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Fame over Substance? Not Today.


Gary England, an Oklahoman icon, really understands the difference between fame and success.  England had been a chief meteorologist for over 40 years was the chief meteorologist at Channel 9 in Oklahoma City, a position he had held since 1972. This has made him a living legend in the state: the voice of public safety for roughly 2,000 tornadoes. England was also the first on-air meteorologist to alert viewers of a possible tornado using a commercial Doppler weather radar.  With a cult like following, England is a pop culture icon in Oklahoma City. He has been following the weather in Oklahoma since he was a child, where severe weather incidents shaped his love and interest in the dynamics of forecasting weather.  Some even believe him to be the first storm chaser.

Many great men, like Gary England, follow the principal of his twitter catch phrase, “Never confuse fame with substance.”

Marlon Brando once quipped, “Never confuse the size of your paycheck with the size of your talent” while F. Scott Fitzgerald once said, “Never confuse a single defeat with a final defeat.”These words of wisdom can been seen as both humbling and victorious, and in every way, these great men were reminding us that things like substance and talent can be measured in various ways, but we need to determine what is real, and true, and worthy of respect. Our President and CEO, Lucas Stewart, is one of such great men who, like Gary England, follows the principal of having substance over fame.  Anyone can become famous, but to be known for great accomplishments, accomplishments that have substance and meaning, well, that is where admiration and respect stem from.  Another aspect of propriety that Lucas shares with the aforementioned men is that of fairness.  One thing I have learned from working for a company like Survive-a-Storm Shelters is that Lucas Stewart is reasonable and just in all of his dealings, not only with other companies we use for services, not only to his family-like employees, but mostly and most importantly to his customers.  If there is a complaint, issue, or discrepancy, Lucas wants it handled fairly and refuses to be operate a big company that will bully another entity, especially our consumers.People who buy our storm shelters are already doing so often in a vulnerable position, whether it be from fears or past experience.  Taking advantage of someone we hold in such high regard would be out of the question.  Survive-a-Storm Shelters is being launched nationally and growing expeditiously, but even still, Lucas Stewart will not waver in his belief that honesty and fairness, like Thomas Jefferson once stated, “Is the first chapter in the book of wisdom.”If you would like to buy a storm shelter from an American owned and operated company, who believe the customer is to be treated fairly and with utmost respect and honesty, then give us a call today at 888-360-1492 or check out our website at  You’ll love the peace of mind knowing that not only do you have a solid built storm shelter, but you bought from a company with substance: Survive-A-Storm Shelters.

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