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]
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Answer the Call: Geolocator Service

A message from Cynthia:My cell phone rang at the most inopportune time.  My hands were full.  I was busy carrying in groceries and dealing the children.  The dog was barking and a storm was headed our way.  I ignored the call, think one more thing was just too much.    My husband is a truck driver who spends weeks away from us, and since the call did not come from his cell phone, I just figured I could let it go to voicemail and would listen to it later.callIn the middle of putting groceries away, I heard the tornado siren. The kids came running from their room, knowing we only had a few minutes to get into our shelter.  I gathered the kids and the dog and we ran to our garage and got safely into our shelter.  Thankfully, I remembered to bring my cell phone.Sitting there, all I could think was, I need to call Richard!  I tried calling my husband to let him know we were sitting safe inside our storm shelter.  After 3 attempts, and the call going straight to voicemail, I gave up.

He would call when his phone turned back on, I thought.

Then, my cell phone started ringing again, and this time it was the same number that tried to call in the chaos from earlier.  I wasn't in the mood for some unknown caller.  I was wanting to hear from my husband!  I declined the call.  Again, the unknown caller tried my cell again.  This time, I felt as if the person calling was just not getting it.  Angrily, I declined once more.  Almost immediately, my cell rang again, the same persistent unknown caller!callSomething down deep told me this wasn't just a solicitor.  Finally, I answered in a huff.  My husband was on the other end and he gasped and started crying.  His phone had broken and he had to borrow a cell phone from one of his regular gas stops so he could check on me and the kids.  When I kept refusing to answer, his worry increased, and by the time I did answer, relief just overwhelmed him.Richard stayed on the phone with me until the storm passed.  He was thrilled with the peace of mind that we were safe inside of the storm shelter we bought from you guys, even though he had a moment of panic.

Not too long after, we got a call from the Geolocator service to check on us.  I didn't recognize that number either.

But thankfully, I answered it only to realize that your service and your word are what makes you such a dynamic and outstanding company.We thank you for not only the well-designed storm shelter, but for the peace of mind, and the service that goes along with being your customer.If you are our customer, and you receive a call after a tornado has passed through your area, please answer the call if you are able to let us know you are safe.  Thanks, Cynthia!  We are thankful you and your family are safe and we are happy to be of service!  [Read more]
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Can Hurricanes Spawn Tornadoes?

When it comes to hurricanes, meteorologists can generally give impact areas a few days notice of when and where it might hit.  I can remember my father preparing our home for Hurricane Allen when we lived in Corpus Christi, Texas.  He boarded up the windows and tied down anything we had outside that couldn't fit in the shed, like our grill and picnic table.  Meanwhile, my mom was packing our clothes because we were heading north for a few days until Hurricane Allen went away.We went to Austin, Texas which was only inland about 3 hours away, but my parents knew that was safer than trying to ride out the storm in our home.  One thing they must not have considered, however, was the possibility of tornadoes that could spawn from the hurricane.  According to one report, "The hurricane brought a 12-foot storm surge to coastal Texas, with sustained winds estimated at 125 mph, and over 20 inches of rain to the area. Since this portion of Texas and Mexico were sparsely occupied, casualties were low, with only six deaths reported in Texas. However, Allen caused nearly US$300 million in damage at landfall, nearly a third of that as a result of a hurricane-spawned tornado in Austin" (submitted by NOAA).

We went to Austin to be SAFE!

I remember sitting inside the small hotel room with my newborn baby brother, and my other siblings and my parents and my grandmother.  We were all together, riding out the storm, praying we were going to be safe.  There was no storm shelter, and nowhere else to go in that moment.  Thinking back, it would have been such a tragedy to have escaped the hurricane only to be wiped out by a tornado in the place we ran to for safety.

Hurricanes may be stronger, but when it comes to lives, tornadoes can be more dangerous.

[caption id="attachment_15527" align="aligncenter" width="980"]hurricanes Damage seen after Hurricane Allen.[/caption]We have learned quite a bit about weather in the way of hurricanes and tornadoes since 1980.  First, we know that with a hurricane, there is ample warning to get to a safe place ,to head inland, to avoid impact.  We have also come to the understanding that tornadoes can very much be a side effect of a hurricane with little to no warning whatsoever.  Even many years later, tornadoes are still the unwanted offspring that form over larger areas of land as the arm bands of the hurricane begin to stretch out over the shores and move further inland.When we got home a few days later, we could see the water line on our front door which reached a few inches below our doorknob.   Fortunately for us, we lived in Navy base housing, so any damage that we suffered was taken care of by Naval Air Station Corpus Christi.  We were thankful to have made it through such a major hurricane, and even more thankful to have survived the tornado in Austin.  Now, as an adult, I completely understand the need to protect my own family from tornadoes, and wouldn't trust their safety to anyone but Survive-a-Storm Shelters.Tropical storms can also produce tornadoes, as well as supercell storms.  It is always best to be prepared.  If you would like to know more information, please feel free to give us a call at 1-888-360-1492. [Read more]

Do Meteorologists Know When a Tornado is Coming?

Meteorologists are fairly successful at determining weather patterns such as hurricanes, supercell storms, cold fronts, warm fronts, and other weather conditions.  It is the tornado, however, that tends to baffle and confound most weathermen and women.  Tornadoes can happen in a matter of minutes and without much warning.First, know the difference between a tornado watch and a tornado warning.  A tornado watch means that conditions are favorable and that a tornado can form because of those conditions.  A tornado warning means that a tornado has been witnessed or one has shown up on radar.  When weather begins producing storms, it is always best to be on the lookout.

Listen to local weather reports so that you are not caught off-guard.

Once you know you are under a tornado warning, seek safety immediately in your storm shelter, or in the lowest, most inner parts of your home, school, or workplace.  Often times, hail will precede a tornado, and when close, sounds much like a freight train.  Many tornado survivors have stated that the loudness is followed by an eerie silence, and the sudden drop in air pressure can make you feel like you have gone deaf.If you have a tornado story you would like to share, please feel free to contact us at admin@survive-a-storm.com.  We would love to hear from you!  You can also call us at 1-888-360-1492, or follow us on our Facebook page! [Read more]

Installation Times:  How Long is the Process?

If you are purchasing one of our standard units, then our typical delivery can be anywhere from 2-4 weeks, depending on your location, where our install teams are working, and how quickly we can get your building permit, if your city or town requires one.  And don’t worry, we take care of obtaining any required permits for you.  All you need to do is be home when we show up for installation!customer installation happy customer installationBy the way, our installation team cleans up after themselves also!  They are always professional and courteous, and should call ahead to let you know their exact arrival time.  We want to make sure you are feeling safe and secure when we leave and are happy with your experience.One reason we can install so quickly is due to all our units going through a process of computer numeric coding (CNC) which ensures all our units are built to the standards in which they were designed and tested.  This allows for a faster build time which enables us to install on a safer and much faster scale than our competitors.If you want a storm shelter that is Solid.  Safe.  Secure. Give us a call today at 1-888-360-1492. [Read more]

Summer Safety Tips: Protect the Children

Summer is here at last!  As parents, we have a mix of emotions, because, while some of us parents are at work, our kids are free from school and schedules.  As parents, it is up to us to make sure, even when we are not with them, that they are safe!Teaching summer safety tips to our children will be beneficial to them during those times when they are with friends or other family members who might not be thinking ahead.Summer is for swimming—it is so hot!  Wearing sunscreen is of utmost importance.  An SPF of no less than 30 as well as light clothing is helpful to prevent sunburn and unhappy children.  Parents, too!  With Melanoma so prevalent, sun safety needs to be a top priority!  Be sure your children know the importance of sunburn protection so they can either put sunscreen on themselves, or alert another adult to do so for them.When around or near water, it is important to always have an adult with children, even if they have been taught how to swim.  Younger children might panic if they fall in and get caught off-guard. Teaching small children while they are young the importance of not running at a pool will help minimize accidents, too.The flying and/or creepy crawlies of summer can be quite a nuisance also.  There are wasps, bees, mosquitoes, ticks, snakes, chiggers, and the list goes on.  If your child or children like to play outdoors, it is best to teach them to be aware of bugs and snakes that can hurt them.  Ticks are especially bad this time of year and can carry diseases, while snakes like to hide in trees, bushes, tall grass.  Raise your child’s awareness so they are always conscious as to watch where they step, climb, or crawl when playing outdoors.summerSummer can be the best time of the year, with so many fun things to do and so many things to explore.  We want our children to enjoy those endless summer days and nights, while at the same time, knowing how to make smart, safe choices.  Protect your greatest assets—the children.  Always have a safety plan in place, no matter what season or situation they are in.  Have a great summer!summersummer [Read more]

Lightning Strikes: And Then You’re O U T

Thunder is nature’s warning call.  If you have ever seen the sign, “When thunder roars, go indoors!”  then you know it is true.  The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the National Weather Service (NWS) believe in not taking chances when it comes to lightning.lightning 

One of the best ways to protect yourself from lightning is to head indoors or inside a vehicle at the first sound of thunder.

If you can hear the sound of thunder, you are within striking distance.  Being indoors ensures complete safety.  If you find yourself in a position where getting indoors or inside of a vehicle is not an option, there are some precautions that might help you.
  • Avoid open fields, tall isolated trees or tall objects, and hilltops
  • Avoid staying in a large group, spread out to keep lightning current from traveling from person to person in the event someone gets struck
  • Avoid water, including pools, lakes, rivers, etc. as well as wet items as they are strong conductors of energy
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Know your weather patterns, and pay attention to storm clouds rolling in.  Lightning is powerful and deadly.  One bolt of lightning can reach over 5 miles, can contain 100 million electrical volts, and can range in temperatures of up to 50,000 degrees Fahrenheit!

Many find that lightning is beautiful to look at.  For example, this video by Pecos Hank from Youtube shows the beauty of lightning and its awesome power:https://youtu.be/olsXovs-vZ0But let’s be clear—lightning is extremely dangerous!  Keep in mind, if someone around you gets struck by lightning, they will not carry an electrical charge and are safe to touch.  It will be urgent to get them medical care immediately.Please be safe when it comes to the weather, especially extreme weather.  Lightning is awesome.  Lightning is also deadly.  Use good judgement and play it safe! [Read more]

Tornado Weather – How Will I Know When to Worry?

Tornado weather is unpredictable and chaotic.  Especially since tornadoes can wreak havoc on large and small communities alike, from large businesses to small families.  Science has yet found a way to give an advanced notice on impending tornadoes.  Even hurricanes have a few days lead time, so those being impacted can make the decision to batten down the hatches or leave town.  So then, what are some ways to be prepared when weather conditions are favorable for tornadoes?Well to begin, when the skies turn dark, listen to TV or radio newscasts for up to date information on the current weather.  Chances are, if you see the dark storm clouds rolling in, your local news station is already reporting any danger that might be possible.tornado weather If news reports are unavailable to you in that moment, then know what danger signs to look for.  Things that precede a tornado include things like large hail, a greenish colored sky, and a low-lying cloud that rotates.  It is this supercell storm that produces the funnel clouds in the sky.  Once those funnel cloud touch the ground, you have yourself a tornado, which will have the deafening roar like that of a large freight train.Besides knowing what to look for, it is important to have a safety plan in place for you and your loved ones.  This includes having a plan in place and knowing where to go no matter your situation.  A safety kit is also helpful in the event you or a family member gets hurt, needs water, wants a snack, etc.  Every safety kit can be modified for your own needs.  So be knowledgeable, get prepared, and be ready![caption id="attachment_15423" align="aligncenter" width="640"]tornado weather Tips for Tornado Weather[/caption] [Read more]

The Importance of a Solid Anchor

As America’s #1 storm shelter provider, we must be very absolute and informed of which company we choose to help anchor our storm shelters.  After much research and careful consideration, we only trust our tornado shelters to be secured with Redhead Anchors.   Our Twister Pod, although it has 24 anchor holes, requirements only ask for 12 to be used.  They can be anchored from inside the shelter or outside.  These choices give our customers more choices when placing their shelters.  Our Extreme model uses 20 anchor bolts.  With the amount of pressure that one anchor bolt can withstand, the chances of an EF5 tornado pulling our shelters from their foundations are nearly impossible.Our 100% steel shelters combined with the Redhead Anchoring system provides near-absolute protection to ride out any storm.  We have never lost a customer to a tornado, and we do not intend to either.  We put much thought and heart into our products and spend too much time developing and analyzing to not be confident in what we do, and who we are--America's #1 storm shelter provider.  Ask anyone who has found protection in one of our storm shelters, and you'll understand why they think we are, too!  If you would like to know more, please give us a call at 888-360-1492.  Don't delay, call today! [Read more]