National Tornado Summit: Get Serious

Last Updated: July 28, 2016 Helping you prepare for severe weather is what we do. It's our business and our passion. That means we are always interested in learning how to do it better. And that's why Survive-a-Storm Shelters is in Oklahoma City this week for the two-day National Tornado Summit. Survive-a-Storm Shelters at the NTS National Tornado Summit

We are at the fourth annual National Tornado Summit to introduce you to our storm shelters and safe rooms. We are also there to learn more about disaster mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery so we can serve you better.We are just a handful of folks among the 1,000 participants, but we are as serious about your safety -- and as devoted to it -- as the best of them.  Read our customer testimonials to find out just how seriously Survive-a-Storm Shelters is about your family's safety.It's easy to see why Oklahoma City is the site of the fourth annual summit. Oklahoma is no stranger to tornadoes. It's located in the heart of "Tornado Alley," and Oklahoma City suburbs Moore and El Reno were raked by tornadoes during a two-week period in 2013.The timing of the Oklahoma City Summit couldn't be better. It comes one week before the state's Severe Weather Preparedness Week, March 1-7. Ohio, Missouri, Kansas, Illinois and Arkansas have also marked next week as a time to either prepare for or increase awareness of severe weather.Surive-a-Storm at NWS booth National Tornado SummitCheck out Survive-a-Storm's tried and tested FEMA-compliant shelters on our website at www.survive-a-storm.com. They are able to withstand winds and debris from any EF5 tornado and are available to fit every household, every situation, and every budget. We offer both above and below ground options.We can also be found in many of The Home Depot stores in Oklahoma, Arkansas, Texas, and Missouri.  We are even available on homedepot.com. Then give us a call at 888-360-1492. We want to answer your questions, ease your mind, and help you ensure your family's safety -- while you enjoy easy, low-cost financing too. [Read more]

Survive-a-Storm Protects Its Own—and More—from Oklahoma Tornadoes

[caption id="attachment_4886" align="alignright" width="300"]Oklahoma tornadoes didn't deter our satisfied customers Earlier yesterday, we got an email from a satisfied Survive-a-Storm customer that included two photos of his young son happily posing with the family's newly installed TwisterPod. This family is now ready for Oklahoma tornadoes or any other bad weather headed their way.[/caption]

Last Updated: July 28, 2016 When Oklahoma tornadoes hit OKC last night, May 6, the Survive-a-Storm team at our Oklahoma City location, 3940 E. I-240 Service Rd., was prepared but not afraid.

That's because they were hunkered down in what they know is "the best storm shelter made." They also knew they had the thoughts and prayers of Survive-a-Storm team members to support them.

Thunderstorms touched off more than two dozen tornadoes and unprecedented flooding. They caused widespread damage in Bridge Creek, Amber, Blanchard, Newcastle and Norman. Ambulances responded to water rescues throughout the Oklahoma City metro area.Ten to 15 homes were damaged in Nebraska, and at least nine tornadoes were reported in Kansas, resulting in property damage.

Oklahoma tornadoes didn't deter our satisfied customers

Earlier yesterday, we got an email from a satisfied Survive-a-Storm customer that included two photos of his young son happily posing with the family's newly installed TwisterPod. In one, posted above, he looks as strong and confident as the robot figure pictured alongside. That's how the protection of "the best storm shelter made" makes you feel.  FB comment 5-7-15FB comment 2 5-17-15And this morning, another customer added her own favorable comments about our shelters and our service via Facebook. You can read more customer testimonials. Available at The Home Depot®What's even better is that Survive-a-Storm Shelters are available at The Home Depot® stores in Oklahoma City, OK, as well as in Pittsburg, Kan.; Joplin, Springfield, Branson, and Osage, Mo.; Dallas and Ft. Worth. Texas; and Little Rock, Ark. Several models are available. They range from a TwisterPod that accommodates four people to a larger model that accommodates eight.Shoppers walking into those stores will discover a shiny grey metal storm shelter display sitting just next to the store entrance. As they move into the store, they can get an up-close look at a 4-foot in diameter metal cylinder aptly dubbed the TwisterPod. On top of the TwisterPod is a television playing a looping doodle video explaining the process for purchasing the shelter through the world’s largest home improvement retailer.Survive-a-Storm Shelters has been busy rolling out its shelters to Home Depot® stores throughout the Southwest and Midwest. The shelters are sold inclusive of delivery and installation within a generous delivery radius (typically about 50 miles) of each store location. Customers who want to purchase a shelter simply approach any Home Depot® associate and request a complimentary site visit to their home or place of business. The Home Depot then passes this information along to Survive-a-Storm, which schedules the visit within 24-hours.

Makes buying process more timely, efficient

Our complete line of FEMA-compliant storm shelters are available through The Home Depot® website. The move makes buying and installing a storm shelter more timely and efficient, according to Matt Williams, Survive-a-Storm vice president.“Confusion about product testing and quality have been far too common in the storm shelter industry,” Williams said. “Survive-a-Storm Shelters have been designed by licensed professional engineers, tested at Texas Tech University, and manufactured and installed in accordance National Storm Shelter Association (NSSA) and FEMA guidelines, providing reassurance that the shelters distributed through The Home Depot meet these very stringent requirements.”Consumers purchasing shelters through the Home Depot website are encouraged to have their shelters installed by a qualified local contractor and inspected to ensure that shelter installation complies with the manufacturer’s guidelines for installation. The cost of purchasing a Survive-a-Storm Shelter through a Home Depot store ranges from $3,500 to about $5,000.

About our shelters

Survive-a-Storm Shelters are the highest quality, most reliable residential storm shelters sold in America. We offer near absolute protection with our full line of above and below ground shelters., and not just against Oklahoma tornadoes-we cover the entire tornado alley.  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. Take a look at our customer testimonials and find out how pleased you will be to have a Survive-a-Storm shelter installed for your family. [Read more]

Near Absolute Safety: Install a Safe Room

[caption id="" align="alignright" width="300"]near absolute protection Community members in Tom, Oklahoma are secure in their above ground community shelter from Survive-a-Storm Shelters that provides near absolute protection.[/caption]Last Updated: July 28, 2016 Want near absolute safety in a tornado or hurricane? Install a safe room or community storm shelter.That's the advice from the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA), which has 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. Those FEMA guidelines are the ones 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!

Who doesn't want peace of mind that comes from near absolute safety?

Survive-a-Storm safe rooms are designed to withstand the toughest curve balls Mother Nature can throw. Our safenear absolute protection 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.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. [Read more]

New Tornado Research Attempts to Provide Seasonal Forecasts

Last Updated: July 28, 2016 This week, we shared an NPR report on new tornado research and the National Weather Service's use of software called SMART. The Social Media Analytics and Reporting Toolkit could allow first responders to target areas that most need the help and give those in the path of the storm a few extra seconds to reach their storm shelters.PrepareBut weather researchers at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Severe Storms Laboratory and elsewhere may be able to go that one better. The researchers  are working on a new method they hope will allow emergency responders to prepare for tornadoes weeks ahead of time and warn residents a few days in advance.

Even with new tornado research, more research is needed

The development of seasonal forecasts based on climate data could be years away, though, according to Harold Brooks, senior research scientist at the laboratory based in Norman, Okla. Researchers are looking at how seasonal temperatures and trending weather patterns interact with tornado outbreaks.Such seasonal tornado forecasts could help emergency managers prepare well in advance for likely periods of tornadoes, giving officials the opportunity to remind community members about tornado safety preparations

Using new tornado research, First seasonal tornado outlook

Researchers at Columbia University have put together the first seasonal outlook for tornadoes in the U.S. It could serve as a prototype for what an official forecast might look like in the future, according to Brooks.According to this year's forecast, we should expect an average tornado season. That means roughly 1,000 tornadoes nationwide.

Prepare today

[caption id="attachment_10935" align="alignleft" width="225"]new tornado research Quality Assurance Manager Mark Heard checks new units before leaving the plant. Survive-a-Storm Shelters understands the importance in how keeping up with new tornado research is a must in the industry.[/caption]So don't delay. And don't wait until weather researchers can forecast tornadoes well in advance. Prepare now for your family's safety in severe weather by learning more about installing a storm shelter at your home.Survive-a-Storm Shelters offers the highest quality, most reliable residential storm shelters sold in America. Our full line of above and below ground shelters provide near absolute protection. 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. Take a look at our customer testimonials and find out how pleased you will be to have a Survive-a-Storm shelter installed for your family.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. [Read more]

Community Storm Shelter:Of Live-Saving Importance

Last Updated: July 28, 2016 In your own town/city/state, what is the importance of having a community storm shelter within reach?

[caption id="attachment_10874" align="alignleft" width="300"]Community Storm Shelter Recently installed Community Storm Shelter-ready for tornado season.[/caption]In Madison, Ga., it was important enough for officials to open FEMA-compliant community tornado safe rooms built and installed by Survive-a-Storm Shelters just in time for the impending storm season last spring. In Kansas, it's important enough to propose a bond issue. And in Oklahoma, it's important enough to generate a $15,000 donation.Residents of Haysville School District in Kansas will vote next week on a bond issue for $59 million worth of projects that includes two FEMA-approved storm shelters at the high school.In Big Cabin, Okla., the Cherokee Nation donated $15,000 to help install a community storm shelter that will hold up to 60 residents.

Protecting families is a blessing, and having a community storm shelter is vital!

“Having the opportunity to protect and prepare families in Big Cabin against threatening weather is a blessing, and the Cherokee Nation is proud to take on this role,” said Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker.All three communities realize the importance of offering shelter from storms to their residents. And so does Survive-a-Storm Shelters.“We believe that every school, daycare center, nursing home, and other place of public accommodation situated in Tornado Alley should have adequate storm sheltering capacity,” said Lucas Stewart, president and CEO of Survive-a-Storm Shelters.“We understand that not every community can afford to rebuild every structure to be resistant to tornadoes and other violent windstorms.  That is where Community Storm Shelters can bridge the gap and ensure that our children and other loved ones are safe,” Stewart said.

Tested and built 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.[caption id="attachment_3653" align="alignright" width="300"]Community Storm Shelter A Community Storm Shelter ribbon cutting ceremony for a recently installed shelter at a local elementary school in Oklahoma.[/caption]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!Interest in the shelters is growing. According to company spokesman Matt Williams, “We have seen a definite rise in interest surrounding our underground community storm shelters. There are very few companies in the United States that have the ability to construct large underground storm shelters, and Survive-a-Storm Shelters is ideally positioned to meet this need.”

Make sure it meets 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. Our FEMA-compliant safe rooms do that. 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 give us a call at 1-888-360-1492 to see how we can help your community! [Read more]

Emergency Ready: How to Prepare?

September is just around the corner and here at Survive-a-Storm we know what that means: National Preparedness Month!  National Preparedness Month is sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and aims to promote education and awareness on how people can prepare and most importantly, respond, to all types of emergencies.

An Emergency can happen anywhere and anytime.

[caption id="attachment_11064" align="alignleft" width="800"]Emergency Emergency preparedness for surviving tornadoes[/caption]The world is an uncertain place full of the unknown.  As citizens of this planet we know that earthquakes, tornadoes, hurricanes, floods, terrorist attacks are the all too real possibilities.  National Preparedness Month is a time to educate and prepare for those curveballs; both big and small, life may throw.  First responders, on a federal and local level, do a tremendous job.  However, police, fire and rescue might not always be available as quickly as needed.  It’s important to remember that when you are prepared you are better equipped to take action in the event of an emergency.  National Preparedness Month focuses on three things to help you with the preparedness process: know your risk, take action, be an example!Knowing your potential risk is important.  Do people in Oklahoma really need to prepare for a CAT 5 hurricane?  The answer is a very simple no.  So knowing the real potential threats for your area is essential.  Bookmarking local informational websites along with weather.gov will help you stay informed.You can also learn about wireless emergency alerts where messages are sent to your phone during emergencies.Taking action is a crucial part of the plan.  Pack a disaster supply kit.  Create a family emergency plan.  Buy a quality safe room or storm shelter…we suggest Survive-a-Storm…but we’re somewhat partial.  Or simply buy a NOAA weather radio.  Taking action before disaster strikes can make all the difference in how fast you rebound from an emergency.Be an example in your community.  Show family, friends, and neighbors what it looks like to be prepared.  Share your preparedness information on social media because research shows that people only prepare when they see others doing the same.  You can find more information on National Preparedness Month at http://www.ready.gov/september.For more information about our Survive-a-Storm safe rooms and shelters call or come check out our units at Home Depots across the nation.  We’d love to help you get PREPARED! [Read more]

FEMA Grants: How More People Can Gain Protection

Years ago the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) began grant programs for families affected by natural disasters.  These grants are administered through the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP).  FEMA’s website defines these type grants as providing assistance to states and local governments with the implementations of long-term hazard mitigation measures after a major disaster declaration.FEMA compliantWhat is mitigation?  Mitigation is the action of reducing the severity, seriousness, or painfulness of something.  In this case, acting BEFORE the disaster in hopes of decreasing negative impact AFTER the disaster.  These grants have been helpful to some, but have not gone without criticism from others.

Many believe that the main problem with FEMA HMGP is the storm shelter payment procedure.

To receive the grant, or rebate as they are sometimes called, the customer must first pay full price for the shelter, then seek a reimbursement check after it has been installed.  Reimbursement payments taking anywhere from four to eight weeks proves just too long for some families to wait.Some storm shelter companies agree on a simple solution.  FEMA could develop an assignment of benefits system allowing storm shelter/safe room providers to install FEMA compliant safe rooms or storm shelters into grant recipients’ homes.  Then the storm shelter provider would submit the guarantee’s grant voucher along with sufficient documentation to FEMA for reimbursement.This system would ensure that a quality, FEMA compliant safe room or storm shelter has been installed.  It would also alleviate the financial burden that these families face with the upfront cost of having the shelter installed.  FEMA works hard to protect people and these grants are a great thing and with a few changes in process many more people could gain protection from the earth’s natural disasters.There are other ways to get a shelter while waiting for FEMA to come through.  With many available financing options and storm shelter loans available to families, we make it affordable for nearly everyone.  If you would like to know the details, give us a call at 1-888-360-1492 or enter your information here to see if you qualify. [Read more]

Perseverance

Steve Jobs was once quoted as saying, “I’m convinced that about half of what separates the successful entrepreneurs from the non-successful ones is pure perseverance.”  In many ways, this quote about what it takes perseverance could be considered for more than just business success and includes the triumph of the human spirit in most every aspect of living.   But what does it take for a corporate entrepreneur to be considered successful?

First we would have to consider the success of the company itself and the perseverance or grit it displays.

Perseverance of Survive a Storm SheltersDoes the company do what it is designed to do?  In the case of Survive-a-Storm Shelters, it most certainly does.  Survive-a-Storm Shelters began building and perfecting storm shelters so that the consumer, no matter their social status or class, can afford to provide protection for their families, both large and small.  The idea is to save as many lives as possible, and with sales and installations being performed all across America, it is safe to say that Survive-a-Storm Shelters is saving lives and is determined to keep moving forward.When looking beyond the company walls of Survive-a-Storm Shelters, the next thing to look for is the diligence of the employees.  Do they believe in the company and have the tenacity to stay with a company who is always evolving and developing to lead the storm shelter community with the highest of standards and ethics?  You better know it!  From welders to installers to delivery drivers and even from accountants to salespeople to plant managers, there is a family presence that is felt strongly in not only the manufacturing plant, but in all of the locations combined.  Part of the secret is the love and respect for one another and their love of what they do.  The Survive-a-Storm team is more like family than co-workers who always seem to stay connected no matter which office they are working from.Finally, the most important part of the equation in relation to being successful is, do they have a product or products that are worthy of their success.  And for Survive-a-Storm Shelters, the answer is a resounding Y E S.  Survive-a-Storm Shelters uses the highest quality American-made steel that goes through a process of being cut, trimmed, welded, tested, powder coated and perfected to make sure that consumers are completely satisfied with their tornado safe rooms.  The standards to which Survive-a-Storm Shelters adheres to are the highest in the industry and are constantly being tested to make sure their tornado safe rooms, both above and below ground, can withstand even the most devastating tornadoes.Survive-a-Storm Shelters prides itself on being a storm shelter industry leader, not only for the growth of the company, but also for the respect that they command among their peers.  The ability to grow a team of employees who love the company as well as what Survive-a-Storm stands for is unique and worthy of acknowledgement.  But mostly, the products that are being built and offered are the true genius of Survive-a-Storm Shelters.  Through any EF5 tornado, Survive-a-Storm Shelters stand tall and persevere, much like the citizens of Oklahoma.For more information about Survive-a-Storm products, look us up on the web at www.survive-a-storm.com or give one of the storm shelter experts a call at 1-888-360-1492. [Read more]

Storm Cellar Shopping? Plan Ahead!

With tornado season mostly over, and we move into the Winter months, it is important to remember next season, and the protection of our self and families. A Steel storm cellar is the best solution for long term investment. There is none of the wear and tear that happens with storm cellars constructed from other materials.

Mother  in Support of Storm Cellar

In the news, due to Moore, Oklahoma's deadly tornado, was the story of a woman who had lost her son along with 7 other children. The deadly tornado struck without enough warning, and the kids had no place that was safe.  (Read article at Newson6.com.)Texas Church Group Donates Storm SheltersMothers are not the only ones concerned about protecting their children, so are groups. Rockport Church, near Austin, Texas, have donated funds for the addition of storm cellars for up to 40 families in Oklahoma.Why a Storm Cellar?Tornado Safe Rooms storm cellarA storm cellar is normally thought of as an underground tornado cellar. With that in mind, concrete storm cellars are not a great idea in soils that freeze in winter since it puts stresses on concrete walls. Also, high water tables may flood your storm cellar. Choosing another material is a wise decision. Survive-a-Storm Shelters manufactures steel storm cellars to suit any storm cellar needs. Take a look at our underground Estate storm cellar model today, and protect your family tomorrow.Call today to speak to one of our many tornado shelter experts who can help you decide on the best type of shelter for your needs.  You can find our shelters in many of the Home Depot locations across the U.S. or you can call us at 888-360-1492. [Read more]

New Underground Storm Shelter Design

We here at Survive-a-Storm Shelters are big fans of improvement. That is why we have a new underground storm shelter design just in time for the 2012 tornado season! We know that no one person ever has all the answers, and everyone is welcome to voice their opinion. In this kind of environment, people feel free to toss around ideas, and you’ll often see two people bent over a project with heads together, working on improving efficiency, quality, or presentation.  This approach to our work is what keeps us ahead of the competition, from our technology and construction techniques to our excellent customer service.Recently we made some structural changes tour storm shelter line and introduced a new underground storm shelter design. These changes make our underground storm shelters more secure as well as more streamlined and simple to install. The overall design of these underground storm shelters remains the same; they are still as sturdy and well-crafted as ever. The changes only make our storm shelters better.[caption id="attachment_10775" align="alignright" width="240"]old-underground-storm-shelter-design Old Underground Storm Shelter Design[/caption]

Air Vents on New Underground Storm Shelter Design

The first thing we have done is to change the design of the air vents. If you visited our site or one of our dealerships in the past, you may have noticed the “candy canes” sticking out of the top. Those trademark curved pipes were for ventilation; it allowed for a good amount of air flow while keeping out wind and rain.  Today the air vents are built into the side walls at the top of the stair. They are covered with a screen to keep out leaves and bugs, while the upper lip of the shelter door shields the vent openings from any rainfall. While I’ll personally miss seeing those “candy canes” riding off on the back of a semi, I do have to say the new look is very sleek and will not be as conspicuous in customers’ yards.

Extended Floor on New Underground Tornado Shelters

[caption id="attachment_10774" align="alignleft" width="269"]New Underground Storm Shelter Design New Underground Storm Shelter Design[/caption]The second major improvement we recently made was an “extended floor” on our new underground storm shelter design. It is a simple yet genius solution. This upgrade came about from one of the best teachers: experience.  In the past, we anchored the shelters into the ground with large anchors connected to straps. This method works well to keep shelters in the ground in dry areas, but we began to notice variances in areas with a higher water table. Some shelters were rising with the water after heavy rainfall, actually pushing up out of the ground. We couldn’t have that. Our engineers got together to come up with an answer, and they came up with something brilliant. Now we have what we call the extended floor. On two ends of the shelter, steel beams extend longer than the shelter itself. Picture an “L” shape on either side of the shelter. When we bury the shelter in the ground, the dirt that fills in the hole covers these extended floor sections, the weight of which keeps the shelter in the ground without exception. There is also space in between the beams for any water run-off. Anchors are still an option, and recommended for you if you feel the need for them. However, the extra equipment that we previously utilized in installations is obsolete, making installation easier and cheaper.

Call Survive-a-Storm Shelters about Our New Underground Storm Shelters

If you are a customer or potential customer, please feel free to give us a call with any questions, concerns, or new ideas. Your safety and comfort are important to us!Note: This product has been updated for the current season.  We recommend that you visit the Underground Storm Shelters page of our website for current model information. [Read more]