A new community storm shelter has been installed at Thankful Community Park along west 14th Street in Anniston. (Trent Penny/The Anniston Star)[/caption] Residents of the Thankful community west of Anniston have one more thing to be happy about: a new storm shelter on 14th Street at Thankful Community Park.The shelter — called a “community safe room” in FEMA’s codes — has room for about 96 occupants, according to Georgia-based manufacturer Survive-a-Storm, along with two bathrooms and hookups for water, gas and electricity. The unit was delivered by truck in a single, prefabricated piece, and anchored to a concrete foundation by welded, embedded steel plates; it measures 480 square feet and can handle some of the most severe winds nature can produce on land.“The units are tested and rated at Texas Tech,” said Kaitlin Parramore, vice president of sales and marketing at Survive-a-Storm. “They’re able to stand up to an EF5 tornado, which has winds up to 250 miles per hour.”County Commission Chairman Fred Wilson said he’d been pursuing a new storm shelter for his district, District 1, for four years, and that he was able to secure funding from the State of Alabama and FEMA in light of recent severe storms. None of the shelter’s $125,000 price tag will dig into county funding.“It’s necessary; people who live in mobile homes need to go somewhere,” Wilson said.The unit is expected to have utility connections and be ready for public use within the month, Wilson said, though there’s not a specific timeframe just yet. Fortunately, the building’s quarter-inch steel walls work with or without power, and Wilson is working on a committee of key holders who can open the shelter when it’s needed.Wilson said that there’s a plan in place with FEMA to add shelters in each of the other four districts, though there are no dates set for work on those projects at this time. He said he’d like to get another shelter in his district in Hobson City, as well.At present, Calhoun County has seven community safe rooms, located in Jacksonville, Webster’s Chapel, White Plains, Ohatchee, Piedmont and in Oxford at Bynum and DeArmanville.For their part, Survive-a-Storm has faith in their product: Parramore said that her parents have one of the company’s residential storm shelters in their yard in Georgia, and she’s used it herself when storms have kicked up.“I’m like, ‘Mom, I’m coming over (when storms start),’” she said, laughing. [Read more]
Hurricane season brings with it wind damage and the added stress of tornadoes.Even though we are not in what is known as our regular tornado season, we are headed into the fall tornado season. Every year, in the months of November and December, fall tornado season catches more people off-guard than those in the early spring months. This happens mostly because so many people are unaware that fall tornado season actually exists. In fact, even though we have what is called ‘tornado seasons’, the truth is, tornadoes can actually happen wherever and whenever. What’s worse is that while hurricanes are tracked over a period of several days, giving people the opportunity to find a safe place to go, tornadoes are not nearly as accommodating. In Thomasville, there were numerous tornadoes that were spawned from Hurricane Michael, adding to the chaos and damage.
As we head into November and the Fall Tornado Season, we are reminded why we do what we do.Survive-a-Storm Shelters is the leader in tornado shelters. We have saved hundreds of lives across the nation over the years, and the “peace of mind that comes with owning one of our shelters is priceless” in the words of so many of our customers.If you would like more information as to how you can protect your loved ones from the next tornado, give us a call today at 888-360-1492 or check out our shelters in more than 150 Home Depot stores across tornado alley. We look forward to hearing from you! [Read more]
For our Survive-a-Storm team members, however, the tornado that struck Albany was a grim reminder that what we do as a company and as a team matters.In regards to the Albany tornadoes, The Weather Channel reported:
- “Storm surveys done jointly by the National Weather Service offices in Peachtree City, Georgia, and Tallahassee, Florida, found an EF3 tornado that ravaged parts of Albany, Georgia, on January 22 was on the ground for an hour and 12 minutes, tearing an almost 71-mile path through parts of five Georgia counties”.
- The site also notes that “only 26 tornadoes in the U.S. from 1995 through 2015 had a maximum width larger than the Albany tornado”.
Tornadoes happen in the United States more than anywhere else in the world.This is a fact. It is also true that there are ways in which we can protect ourselves from the natural phenomenon that is a tornado. They reap havoc and cause devastation every where the winds from them blow. People lose their homes, their possessions, and sometimes, their lives, trying to outrun, or out hide tornadoes, and, as it happens, sometimes people just get caught off-guard.Sadly, that is exactly what happened in Tuscaloosa, Alabama seventeen years ago. On December 16, An EF-4 tornado ripped through the southern part of the city, killing 11 people, and traveling 18 miles before finally dissipating. Reports indicate that the tornado that took the life of a 15-month old boy, among others, was “the single strongest tornado to hit Tuscaloosa County in 50 years.” Winds averaged between 175-200 mph.
What is most amazing, is that the Tuscaloosa tornado of 2000 happened in December, a time of year when tornadoes aren’t nearly as prevalent.While people were preparing for the holidays, the idea of a tornado couldn’t have been further from their minds. As more and more research are being performed on tornadoes, people are getting smarter, more prepared, and better equipped to be able to save the lives of their loved ones, no matter when a tornado decides to appear.Survive-a-Storm Shelters is a company that offers peace of mind to families, communities, and companies. It is more than just a desire to be the best company in the market—we want to save lives, too! As the number one storm shelter provider in the United States, our company meets/exceeds the industry standard, has saved more lives, over and over, than the other brands, and continues to be the most affordable and toughest competitor on the market.We aren’t some fly-by-night company—we are Survive-a-Storm Shelters! With every unit we build, we are remembering the lost lives, and those whose lives we have saved since we committed ourselves to becoming America’s number one storm shelter. If you would like more information on how you can protect your loved ones, give us a call today at 888-360-1492. This is no time better than right now. [Read more]
National Storm Shelter Association (NSSA). This means Survive-a-Storm Shelters are meeting and exceeding FEMA requirements and the national ICC-500 building codes. All the Survive-a-Storm Shelters have been tested at the National Wind Institute at Texas Tech University to ensure when we place the NSSA seal inside the shelter, our customers know they are getting the very best.[caption id="attachment_15650" align="aligncenter" width="1142"] With the highest number of tornadoes in the US, storm shelter grants are a necessary blessing for many families.[/caption]But don’t just take our word for it. Ask the Home Depot. For the last several years, Survive-a-Storm Shelters has partnered up with the Home Depot to allow consumers to physically put their hands on our products before purchasing. We are the only in-store storm shelter company that can place our products inside Home Depot locations across the nation so that our customers can see and feel the strength and durability of what storm shelter they are trusting their lives to. The number one phrase we hear from our customers time after time is this: “The peace of mind that owning a Survive-a-Storm Shelter has given us is priceless.”Knowing this, pairing the best built storm shelters with a rebate program that helps consumers pay for that incredible peace of mind just makes sense. Together Survive-a-Storm Shelters and the Home Depot is accepting the grants that the NCTCOG offers!And since we offer installation within 4 weeks of purchase through the Home Depot, there won’t be a long, drawn out delivery and installation! Check out the locations offering rebates in your area, and if you are wondering if we can meet their requirements, we can. And even if there is not a rebate in your particular area, don’t delay. We have affordable financing options available for everyone. If you would like to know more, give us a call today at 888-360-1492. Peace of mind is calling you. [Read more]
What do I need protection from most?Everyone might not answer this question in the same way, because let's face it, we all have a degrees of variance when it comes to fear. And who else are we trying to protect? Family? Friends? Co-Workers? Are we only responsible for our own self? The answer to that question helps determine the size of your plan of safety.For most of the people we encounter, they have a strong desire to find protection against tornadoes and other severe weather, as well as home invasion. For others, especially those within the prepper communities, they want shelter for when the TEOTWAWKI (The end of the world as we know it) comes or when the SHTF ('stuff' hits the fan). Either way, people are serious about safety and peace of mind.We get calls every day for people who are putting together their safety plan. Do some research before deciding on which kind of product will best suit your needs. Keep in mind, concrete and fiberglass are not as dependable as 100% steel. The greatest satisfaction is knowing we have a solid, safe, and secure solution for anyone who decides to pick up the phone and call us. If you would like to know more about what we have to offer, dial 888-360-1492 and speak with one of our experts. You'll be glad you did. [Read more]
best use of concrete is to mount an above ground steel storm shelter to. We are either testing the concrete we are mounting our shelters to or we are pouring our own slab.
When combined with our anchoring system and solid concrete slabs, our steel storm shelters are the nearest absolute protection anyone can have against tornadoes!While it appears that the U.S. has made it through another tornado season, one thing is certain, the inability to determine an actual ‘tornado season’ is one of uncertainty and ambiguity. Even if we pull up weather reports right now, the chance of a tornado forming somewhere is possible. Even Georgia’s newest records were set outside of ‘tornado season’.So, what can we do to protect ourselves? Prepare. Create a family safety plan for you and your loved ones. And if you would like to know more information about how we can help you, please give us a call. We are not into high pressure sales, we are into protection. Our shelters are built to be Solid. Safe. And Secure. Give us a call today. 1-888-360-1492 [Read more]