The lull before the storm?

Last Updated: July 28, 2016 We've all heard of the lull before the storm, right? Well, right now weather experts are busy talking about the tornado lull we are experiencing nationwide.  Experts everywhere are asking, is this the lull before the storm?

Some facts about weather:

So far this month, there have been no tornadocloud-questions what's with the lull?es reported in the U.S. According to Weather Channel meteorologist Greg Forbes, this is only the second time this has happened since 1950.From January through March 12, only 27 tornadoes had been documented across the nation, although the average for March alone is 78, according to statistics from The Weather Channel. By this time of the year, the Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma would have issued 52 tornado watches nationwide. This year the total is four.
“We are in uncharted territory with respect to lack of severe weather,” said Greg Carbin, Warning Coordination Meteorologist with the Norman Storm Prediction Center. “This has never happened in the record of [Storm Prediction Center] watches dating back to 1970.”

The cause:what's causing the lull?

Why the lack of tornadoes? The jet stream from the Northwest is responsible, with the winter wind and cold across much of the country making things too stable for tornadoes and causing the historic lows."We're in a persistent pattern that suppresses severe weather, and the right ingredients -- moisture, instability and lift -- (have yet to come together)," Carbin said.

What to do:prepare early!

So what to do during the lull before the storm? Get prepared. Because even in years where the tornado counts are low, violent tornadoes still occur. The year 2013 is a perfect example. Although the number of tornadoes nationwide was roughly 30 percent below normal that year, they included some of the strongest tornadoes on record. The May 2013 twisters in Moore and El Reno, Okla., were devastating.At Survive-a-Storm, we stand ever ready to help you prepare for any coming storm. Survive-a-Storm Shelters offers near absolute protection with our full line of above and below ground shelters, and with affordable pricing and the many financing options we have made available to our customers, nearly anyone can afford one.All of our 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 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]

Consider the Facts: Preparing for Tornadoes

Last Updated: July 28, 2016 In some states -- like Arkansas, Illinois, Kansas, Missouri, North Carolina, Texas, Washington and Wyoming --  this week, the first week in March, is designated as a time to prepare for severe weather. And with the National Tornado Summit just over, now is a good time to dispel the myths and consider the facts about tornadoes.

Consider the facts: How do you score on tornado myths?

  1. Do tornadoes avoid big cities? Your score is zero if you answered yes to that question. Tornadoes hit cities less frequently than less populated areas, but tornadoes have struck many cities, including Fort Worth, Dallas, Atlanta and St. Louis. Why? Because there just aren’t that many big cities that happen to be in the path of a tornado. There is much more open space than big city space in the U.S., especially in tornado alley.
  2. Can tornadoes cross hills, rivers or other geographic features? Add zero to your score if you said no. While terrain may be able to influence tornado formation and tracking, there is no evidence for the belief that tornadoes cannot cross hills, rivers or river valleys.
  3. Should I open windows in my home before a tornado hits? Zero is your score for this one, if you answered yes. Don't waste your time opening windows in the hope that will relieve pressure and prevent breakage. Use that time to get to a safe place instead.
  4. Are bridges and overpasses a safe place to take shelter during a tornado? Give yourself another zero if you said yes. Then blow that idea right out of your head. They are NOT safe! Instead, plan to protect yourself by riding out the storm in one of our FEMA-compliant storm shelters.
Survive-a-Storm Shelters offers near absolute protection with our full line of above and below ground shelters, and with affordable pricing and the many financing options we have made available to our customers, nearly anyone can afford one. 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.  A company like The Home Depot did consider the facts and chose to display our shelters.  That should speak volumes.[caption id="attachment_10991" align="aligncenter" width="1024"]consider the facts The Home Depots across tornado alley carefully consider the facts about whose storm shelters to sell in their many stores.[/caption]So come check us out on the web at www.survive-a-storm.com or call 1-888-360-1492.  We can help you separate myth from fact when it comes to protecting your loved ones. [Read more]

Investing in Safe Room is Best Protection

[caption id="attachment_4278" align="alignright" width="300"]Screen Shot 2015-02-25 at 12.32.49 PM Investing is key! A screenshot from media coverage of the National Tornado Summit. Survive-a-Storm Shelters' booth is at the right.[/caption]

Last Updated: July 28, 2016 Investing in a safe room is your best protection against a destructive tornado, says Logan County Emergency Manager David Ball.

“You’ll have the peace of mind,” he said. “You’ll know exactly where your wife and kids are going to go.”  Investing in your own safe room is the most viable safety plan because some cities do not have public shelters, he added.His other advice? Develop your tornado safety plan well in advance of tornado season.Ball's advice came at the National Tornado Summit in Oklahoma City yesterday, and as Missouri ramps up for Severe Weather Awareness Week, March 2-6, its Emergency Management Agency Director Ron Walker agrees.“Everyone needs to understand that some simple advance planning and preparation can mean the difference between life and death. Planning should start with closely following weather updates anytime severe weather is in the forecast,” he said.Survive-a-Storm Shelters is front and center at the Oklahoma City summit to introduce you to our storm shelters and safe rooms and to learn more about disaster mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery so we can serve you better.We welcome you to check out our FEMA-compliant shelters on our website at www.survive-a-storm.com and at many of The Home Depot stores in Oklahoma, Arkansas, Texas, and Missouri, as well as on homedepot.com. Our shelters 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.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]

Protect Your Loved Ones and Valuables

Last Updated: July 28, 2016 At Survive-a-Storm Shelters, we are excited about the purchase of your tornado safe room, so we have put together several tips to help you be more prepared in the event of a tornado. Most people do not think about 'stuff' when those sirens go off, and so in order to be ahead of the game, we want to make sure that you know how important it is to make sure you protect some other important valuables as well. So here are some tips to help with that.

Know what to store in your tornado safe room plus other financial tips

  • Gather your vital records so you can keep them safe. These include marriage records, property deeds, birthFinancial records certificates, wills, insurance policies, passports, Social Security cards, immunization records, medication list and other pertinent medical information, credit card account numbers, car titles, bank and investment account numbers. You can also include at least three years of tax records.  Be sure to place them in your tornado safe room under lock and key.
  • Print records that you maintain only on your computer.
  • Place all of the above in a waterproof container or fireproof box and store them in a safe place such as your tornado safe room.
  • Tell someone you trust where these items are located.
  • Keep names and contact numbers for executors, trustees, and guardians in a safe place.
  • Keep enough cash on hand to get through three or four days in case power is out and you can't use an ATM.
  • Make sure your home, car, health and life insurance are up to date.

Some tips on preparing your home before a tornado

  1. How to get ready for tornado season: Plan, practice, learn, listen, watch and act.
  2. Prepare an emergency readiness kit: This should include enough water and food for several days, along with other items suggested by the American Red Cross.
  3. Helpful apps you can download: From weather to radar to a flashlight.
  4. Keep Your Tornado Warning Toolbox Stocked — And Head for Your Storm Shelter

How Survive-a-Storm can help

tornado safe roomAt Survive-a-Storm Shelters we provide you with the highest quality, most reliable residential tornado safe rooms 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.And with affordable pricing and the many financing options we have made available to our customers, nearly anyone can afford one.You can find our products inside many of The Home Depot® stores in states like Alabama, Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Missouri.  They even sell our residential and community safe rooms 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]

Visible Scars Left by Tornadoes

Visible ScarsLast Updated: July 28, 2016 When a tornado touches down, it leaves damage and disaster behind. We usually think of that damage in human terms -- a family forced out of its home, its most cherished possessions destroyed, its physical safety threatened. But did you know tornadoes leave visible scars that can be seen from space?That's true even when there is snow on the ground, as shown in photos taken this week by a NASA satellite flying over New England. Posted on The Weather Channel website, the photos show a scar from an F3 tornado that hit Springfield, Mass., in the summer of 2011.While the physical scars to the earth are noticeable, the human scars from that storm were deeper. The tornado killed three and destroyed a wide swath of property when it ripped through Springfield on June 1 nearly four years ago. In fact, one elementary school, Elias Brookings, was wiped off the map and has only now been rebuilt. It will open for students, who have been making do in temporary modular classrooms, next week.

Visible Scars:  Working to reduce the impact

At Survive-a-Storm we work to minimize the scars -- and the scare -- of a tornado or other severe weather event by providing storm shelters that will keep your precious family safe when the weather alarm goes off.All of our Survive-a-Storm Shelters are FEMA-compliant and are able to withstand winds and debris from any EF5 tornado.  The National Storm Shelter Association (NSSA) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) have given our shelters their seal of approval.Give Survive-A-Storm a call today at 888-360-1492.  You can also check out our website at www.survive-a-storm.com.  Our shelters can be found in many of The Home Depot stores in Oklahoma, Arkansas, Texas, and Missouri.  We are even available on homedepot.com. And we have affordable financing available.So contact us. We want to answer your questions, ease your mind, and help you ensure your family’s safety — by minimizing the scars of a tornado. [Read more]

How A Storm Shelter Can Save Your Life: Two Stories

Last Updated: July 28, 2016 It's tornado season. You know a tornado storm shelter can make the difference between life and death if a tornado touches down in your neck of the woods. But you just haven't gotten around to purchasing one. Well, the recent experiences of these Oklahoma folks just might give you the motivation you need.

Safe in their below ground storm shelter with no time to spare

[caption id="attachment_10920" align="alignleft" width="300"]Underground storm shelter Couple stands near the entrance of their newly installed underground storm shelter.[/caption]Don and Dusti Wilcox of Latimer County, Okla., were out in their yard last weekend watching a storm roll in when they spotted a funnel cloud just behind their house. They moved into action. They headed for their underground storm shelter and made it to safety with no time to spare.“We just barely got in,” Don said. Dusti said the experience scared her but she was okay until she viewed the storm's aftermath. The destruction brought her to tears.When they walked out of their shelter, they saw that two of their buildings were destroyed and most of their trees were shredded by the F1 tornado. They felt lucky to be alive.“Best money we ever spent,” Dusti told News on 6 reporter Tess Maune. “It'll save your life. It really will,” Don agreed. The couple had the storm shelter installed last summer.

Three-hour-old storm shelter called into action

Moore resident Melanie Ross Douvillier's Survive-a-Storm Shelter was only three hours old when she rode out anstorm shelter installed in the nick of time F2 tornado inside it, along with her two dogs. When they exited, Melanie found trees in her neighborhood split in half and roofs blown off nearby buildings.“It was ironic because I told the installers, ‘We’re supposed to get some weather tonight, so let’s hope I don’t need it,’” she said. “We laughed about it.”By the day after the storm, Melanie’s overwhelming feeling was gratitude — that she had been “lucky” enough to have a life-saving storm shelter in place.“It was extremely scary, but I felt blessed,” Douvillier said. “I felt like an angel was watching over me. What are the chances of us having a shelter installed and within three hours I’m in it?”She shared her story with us via Facebook.

Planning, not luck, is your best strategy

Don't let luck be the deciding factor in your survival. Create your own good luck by installing a Survive-a-Storm shelter. Have the foresight to install a FEMA-compliant steel storm shelter that provides near absolute safety in a storm.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. Our FEMA-compliant Survive-a-Storm Shelters have been tried and tested and are able to withstand winds and debris from any EF5 tornado. They are distributed through The Home Depot, as well as through a nationwide network of independent dealers.And with affordable pricing and the many financing options we have made available to our customers, nearly anyone can afford one.

To own your very own storm shelter, Contact us today

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. Then call Survive-a-Storm Shelters at 888-360-1492 and talk to one of our experts. Or check us out on the web at www.survive-a-storm.com.Be proactive about creating their own good luck by having the foresight to install a FEMA-compliant steel storm shelter that provides near absolute safety in a storm. [Read more]

Be prepared: Plan your storm shelter

be PreparedLast Updated: July 28, 2016 Take a tip from Benjamin Franklin. Be prepared to fail by failing to prepare for the 2015 tornado season.

If you're like most folks, you want to be prepared ahead of time for any unexpected storm, and tornadoes are the kinds of storms for which we can prepare. Since tornado season in the U.S. tends to move northward from late winter to mid-summer, now is a great time to start planning your storm shelter addition.At Survive-A-Storm Shelters, we understand the importance of being prepared without sacrificing quality of life in the process. With numerous financing options and storm shelter loans available, as well as multiple storm shelters to choose from, the team here at Survive-A-Storm Shelters is ready to help every resident in Tornado Alley and beyond.Because we believe that safety and peace of mind should be available to all, we have shelters to fit every household, every situation, and every budget. Survive-A-Storm makes it affordable for everyone to be prepared for the coming storm. And we'll do everything we can to help you prepare, as we have storm shelter experts on standby, ready to answer  questions, offer guidance, and ease your mind.Our Survive-a-Storm Shelters have been tried and tested, are FEMA-compliant, and are able to withstand winds and debris from any EF5 tornado. Whether you are seeking below ground shelter or prefer to seek shelter in a safe room above ground, the National Storm Shelter Association (NSSA) has given us their seal of approval along with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)—both non-profit agencies who make sure that shelter companies meet and/or exceed their standards.So, don’t keep putting off your preparations. Check out the storm shelter options offered by Survive-a-Storm Shelters and ensure your family's safety today. Give us a call at 888-360-1492. You can also check out our website at www.survive-a-storm.com. We want to answer your questions, ease your mind, and help you in your journey to give your family one less thing to worry about. [Read more]

Lost and Found: Finding the Way Home After a Tornado

Last Updated: July 28, 2016 In the aftermath of a tornado, so many things can be lost and found.  And there can also be many heartwarming stories. Some involve narrow escapes. Some involve rescues. Some involve rebuilding a community that has been devastated. Others contain everything from a returned wedding dress to a replacement football jersey. Here are a few of those stories.[caption id="attachment_4847" align="alignright" width="300"]lost and found Screenshot from http://www.mystateline.com/fulltext-news/d/story/tornado-victims-get-a-special-surprise-from-some-s/30298/Qmv_f2hLSESkXoD1rqe0xQ Lost and found jersey returned to tornado victim.[/caption]

Lost and found #1-Redress

News out of Limestone County, Alabama, this week tells the story of a woman who was reunited with her wedding dress, one year after it was swept away by a tornado. The dress was cleaned, restored and returned to her after it was found among donated items at a tornado relief effort on Highway 72.Tammy Haddock, the dress owner who had lost everything in the previous year's storm, said she will give it to her daughter some day.“I don’t know how much more grateful I could be. Each year, God has thrown something at me that made me more grateful, just for living, for having life. And for the small things,” Tammy told WHNT-19 News.

Lost and found #2-Puppy love

Two dogs, Twister and Rose, lost their owners and their homes in a tornado in Jones County, Miss., last year. The pit bull mix and German Shepherd spent some time in a shelter before being adopted by new loving families.Twister, the more stressed of the two canines who had trouble finding a new forever home, found one in Georgia after the rescue had "Twister Week" to promote adoptions, according to WFSB-3 News.

Lost and found #3-Bear hug

Fairdale, Ill., tornado victim Tyler Rowan lost his favorite Chicago Bears jersey in the EF-4 storm, according to reports. So his family reached out to the Chicago Bears, who surprised him with a replacement for the #54 jersey, a cherished keepsake from his late grandmother. This one was autographed by #54 himself -- Brian Urlacher.Rowan says he will frame the jersey and take it wherever he goes.

Prepare your home

At Survive-a-Storm, we are ready to help you prepare your home for any coming storm. Survive-a-Storm Shelters offers near absolute protection with our full line of above and below ground shelters, and with affordable pricing and the many financing options we have made available to our customers, nearly anyone can afford one.All of our 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 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.WFSB 3 Connecticut [Read more]

Social Media: Fact vs. Fiction

Last Updated: July 28, 2016 Sifting Social Media's Tornado Fact from Fiction

[caption id="attachment_4790" align="alignright" width="230"]SMART social media New SMART Technology used for social media warnings.[/caption]With so many ways of sending and receiving communication these days through social media, it's no wonder the question "Is that tornado tweet for real?" is being examined.  That's a question the National Weather Service is asking, and it's using newly developed software known as SMART to do so, according to an NPR story."When a disaster strikes, the Internet is flooded with microblogs, tweets, Facebook messages, and other social media posts. If used correctly, this information can shape the way public safety agencies handle the response to and recovery from major events. However, the sheer volume of data makes it difficult for analysts to sift through and verify information in real time," says a Department of Homeland Security handout on the program.Since the average Twitter user won't be able to tell whether a tweet is fact or fiction -- at least not when a storm is bearing down -- the NWS is mining the data to separate the wheat from the chaff. And that's where SMART comes in.

SMART separates wheat from the chaff

The NWS is using software called Social Media Analytics and Reporting Toolkit (SMART). Developed by Purdue University, the Department of Homeland Security and the NWS, the software contains an algorithm that looks at the user's retweet frequency as well as his or her veracity.NWS officials don't consider social media posts alone. They overlay them with a visual that shows the storm's path to determine which are true and which aren't. The SMART  social media analysis system provides analysts with scalable analysis and visualization of social media posts.Also at issue, though, is the fact that Twitter users tend to be younger, more urban and more well-to-do than the general population. That means older folks who live in rural areas and don't use social media might not get the warnings that come via social media.The tracking program is better at after-the-fact analysis than it is at real-time warning, according to the NPR story. However, it 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.

How Survive-a-Storm can help

That's where Survive-a-Storm comes in.  We offer the highest quality, most reliable residential storm shelters sold in Portfolio-3America.  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.Listen to this news story from THV11 about how officials and everyday folks in Little Rock, Ark., used social media to share updates about the April 27, 2014, storm, as well as how they are sharing their storm stories today. [Read more]

Enhanced Fujita Scale: Know The Facts

Enhanced Fujita ScaleThe Enhanced Fujita Scale: Something to Know

Just about everyone who has ever feared a destructive tornado has also heard of the Enhanced Fujita Scale.  At the most basic level the scale was devised to help rate the strength of tornadoes in the United States and Canada.  First introduced in 1971 as the Fujita Scale by severe storms researcher, Tetsuya Theodore "Ted" Fujita, the scale underwent a revision of sorts in recent years to better align wind speed with associated storm damage.  This visual is one of our favorites because it is so easy to identify and understand the different levels of tornado damage.Survive-a-Storm believes that the old saying is true: knowledge is power.  We also believe that we offer the best protection in the face of any tornado on the Enhanced Fujita Scale.  Every Survive-a-Storm safe room and storm shelter is built with the strongest American-made steel in the industry and exceeds all FEMA 320 and 361 guidelines.  All models are made with pride right here in the USA and impact tested through the Texas Tech Wind Science and Engineering Research Center (WISE).  We over a wide selection of safe rooms and storm shelters to fit any family’s needs.  We offer very quick and flexible installation dates.  Many of our shelters can be installed within an afternoon and our Twister Pod, which fits securely into a corner of your garage can be installed within a couple of hours!Survive-a-Storm always encourages people to become more knowledgeable about tornado information and safety.  We also encourage you to make your way to our website and find a safe room or storm shelter that’s right for you!  With our website’s online chat feature we never miss a chance to answer a question about our products.  Give us a try call now! [Read more]