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Above Ground Storm Shelters Are Safest, Most Cost-Effective

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Did you know that above ground storm shelters are the safest, most cost-effective shelters you can buy? That's what FEMA says. As long as the shelters are constructed according to WERC and FEMA requirements, above ground shelters:

"have the best possible combination of cost-effectiveness and protective mitigation features that exists today, and utilizing this type of shelter will result in fewer fatalities, fewer injuries and less damage in the event of a high energy wind event such as a tornado or hurricane," according to a 2010 research paper, "Evaluation of Above Ground Storm Shelters," available on the FEMA website.
Experts at the National Storm Shelter Association agree. "The evidence unequivocally demonstrates that above-ground safe rooms performed without failure during the Moore storms and delivered critical life safety to their occupants," said Matt Williams, who serves on the NSSA board and is an executive vice president at Survive-a-Storm.
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 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

That statement is backed up by research performed by engineer Larry Tanner of the Wind Research Institute at Texas Tech University. Tanner has investigated tornado shelter performance in all major tornado outbreaks during the past 17 years, and his investigations document a record of consistently excellent performance of properly constructed and installed above-ground safe rooms. Tanner and his research were cited in a May 31, 2013, article by Bryan Dean of The Oklahoman. The newspaper reported that Tanner and a team of researchers from the institute who toured Moore after the 2013 tornado found that all 16 above-ground safe rooms or storm shelters that lay in or near the damage path of the storm survived and "performed great." The NSSA asserts that the best way to ensure shelters have been designed by a qualified engineer to meet FEMA guidelines and are tested by a qualified lab such as the Wind Research Institute at Texas Tech University, is to select an NSSA Producer Member as a storm shelter provider. Producer Members are required to meet rigorous tornado shelter quality assurance and ethical standards to qualify for membership and continue in good standing as members of the Association. As a Producer Member, 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, Kansas 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 Shelters Are Built Tough

Paula Maggio
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Yes, our storm shelters are built tough. Tough enough to survive an EF5 tornado. In fact, just last week, one of our satisfied customers compared our Shelter-Cube Extreme Tornado Safe Room to a "tank."  

We thank you for that, Freddy Gonzalez.

It can take abuse

Freddy described it as a tank because its made of quarter inch steel and is  designed to take a massive amount of abuse. It's so durable that it can even be installed outside under the stars! That's right! You can place it in the yard, under a carport, in the garage, or anywhere else that you have a concrete pad that is suitable for mounting this shelter. The Shelter-Cube Extreme, which comes in two sizes, is our most popular above ground steel residential tornado safe room. It features an in-swing door and an escape hatch that is removable from the inside of the shelter--making it nearly impossible to get trapped by storm debris. Plus, this model of tornado safe room includes some great extras including a locking bench seat for your emergency supplies or valuables.

Other tank-tough models too

Of course, when it comes to above-ground models, we also offer the Twister Pod, an attractive and practicalBoy with SAS 2 above ground storm shelter solution for up to four occupants. With a neutral color powder-coated finish, curved door, and welded-in seating, this storm shelter is the ideal solution for budget conscious consumers. 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.

Get your own "tank"

Call Survive-a-Storm Shelters at 888-360-1492 and talk to one of our experts about installing a tank-tough 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.com So come check us out on the web at www.survive-a-storm.com or call 888-360-1492.

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Make Financial Preparations for Severe Weather

Paula Maggio
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At Survive-a-Storm Shelters, we have put together several resources to help you prepare your home for safety in a tornado. But until today, we hadn't thought about how important it is to make sure you have your financial house in order as well. So here are some tips to help with that.

Getting your financial house in order before a storm

  • Gather your vital records so you can keep them safe. These include marriage records, property deeds, birth270x205-3 certificates, wills, insurance policies, passports, Social Security cards, immunization records, medication list and other pertinent medical information, credit card account numbers, car titles, bank and investment account numbers. You can also include at least three years of tax records.
  • Print records that you maintain only on your computer.
  • Place all of the above in a waterproof container or fireproof box and store them in a safe place.
  • Tell someone you trust where these items are located.
  • Keep names and contact numbers for executors, trustees, and guardians in a safe place.
  • Keep enough cash on hand to get through three or four days in case power is out and you can't use an ATM.
  • Make sure your home, car, health and life insurance are up to date.

Preparing your home before a storm

  1. How to get ready for tornado season: Plan, practice, learn, listen, watch and act.
  2. Prepare an emergency readiness kit: This should include enough water and food for several days, along with other items suggested by the American Red Cross.
  3. Helpful apps you can download: From weather to radar to a flashlight.
  4. Keep Your Tornado Warning Toolbox Stocked — And Head for Your Storm Shelter

How Survive-a-Storm can help

Twister-210x309At 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. 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 Alabama, Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Missouri.  They even sell 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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Five tips about tornadoes x 2

Paula Maggio
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Is five the lucky number when it comes to tornadoes? Maybe so.Prepare Just this week, two stories have popped up online that share five tips for staying safe in a tornado or spotting one. One comes from Parade magazine and lists top advice from the book What Stands in a Storm.

How to stay safe in a tornado

  1. Don’t rely only on sirens.
  2. Avoid mobile homes and cars.
  3. Get as low as possible to ride out the storm.
  4. Cover up.
  5. Stay in touch.

How to spot a tornado early

"Twister Tech: 5 Ways to Spot Tornadoes Early" comes from Popular Mechanics. It offers five ways to spot a tornado on its way. They include:

  1. A more targeted warning system that alerts smaller geographic areas to the possible presence of a tornado so that those getting the warning take it seriously.
  2. A new Doppler that can determine the size and shape of exactly what is in the air -- either rain, snow or hail.
  3. The power of sound, including infrasonic arrays that measure super-low-frequency sounds that allow  severe storm activity to be observed from more than 600 miles away.
  4. The power of lightning by using networks of electrical sensors called Lightning Mapping Arrays to pinpoint lightning's location more quickly.
  5. A 3D tornado simulator for study of the storm in great detail.

More helpful safety resources from Survive-a-Storm

At Survive-a-Storm Shelters, we have put together several resources to help you and your family stay safe in a tornado. Click on the links below to read more.
  1. How to get ready for tornado season
  2. Helpful apps you can download
  3. Keep Your Tornado Warning Toolbox Stocked — And Head for Your Storm Shelter

Contact us for help staying safe

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 Boy with SAS 2Survive-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 Alabama, Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Missouri.  They even sell 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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Weather Is Unpredictable, So Be Prepared

Paula Maggio
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Flooding in Texas. A surge of May tornadoes in Oklahoma. What's going on with the weather?Quotation-Mark-Twain-funny-weather-Meetville-Quotes-134700 Well, it's weather. And by definition, that means it's unpredictable.

The cost of flooding in Texas

That also means it can cause some strange situations. In Texas, northeast of Houston, authorities were trying to rescue about 500 stranded cattle after flooding stranded them by turning their pasture into an island. Today, volunteers herded them to safety. Stories like these are not surprising. Last month, enough rain fell on flood-ravaged Texas to cover the entire state with 8 inches of water, meteorologists say. And the state just can't take any more. The flooding has already cost Texas at least $27 million in infrastructure damage. Luckily, the sun is expected to return to the Lone Star State this week, allowing surging rivers to recede.

Above the tornado average in Oklahoma

Although tornado season started off more slowly than average in Oklahoma, recent storms have pushed the state over its average. During an average year, Oklahoma sees about 55 tornadoes, but this year the preliminary count is already up to 61. Eight of those came before May; 53 roared through during May, with the strongest was rated an EF-3. Typically, the tornado season drops off dramatically as we head into June, as the spring jet stream lifts north. However, tornadoes may still be possible.

The cause and the response

Recent sever weather was caused by an El Niño pattern that has split the jet stream in two. The Red Cross is responding to victims of storms and flooding in both states, as governors of the two states declared disasters in more than 80 counties. Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin said damage assessment teams were working across Oklahoma to help the state prepare disaster declaration requests and as of June 1, had requested public assistance from FEMA in 16 counties.

How can you respond? Get ready with a storm shelter

girl in twisterpodHow can you respond? Two words: Be prepared. Get ready for tornado season by downloading helpful apps and be sure to keep your tornado warning toolbox stocked. Then head for your tornado shelter. Don't have one, you say? Not a problem. 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.com So come check us out on the web at www.survive-a-storm.com or call 888-360-1492. https://youtu.be/ckh0QciIgiA    

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Is a Residential Storm Shelter Your Best Port in a Storm?

Paula Maggio
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Should you install your own safe room or storm shelter, plan to share your neighbor's or head for a nearby Twister-180x265community shelter when severe weather kicks up? At Survive-a-Storm Shelters, we advise you to choose the first option for two important reasons: you'll know you have a shelter to keep you safe and you won't have to travel through the storm to reach it.

Our customers agree

Sarah and her husband turned to Survive-a-Storm Shelters when they decided to install their own protection against future Oklahoma storms. They did their research and chose a steel storm shelter that -- thankfully -- fit their family size and their budget.
“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.” – Sarah

Find out more about our tornado safe rooms by watching this video

https://youtu.be/P9iY5-tMJQM

Contact us for help

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. 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 Alabama, Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Missouri.  They even sell 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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How to Choose a Storm Shelter and the Company to Install It

Paula Maggio
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There are lots of storm shelters and safe rooms on the market and lots of companies selling them. So how can you be sure you are purchasing a shelter that will keep your family safe in a storm? And how do you know whether you are dealing with a reliable company? Our customers can testify to the quality and reliability of Survive-a-Storm Shelters, and you can read some of their testimonials for yourself. Meanwhile, here are some facts to help you out if you are considering purchasing a safe room or storm shelter. Make sure the storm shelter you are considering -- and the company that will install it -- meet these standards.

Facts about Survive-a-Storm Shelters safe rooms and storm shelters

  • Follow FEMA 320 and 361 guidelines to ensure near absolute protection in severe wind.Extreme-210x309
  • Tested for debris impact through Texas Tech University Wind Science and Engineering Research Center.
  • Made in the U.S., at our factory in Thomasville, Ga., where we use state of the art  equipment to manufacture the steel components and parts that make up our shelters.
  • Constructed from high quality American made steel.
  • FEMA compliant triple locking mechanisms.
  • Engineered by licensed professional engineers.
  • Storm shelter plans are peer reviewed by independent outside engineers.
  • Shelters designed to provide “Near Absolute Protection” from an EF5 tornado.
  • Distributed nationwide by The Home Depot, one of the world’s biggest brands.
  • Limited lifetime warranty on our residential shelters.
  • Include National GeoLocator Service, which means we will call you after a storm to check on your well being. If we cannot reach you, then we begin calling your listed friends, family members, and neighbors until we obtain confirmation that you are not trapped inside their shelter.  If we are unable to confirm this, then we contact local first responders and provide them with the exact location of the shelter so that they can perform a wellness check.

Facts about Survive-a-Storm Shelters

  • We are the world’s leading manufacturer and distributor of prefabricated steel residential tornado safe rooms (aka tornado shelters), community safe rooms, above ground residential storm shelters, and survival bunkers Portfolio-4in the world.
  • We are committed to providing the highest quality storm shelter products available anywhere on the market.
  • We have a world-class team of professionals standing by to assist you who work hard every day to make your tornado shelter the safest possible place to be in a tornado or other emergency situation.
  • Survive-a-Storm Shelters and its parent company, Harbor Enterprises, brings decades of combined experience working under difficult conditions in the United States, Africa, Central and South America, and the Caribbean –  to you when we are building and deploying your tornado shelter.
  • Our employees are committed to providing first-class, outstanding customer service and support. From our welders and fabricators to the owner of our company, our employees do whatever it takes to get the job done.
  • We are a Producer Member of the National Storm Shelter Association (NSSA).

Contact us for help

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. 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 Alabama, Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Missouri.  They even sell 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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Be Ready for a Tornado With a Storm Shelter and These Apps

Paula Maggio
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If you have a smartphone, you know there is an app for nearly anything you want to do. Since your cell phone is likely to be one of the essentials you take with you when you head for your storm shelter, make sure you have apps downloaded to your phone  that will help you in severe weather.Red Cross tornado app

  1. The American Red Cross tornado app is number one on the list. It can help you understand and prepare for a tornado and includes interactive quizzes and simple step-by-step advice.
  2. A weather app, such as those from either NOAA or the Weather Channel, gives you everything you need to know about the weather, including basics like the current temperature and the hour-by-hour forecast, radar maps and more.
  3. RadarScope takes it all to the next level, displaying information that meteorologists consider when they provice thunderstorm and tornado information. This app allows users to view NEXRAD Level 3 and super resolution radar data.
  4. iHandy Flashlight is more than just a flashlight. It includes a strobe for emergencies, as well as a compass. All three of these features can be handy in the event of a tornado or other severe weather.
  5. Google Maps can help you navigate when you are caught in a storm and provide live traffic updates to keep you out of a jam.

Now about that storm shelter

Get more safety tips for staying safe in severe weather. Then think about installing the best FEMA-compliant storm shelter in America to protect you and your family. That's what Survive-a-Storm Shelters offers. And we also have numerous financing Portfolio-3options available, as well as multiple storm shelters to choose from. 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. 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. 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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Safety Tips for Memorial Day Weekend

Paula Maggio
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Memorial Day weekend is around the corner. Have fun but stay safe by following these tips from Survive-a-Storm for a safe holidaymemorial-day-quote weekend, no matter what the weather. And stop to pay tribute to our fallen heroes with a moment of silence at 3 p.m. local time.

Weather preparedness

Tornado safety

  • Listen to local news or a weather radio to stay up to date.
  • Watch for tornado danger signs: a dark, greenish sky; hail or heavy rain; an approaching cloud of debris; loud, continuous roar or rumble, which doesn't fade in a few seconds; and a sudden stillness or quiet in the air.
  • Take immediate action. Don't waste precious seconds opening windows if a tornado is coming your way. The pressure of the storm will do that for you. Take shelter below ground in a basement or storm shelter or above ground in a safe room. If those options are not available, take shelter in an interior room or hallway on the lowest level. In a high-rise building, hunker down in a small interior room or hallway on the lowest floor. Avoid windows, doors and outside walls, as well as corners, as they attract debris. Cover your head to protect it from debris. Do not take shelter in a vehicle or mobile home or under an overpass or a bridge. If you are caught in a car, stay in the car with the seat belt on. Put your head down below the windows; cover your head with your hands and a blanket, coat, or other cushion if possible. If you are outdoors and shelter is unavailable, lie flat in a ditch or other low-lying area.
  • Get more tips from Survive-a-Storm here.

Lightning safety

  • Get indoors. No place outside is safe in a thunderstorm because all thunderstorms are dangerous.
  • If you hear thunder, lightning is close enough to strike you.
  • When you hear thunder, immediately move to safe shelter. Get inside a home, building, or hard top automobile (not a convertible). Although you may be injured if lightning strikes your car, you are much safer inside a vehicle than outside.
  • Stay in a safe shelter at least 30 minutes after you hear the last thunderclap.

Outdoor fire safety tips

  • Build fires 25 feet away from structures and keep them attended.
  • Keep children at least three feet away from the fire.
  • Don’t use gasoline as an igniter.
  • Have water or a fire extinguisher nearby.
  • Make sure the fire is completely extinguished when you're done. Don't allow it to burn itself out.
  • Follow local burning restrictions.

Grilling safety tips

  • Only use a grill outdoors and while it is attended.
  • When lighting a grill, keep the top open. If it does not light in the first several attempts, wait five minutes before trying again.
  • Check the grill’s gas tubes and hoses before using a grill that has not been used in a while.
  • When grilling, place the grill away from your home, deck railings and out from under eaves.
  • Keep your grill clean.

Safety on the water

  • Wear a life jacket while boating. The U.S. Coast Guard and/or state laws require you to have an approved PFD (also called life jackets and life vests) when you are in a boat, and that boat must carry one PFD for each passenger on board.
  • Have a signaling device on board. This includes a horn or whistle.
  • Have a fire extinguisher on board.
  • Maintain a fully stocked first aid kit.
  • Have an anchor and an extra tow rope on board in case of emergencies.
  • Bring your cell phone and a VHF radio.

Other safety tips

Happy Memorial Day from Survive-a-Storm! And if you need the best storm shelter made in the U.S. today, check us out on the web at www.survive-a-storm.com or call 888-360-1492.    

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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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