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 customersEarlier 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. And 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, efficientOur 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 sheltersSurvive-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]
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 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.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]
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.But 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 neededThe 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 outlookResearchers 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"] 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.
.@SpringWeatherWx Seasonal Hurricane Outlook coming May 27. NWS does not produce seasonal outlooks for tornadoes. #WxPrepChat— NWS (@NWS) April 29, 2015[Read more]