact, but her home was destroyed and her husband injured, according to a story posted by WTWO-TV NBC 2.
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Melanie Ross Douvillier's March 25, 2015, Facebook post about the installation of her Survive-a-Storm Shelter hours before a tornado hit her neighborhood.

Graber's takeaway from that experience? It can happen to anyone.By the same token, anyone can prepare themselves for the coming storm. Take Moore resident Melanie Ross Douvillier, for example. Her Survive-a-Storm shelter was installed in her garage March 25, just three hours before an F-2 tornado touched down near her home.She and her two dogs rode out the storm in safety and relative comfort while trees in her neighborhood were split in half and roofs were 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 next day, 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?”

Get ready now with Survive-a-Storm

At Survive-a-Storm we know there is always that chance. That's why we build and install FEMA-approved above ground or below ground shelter that will keep your family safe 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 and 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. 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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Hearts open to Illinois tornado victims

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Heartwarming stories are popping up in the aftermath of the EF4 tornado that hit two northern Illinois communities 80 miles west of Chicago on April 9 -- and hit with such force that it blew debris up to 116 miles away. The single long track tornado carried winds up to 280 mph, according to the National Weather Service.

This above ground safe room at a destroyed home on SW 147th St. in Moore, OK, is still standing after taking the impact of May 20th's EF5 tornado. In the background is the remains of Briarwood Elementary School. Thursday, May 30, 2013, Photo by Paul Hellstern, The Oklahoman

This above ground safe room at a destroyed home on SW 147th St. in Moore, OK, is still standing after taking the impact of the May 20, 2013, EF5 tornado. In the background is the remains of Briarwood Elementary School. Thursday, May 30, 2013, Photo by Paul Hellstern, The Oklahoman

Reunions and generosity

One man was reunited with his dog after losing his wife and his home to the half-mile-wide twister. She was one of two women -- friends and neighbors in the tiny farming town of Fairdale -- who died in the storm that ravaged property in a 20-mile path. A grandmother whose second floor was ripped off her house was reunited with a precious memento after the storm -- a diamond necklace she bought after her retirement. Her granddaughter found it in a pile of debris.The Chicago Cubs collected donations to help storm victims at their April 14 game. One chain restaurant, Culver's, said it would donate 10 percent of sales on April 15 to tornado relief efforts. An online fundraiser collected more than $50,000 for the damaged family-owned farm and zoo in Belvidere hit by the storm. And donations of clothing, shoes, household items and thousands of dollars poured in to help Fairdale storm victims -- so many that officials said they no longer needed food or clothing but could still use cash or gift cards.

Rescues, survivors and good advice

Almost nothing is left of Fairdale, where rescue crews searched each home twice looking for survivors. Despite the danger, one man caught on I-39 in Rochelle stayed in his truck, pulled out his iPhone and filmed the tornado as it crossed the highway, heedless of recommended safety procedures. That video is shared below. Just to show you how devastating that tornado was, it destroyed four homes in Rochelle and leveled a restaurant, leaving only rubble behind. A rescue crew worked into the night to pull a dozen people from the restaurant debris, where they had been huddled in the basement for about 90 minutes.The Illinois tornadoes caused many to offer this advice: Now is the time to install a storm shelter at your own home because it is a necessity, not a luxury. But make sure they are FEMA-approved and tested by Texas Tech University National Wind Insitute so that your new shelter can withstand the strongest of storms.

How we can help

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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Heralds of Spring: Opening Day for MLB … And Tornadoes

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For some, spring is all about this -- opening day for Major League Baseball.baseball-ballIf you're a baseball fan, you may have tuned in to Sunday night's opening day game between the Chicago Cubs and the St. Louis Cardinals. On Monday, you may have been rooting for either the Minnesota Twins or the Detroit Tigers. Or you may have seen the incredible foul ball catch one fan made in his popcorn bucket at the Mariners game against the Angels. Today, you might be cheering for the Phillies as they go up against Boston.No matter which of the MLB's 30 teams you support, one herald of spring is opening day, which is playing out on ball fields across the country, beginning this week. Many of you will be watching.

Another herald of spring -- tornadoes

But spring is known for something else. In Tornado Alley and elsewhere around the country, it also heralds the opening day of storm season, including thunderstorms and tornadoes. And while you can put the opening day for your favorite ball team on your calendar months in advance, you can't do the same with the opening day of storm season.This year, after getting off to a slow start, the spring storm season kicked off March 25 with F2 tornadoes that hit Oklahoma. Today, a severe weather outbreak of large hail, damaging wind and possible tornadoes -- perhaps the worst so far this season -- is predicted for the central U.S. across parts of the central and southern Plains and mid-Mississippi Valley, according to the Storm Prediction Center. About 30 million people live in the risk area, which includes Kansas City, St. Louis, Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Indianapolis and Cincinnati.girl in twisterpod

Get in the batter's box

While you can't plan when your community will be under a storm watch or warning, you can get in the batter's box by being prepared. And at Survive-a-Storm, we are ready to help you prepare 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.    

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Interest in Storm Shelters Spikes After March 25 Tornadoes

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The rush is on. Thanks to the March 25 storms in Oklahoma that left four dead and more than a thousand homes and businesses damaged, Survive-a-Storms is seeing an uptick in inquiries about our storm shelters.Testimonial-1No surprise there. Experts say the best place to be in a tornado is inside a storm shelter, so we are glad to know that homeowners are following good advice.

History repeats itself

It's not the first time Oklahoma residents stepped up their interest in tornado shelters. Back in May 2013, when a mile-wide F5 tornado hit Moore, consumer interest in safe rooms increased dramatically, partly due to the severity of the storm and the financial help that was available.The ShelterMoore Grant Program, funded primarily by the Red Cross, helped make storm shelters more affordable for many residents of the town of Moore, Okla. The grant reimbursed Moore residents for up to $2,500 of the cost of installing a storm shelter in their homes.Survive-a-Storm helped with several storm shelter models of varying sizes, priced starting at less than $3,500. And Survive-a-Storm’s knowledgeable storm shelter experts helped guide residents through the process of applying for their rebates.

Difference in severity

This time things are different. The tornado that hit Moore during rush hour on March 25 was much milder, an F2,and the federal government has determined that Moore is not eligible for federal disaster assistance.“Based on our review of all the information available, it has been determined that the damage from this event was not of such severity and magnitude as to be beyond the capabilities of the state, affected local governments, and voluntary agencies,” according to a letter from FEMA.As a result, Governor Mary Fallin today announced that the state has now requested a disaster declaration to help small businesses in Tulsa and Cleveland counties through the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).

Now is the time

That help for businesses affected by the storm might come through. But whatever happens, now is the time to prepare for any storm coming your way. Survive-a-Storm Shelters can help you do just that. Call Survive-a-Storm Shelters at 888-360-1492 and talk to one of our experts about installing a FEMA-approved above ground or below ground shelter that will keep your family safe in a storm.Survive-a-Storm Shelters offers near absolute protection with our full line of above and below ground shelters. 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.And with affordable pricing and the many financing options we have made available to our customers, nearly anyone can afford one.

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Create Your Own Good Luck: Install a Survive-a-Storm Shelter

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One weather expert says bad luck, not geography, is responsible for the frequency of tornadoes in Moore, Okla. At Survive-a-Storm Shelters we advise folks to 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.That's what Moore resident Melanie Ross Douvillier did. Her S10915266_324931771039133_2161426160711656103_nurvive-a-Storm shelter was installed in her garage last Wednesday afternoon, just three hours before an F-2 tornado touched down near her home. She and her two dogs rode out the storm in safety and relative comfort while trees in her neighborhood were split in half and roofs were 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 next day, 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?”

History of the day

The day of that storm, March 25, was the anniversary of the first tornado forecast in history. On March 25, 1948, two Air Force officers made the groundbreaking forecast after comparing that day's weather to weather conditions occurring five days earlier at Tinker Air Force Base that resulted in destructive tornadoes. They were able to identify certain weather parameters that resulted in tornadoes. The officers issued the tornado warning, despite the fact that the possibility of a second tornado striking the same area within 20 years or more, let alone in five days, was extremely unlikely.The forecast issued by the officers that day was the first step toward establishing the organized warning and watch program that protects the nation today. And as scientists learn more the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is able to improve the lead times for tornado warnings.

Make your own good luck

So make your luck good luck. Call Survive-a-Storm Shelters at 888-360-1492 and talk to one of our experts about installing a FEMA-approved above ground or below ground shelter that will keep your family safe in a storm.Extreme-180x265Survive-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 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.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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Now is the Time to Install Your Survive-a-Storm Shelter

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You can't prepare for tornado season too early or too much. That's what Oklahoma residents learned last week when an F1 tornado hit Moore and Sand Springs and tornadoes were sighted across the state and in Arkansas.girl in twisterpodAnd that lesson is being reinforced today, as folks scurry to have storm shelter installed, according to a news report from Fox 23 that you can view below.

Preparation is key

One Moore resident, Melanie Ross Douvillier, completed her storm preparations in the nick of time. She and her two dogs – including a two-year-old Blue Pit Bull aptly named Karma -- weathered the storm safe inside the Survive-a-Storm shelter installed in her garage three hours earlier. The tornado touched down one-quarter mile from her home, she said.“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?”Preparation was also the key for students and staff at a gymnastics academy in Sand Springs, where a combination of weather monitoring, reviewing weather procedures with staff, and quickly moving everyone to safe shelter ensured everyone's safety when the gym roof collapsed 10 minutes later.The March 25 tornado devastated a trailer park near the Tulsa suburb of Sand Springs, left one dead, sent nine to the hospital, and left more than 20,000 residents without power while turning over trucks, ripping off roofs, shattering windows and doing other damage.

Interest in storm shelters is up

As a result of last week's severe weather, Survive-a-Storm Shelters is definitely experiencing increased interest in our FEMA-compliant storm shelters. And Home Depot, which sells our shelters in states like Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Missouri and on their website at www.homedepot.com, says they are extra busy fielding requests for our shelters.Home Depot employee Steve Gandy tweeted a hearwarming photo of a little girl who is "feeling a little bit safer now," thanks to her family's purchase of a Survive-a-Storm TwisterPod.So, as Oklahoma officials emphasize, be prepared. First, get ready for severe weather by planning, practicing, learning and staying aware to keep your family safe. Then take action to ensure your peace of mind.

We can help today

Call Survive-a-Storm Shelters at 888-360-1492 and talk to one of our experts about installing a FEMA-approved above ground or below ground shelter that will keep your family safe in a storm. Survive-a-Storm Shelters offers near absolute protection with our full line of above and below ground shelters. 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.And with affordable pricing and the many financing options we have made available to our customers, nearly anyone can afford one. 

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Moore Resident Safe Inside Survive-a-Storm Shelter Installed Hours Before Tornado Hits

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When a tornado touched down in Moore, Okla,. around 6:30 last night, ending this year's unusually slow start to tornado season, one Moore resident and her beloved pets were safe inside their Survive-a-Storm shelter installed just hours before the tornado hit.Although some weather pros warned that tornadoes might be in the weather picture yesterday, no tornado warning was issued for Moore before the tornado hit last night.The F1 tornado devastated a trailer park near the Tulsa suburb of Sand Springs, left one dead, sent nine to the hospital, and left more than 20,000 residents without power this morning.

Protected by their newly-installed storm shelter

Moore resident Melanie Ross Douvillier and her two dogs weathered the storm -- which damaged buildings, tore off roofs and left debris strewn across roads -- safe inside their Survive-a-Storm shelter installed just three hours before the tornado hit. The process took just two and a half hours and left them safe, dry and grateful for the protection.Here's her story, which she shared on the Survive-a-Storm Shelters Facebook page last night:
"Just had my Survive-A-Storm shelter installed at 3pm today! (Was picked out of the Moore, OK lottery for a free shelter), NEVER thought I would be in it 3 hours later! I live off 19th and Eastern in Moore. My dogs posing in the shelter!"
10915266_324931771039133_2161426160711656103_nMelanie's comment prompted this March 26 response from Michelle DePorter, another satisfied Survive-a-Storm Shelters customer who hunkered down in her ShelterCube Extreme during last night's storm:FB responseExtreme-210x309

Call Survive-a-Storm to protect your family today

Call Survive-a-Storm Shelters at 888-360-1492 and talk to one of our experts about installing a FEMA-approved above ground or below ground shelter that will keep your family safe in a storm.Survive-a-Storm Shelters offers near absolute protection with our full line of above and below ground shelters. 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.And with affordable pricing and the many financing options we have made available to our customers, nearly anyone can afford one. 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.comSo come check us out on the web at www.survive-a-storm.com or call 888-360-1492.

Coverage of last night's tornado in Moore

While Melanie and her pets were safe in their Survive-a-Storm shelter last night, KFOR Chief Meteorologist Mike Morgan and helicopter pilot Jon Welsh provided live coverage of the storm on the evening news, as it moved through Moore. "This will be the 'tornado' that breaks the drought for March," Greg Carbin, warning coordination meteorologist for the Storm Prediction Center, said before Wednesday's storms hit.Other twisters formed along a line from southwest of Oklahoma City to east of Tulsa, and some touched down in the Ozark Mountains of northwestern Arkansas.Before this week, only about two dozen twisters had been recorded so far this year. During the same three-month period in other years, a count of about 120 is typical. The last time the U.S. had no twisters in March was nearly 50 years ago, according to figures from the Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma.

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Spring Weather Takes Us From Lull to Storms

Paula Maggio
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Last week we wondered if we were experiencing the lull before the storm. This week, we are seeing tornado predictions in the news. Ironic, isn't it?

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Graphic from National Weather Service, Tulsa, Oklahoma Twitter feed at https://twitter.com/NWStulsa/status/580579268947742720/photo/1

Just yesterday, news outlets were touting the fact that no tornadoes or tornado watches had been recorded across the U.S. so far this year, although there are said to be seven confirmed in Alabama, according to data from the National Weather Service.Today the National Weather Service Storm Prediction Center issued a notice that said a "couple tornadoes in addition to very large hail" and damaging winds could occur by the end of the day in Oklahoma, Arkansas and Missouri.A cold front that pushed strong storms through southeastern Kansas and into the affected states is the culprit, according to Corey Mead, a meteorologist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Storm Prediction Center in Norman. He said hail of up to two inches or more in diameter and damaging straight-line winds of 60 mph or more were likely, with severe storms heading into the Southern Plains and a possible tornado whose strength could not yet be predicted.“The overall pattern is not going to be ideal for a number of tornadoes, but a tornado or two cannot be ruled out,” Mead said. After all, it's March, which is when tornado season often begins in parts of the country. In fact, the National Weather Service in Tulsa predicted isolated tornadoes today in northeast Oklahoma.So what does all this mean for the average resident of Oklahoma or Arkansas or Missouri or any other state that sees tornadoes blow through? Well, what else: Be prepared. First, get ready for severe weather by planning, practicing, learning and staying aware to keep your family safe.Then take action. Call Survive-a-Storm Shelters at 888-360-1492 and talk to one of our experts about installing a FEMA-approved above ground or below ground shelter that will keep your family safe in a storm. Survive-a-Storm Shelters offers near absolute protection with our full line of above and below ground shelters. 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.And with affordable pricing and the many financing options we have made available to our customers, nearly anyone can afford one. 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.comSo come check us out on the web at www.survive-a-storm.com or call 888-360-1492. 

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First Winner in our Storm Shelter Giveaway

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We have the first winner in our storm shelter giveaway! Congratulations to Rachel Vanaman, who won the March 20 drawing in our Survive-A-Storm Shelters giveaway with Communication Federal Credit Union, one of Oklahoma’s largest.10285799_794734860575460_5867048838613883291_o

About the drawing

We will give away three more free storm shelters from now through April, just in time for the spring tornado season. Beginning March 20, a new winner drawn each week for four weeks. Register today at this link: http://content.comfedcu.org/win-a-shelter.Here are the remaining drawing dates:
  • Winner 2 announced: March 27, 2015
  • Winner 3 announced: April 3, 2015
  • Winner 4 announced: April 10, 2015
Twister-180x265The above ground shelters, known as TwisterPods, will be on display at selected CFCU branches during the promotion.No purchase or membership is necessary and anyone can register at comfedcu.org/WinAShelter. Limit of one entry per person, per household. Winners will be selected at random. Download the official contest rules here.“Our shelters have been designed by licensed professional engineers, tested at Texas Tech University and manufactured and installed in accordance national professional and federal guidelines,” said Matt Williams, Survive-a-Storm vice president.“We definitely see the need for all Oklahomans to have shelters in order to protect them from our deadly weather. Our hope is that this program will help save lives,” said Larry Shropshire, president and CEO of Communication Federal Credit Union, the first financial institution in the state to initiate affordable storm shelter loans.

About the Twister Pod

The TwisterPod is an attractive and practical above ground storm shelter solution for up to four occupants. With a neutral color powder-coated finish, curved door, and welded-in seating, the Twister Pod Storm Shelter by Survive-a-Storm is engineered to withstand EF5 tornado winds. It is easy to install in an existing garage, carport, or on an outside patio. Its small form factor means that you won’t displace much room in the garage.Survive-a-Storm Shelters are constructed of steel, have passed rigorous testing and are designed to provide near absolute protection against EF5 tornado winds. The residential shelters are distributed through The Home Depot® and through Survive-a-Storm locations in Oklahoma, Arkansas, Georgia, Missouri and Texas, as well as online at http://survive-a-storm.com/.

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Is this the lull before the storm?

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We've all heard of the lull before the storm, right? Well, right now weather experts are busy talking about the tornado lull we are experiencing nationwide.

Some facts

So far this month, there have been no tornadocloud-questionses reported in the U.S. According to Weather Channel meteorologist Greg Forbes, this is only the second time this has happened since 1950.From January through March 12, only 27 tornadoes had been documented across the nation, although the average for March alone is 78, according to statistics from The Weather Channel. By this time of the year, the Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma would have issued 52 tornado watches nationwide. This year the total is four.
“We are in uncharted territory with respect to lack of severe weather,” said Greg Carbin, Warning Coordination Meteorologist with the Norman Storm Prediction Center. “This has never happened in the record of [Storm Prediction Center] watches dating back to 1970.”

The cause

Why the dearth of tornadoes? The jet stream from the Northwest is responsible, with the winter wind and cold across much of the country making things too stable for tornadoes and causing the historic lows."We're in a persistent pattern that suppresses severe weather, and the right ingredients -- moisture, instability and lift -- (have yet to come together)," Carbin said.

What to do

So what to do during the lull before the storm? Get prepared. Because even in years where the tornado counts are low, violent tornadoes still occur. The year 2013 is a perfect example. Although the number of tornadoes nationwide was roughly 30 percent below normal that year, they included some of the strongest tornadoes on record. The May 2013 twisters in Moore and El Reno, Okla., were devastating.At Survive-a-Storm, we stand ever ready to help you prepare 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. 

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