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Above Ground Safe Rooms - What were they thinking?!

Last Updated: July 28, 2016 Imagine living in the 19th century when taking a picture required more than pulling out a cell phone or camera to snap a picture.  Early photographers had to take the time to set-up awkward box cameras, which could the take anywhere from two to ten minutes for exposure times.  (And, there were no such things as above ground safe rooms!)  Understanding the length of time it takes for setting up to take a photo during that time, how risky must it have been to try and photograph a tornado?  Incredibly enough, the word tornado was not even allowed to be spoken as a form of news in many areas for fear of starting a great panic!  It’s no wonder, then, why we only have a few photos of tornadoes from the late 1800’s and early 1900’s.  But there were some early storm chasers that managed to capture a few tornadoes in their day as pictured below:
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A tornado on its way out after the damage is done, March 23, 1913.
As you can see, even though photography has changed over the years, tornadoes have not.  Another thing that has changed, especially  in more recent years, is the way people find protection against such forces of nature.  As mankind’s technology has evolved, so has our ability to find better, smarter, and easier ways of protecting ourselves against traumatic events.In the earlier days, storm cellars were used to hide underground and away from danger.  However, it was nothing for a tornado to come along, rip the door off, and snatch someone hiding below.  So doors were built stronger as an effort to keep that from happening. Other issues that occurred were rain getting into underground shelters, or people getting trapped and forgotten when devastation would strike.In recent years, above ground safe rooms have raised a new awareness for many throughout tornado alley, which makes owning one the new norm.  In the past, there wasn’t testing and guidelines for checking behind storm shelter companies, which caused problems for many companies having to answer why their shelter didn’t do the job it was built to.  Hence the reason for building codes and the NSSA creating guidelines for companies like ours so that we are building tornado safe rooms and storm shelters that will perform 100% of the time.  No wishful thinking here.  We know!
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A tornado dwindling down allowed the early photographer enough time to capture this funnel cloud.
The best part about the newer age above ground safe rooms is our ability to get in and out quicker, without having to go out into the winds and flying debris to get to the shelter.  In most cases, we can step out into our garage, or carport, and into our shelter.  No stairs.  No ladders.  No winds. No rain.  And after the tornado passes, which is usually only a matter of minutes, we can step back into our homes and carry on.  And should the tornado wipe away everything we own, we will still have our loved ones beside us, thankful to live another day.  Because life matter more than things.  So why not buy a ‘thing’ that can save a life?

Many Home Depot locations across the nation carry our above ground safe rooms.

Come check us out.  You won’t be sorry.  And then, should you decide to take a quick snapshot or selfie with the tornado nearby, at least you can slip into your shelter before its too late!  Give us a call today at 888-360-1492 to know more.
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