Thankful community gets storm shelter

[caption id="attachment_15786" align="aligncenter" width="1604"] 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]
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In the AfterMath of Hurricane Michael: Tornadoes Cause Damage

[caption id="attachment_15768" align="aligncenter" width="800"]Wind damage Wind Damage from Hurricane Michael and a possible tornado in Thomasville, Georgia.[/caption] Driving through our small town of Thomasville and seeing the destruction that Hurricane Michael caused, my heart is heavy.  I think about Panama City, Tyndall Air Force Base, and what used to be Mexico Beach, and I wonder how so many displaced people are just supposed to pick back up and start all over.  Where will they go?  How can you start over from nothing?  Sure, they are thankful to be alive, but now they are presented with no home, no job, no vehicle, no food, no shelter from the elements, no way to feed their children, much less their pets.  Their situation is one of devastation and chaos.  Texans and Oklahomans, and anyone else living in a place where tornadoes have caused similar ruin can definitely relate to those displaced from the damage that Hurricane Michael and its many spawned tornadoes produced.

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]

Oklahoma Weather—Strange and Unusual Behavior

 So far, Mother Nature seems to be in stealth mode where tornadoes are concerned.  Is she is just being lazy or is this the calm before the storm?  Either way, the fact that not one tornado has been recorded in the state of Oklahoma since October 21, 2017 leaves many residents thankful for the quiet.  Rick Smith, the warning coordination meteorologist in Norman, Oklahoma understands that while “every day in April or May without a tornado is a wonderful day” he also says, “it is past time to be ready for tornadoes”. Let’s face it, the season is upon us.  Tornadoes are already being recorded within miles of the state lines, where the Texas Panhandle and Arkansas have already been hit.  Some meteorologists have predicted an outbreak in Oklahoma for this week, and hope that the silent beginning of tornado season hasn’t fooled Oklahomans into not being prepared.  Everyone should already have their storm shelter cleaned out and ready, or at least a safety plan in place.Rick Smith also believes it shouldn’t matter if 10 tornadoes are expected, or just one, “routine preparedness is best”.No one ever wants to live in fear of what could happen, but anyone living in the heart of tornado alley should make owning a tornado shelter and having a safety plan set in place their top priority. [Read more]
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Albany Tornadoes 2017: We Remember

One year ago, this month, Southwest Georgia area was caught off-guard by one of the sneakiest and most unexpected EF3 tornadoes.  Of course, there were a total of eight southern states that were affected by the swarm of tornadoes.

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.

tornadoesIn 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”.
These facts only confirmed our company's convictions at making sure our tornado shelters were the best in the nation and on the market.  We not only want to be the best built, but also the most affordable so that anyone and everyone who wants or needs a tornado shelter can get one.As we approach the anniversary of the Albany tornado, the Survive-a-Storm team understands there are worse tornadoes reported every year in other places throughout tornado alley.  However, this unexpected tornado that claimed the lives of 15 people, 4 in Albany alone, hit a little close to home and headquarters.We have not lost our determination and resolve in remaining America’s #1 storm shelter provider.  We are still partnered with The Home Depot, and still rank #1 in Customer Service.  We want to be that source of protection and peace of mind for your family.  We have many options available to make sure your family has a storm shelter and safety plan in place.  Don’t wait until Spring.  The best time to create a safety plan is when you don’t think you’ll need one.  Give us a call today at 888-360-1492.  Start 2018 with peace of mind! [Read more]

Be Prepared, Lest We Forget: Remember Tuscaloosa

Just ask the folks who live in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.Oftentimes after a tragedy occurs, we spend the next few years honoring those who may have fallen, or who may have been affected by said tragedy.  As life goes on and we begin to heal, we move further away from the event and place less emphasis on it as our lives move forward.  There are some things that happen, however, that we should never forget.  We must take what happened and glean and grow from it.

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]

Storm Shelter Grants – We Accept Them!

Texas is a state that cares about its citizens.  In fact, they care enough to put programs in place to help local citizens feel safe in their own homes.  One such program, the North Central Texas Safe Room Rebate Program, is one of the storm shelter grants that the North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) has up and running.  The rebate, which is funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), covers half of the cost of construction with a cap of $3,000.  For many Texans, this program is a blessing.There are requirements though, and not every company that accepts storm shelter grants can meet them.  However, Survive-a-Storm Shelters has been meeting storm shelter rebate requirements for years, and the North Central Texas Safe Room Rebate Program is no exception.  Survive-a-Storm Shelters is still and has been for many years, a Producer Member of the 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"]storm shelter grants 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]
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Protection – What Scares You?

We live in a world with so much going on around us all the time.  One commodity that we fight for is protection.  We seek shelter from things that scare us or that have the capacity to harm us.  Shelter seekers are often running from things like terrorist attacks, government corruption, economic collapse, home invasions, and sever weather such as hurricanes or tornadoes.ProtectionSome people even try to prepare against zombie attacks.ProtectionIn order to be prepared for anything, you have to ask yourself:

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.ProtectionWe 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]
Albany Tornadoes

Crazy Tornadoes | Is There a Shift in the Ranks?

Texas, Oklahoma, and Alabama are typically in the outrank other states for the most tornadoes each year.  However, all three states have been bumped down while Georgia has claimed the number one spot in the nation so far for 2017.  January 21st-22nd staged a two-day outbreak which broke state records and rocked the Southwestern area of Georgia.  In the previous 20 years, Georgia ranked 19th with only 30 tornadoes per year; however, in the January outbreak, 35 tornadoes were confirmed.  From January through May, there have been over 100 tornadoes in Georgia, with another outbreak occurring in early April. Thirty-four tornadoes developed over 3 days from April 3rd through April 5th.  Sadly, and so far, about ½ of the U.S. tornado deaths have occurred in Georgia this year, 16 of which occurred on the January 21st-22nd outbreak.One area in the Southwest most particularly effected was Albany, Georgia.  One thing to note of a importance is reports of “a concrete block church (that) was demolished”.  Many concrete storm shelter companies will tell their customers that concrete is as durable as steel.  That is simply not true.  We hear of more concrete shelters that crack or crumble under pressure and know that steel is always a better option.  When it comes to tornado shelters, research shows that the 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’.Albany TornadoesSo, 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]

Meet a Member: Bryan

The atmosphere at Survive-a-Storm Shelters is one of unity, loyalty, and harmony.  Our team members all love what they do and one of the most connected parts of the job is reaching out to our customers.  Bryan is one of our lead residential sales team members and one of his favorite parts about his job is helping families get protection.  Each day, Bryan spends hours on the phone discussing the integrity of our storm shelters, helping potential customers in their research to find the perfect shelter to suit their needs.  And for Bryan, each phone call is just as important and unique as the next.  Every customer has a degree of varying needs that he wants to accommodate.[caption id="attachment_15580" align="aligncenter" width="640"]Bryan                                              Bryan is customer service at its finest.[/caption]

Survive-a-Storm Shelters has been voted #1 in Customer Service in Home Depot’s Service Provider vendors.  We weren’t ‘given’ that honor.  It is something that Bryan and our whole team take seriously and we do our very best to earn that title every single day.  No matter how superior our product is on the market, no matter how many lives we save, if we aren’t taking the best care of our customers, we’ll simply be just another storm shelter company.We are thankful to have someone like Bryan on our team.  He cares about his customers, he cares about his potential customers, and he cares about their loved ones.  If you would like to speak to Bryan or any one of our other sales team members, give us a call today.  They’ll answer your questions, ease your mind, and fit you and your loved ones into the perfect storm shelter. [Read more]
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Tornado Myths – What Have You Heard?

Tornadoes have been a weather phenomenon for centuries.  And with that, come many tornado myths.  From the first published photographs of tornadoes, people were both in awe and afraid of them.  The chaotic whirlwinds can blow through a town and destroy one side of the street, one home on a street, or demolish the entire town.  They bounce around, with no rhyme or reason, a respecter of no one and no city. When it comes to their behavior, there are some common myths that need to be addressed to educate the masses.  For one, many believe that the intensity of a tornado is based on the funnel size.  This is a false statement.  Tornado funnels can change sizes during its life-cycle.  Not only that, over 100 violent storms in the last 60 years have been no larger than 300 feet across.  A smaller tornado does not mean a lesser tornado.Many also believe tornadoes only travel in one direction and never strike the same place twice.  First, tornadoes are chaotic at best.  They move in erratic patterns and are quite unpredictable.  While many tornadoes do move in a northeasterly direction, this is not always the case.  The 1997 EF5 tornado that struck Jarrell, Texas traveled southwest.  And to think tornadoes don’t strike the same place twice is one of the wildest tornado myths ever.  For example, in 1916, 1917, and 1918, the town of Codell, Kansas was hit by a tornado—on the same day of each year!  Talk about irrational![caption id="attachment_15564" align="aligncenter" width="500"]tornado myths vs facts Codell, Kansas Tornadoes[/caption]

Tornado myths need to be tossed aside.

One last tornado myth that must be debunked is the thought that a tornado is only dangerous if it hits the ground.  This is wrong.  The violent winds and debris from the winds of a tornado can be just as damaging and deadly as a tornado that skips across the ground.  It is the wind and the debris that cause damage.Of course, there are more myths where tornadoes are concerned, and it is important to know what you are up against concerning tornadoes.  One of the most important things you can do to protect yourself and your family is to have a safety plan in place and educate yourselves on how tornadoes look, how they form, what perfect conditions spawn them, etc.The more you know, the better.  If you live in an area that is more prone to tornadoes, consider purchasing a Survive-a-Storm Shelter made of steel.  (Concrete crumbles, and fiberglass cracks.)  If you would like to know more, give us a call today at 1-888-360-1492. [Read more]