Last Updated: July 28, 2016 When it comes to ensuring your family’s safety in severe weather, you want the facts. And you can get the facts about storm shelter safety from the experts at the National Storm Shelter Association (NSSA) and Survive-a-Storm Shelters, a Producer Member.
This above ground safe room at a destroyed home on SW 147th St. in Moore, OK, is still standing after taking the impact of May 20th’s EF5 tornado. In the background is the remains of Briarwood Elementary School.
The primary purpose of the National Storm Shelter Association is to ensure the highest quality of manufactured and constructed storm shelters for protecting people from injury or loss of life from the effects of tornadoes, hurricanes and other devastating natural disasters. And as a Producer Member, Survive-a-Storm manufacturers storm shelters and safe rooms that offer near absolute protection, in both below-ground and above-ground models.
Despite false claims to the contrary, above-ground safe rooms were a safe haven for residents of Moore, Okla., when an F5 tornado blew threw their city in 2013. Just ask the experts at NSSA.
“The evidence unequivocally demonstrates that above-ground safe rooms performed without failure during the Moore storms and delivered critical life safety to their occupants,” said Matt Williams, who serves on the NSSA board and is an executive vice president at Survive-a-Storm.
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That statement is backed up by research performed by engineer Larry Tanner of the Wind Research Institute at Texas Tech University. Tanner has investigated tornado shelter performance in all major tornado outbreaks during the past 17 years, and his investigations document a record of consistently excellent performance of properly constructed and installed above-ground safe rooms.
Tanner and his research were cited in a May 31, 2013, article by Bryan Dean of The Oklahoman. The newspaper reported that Tanner and a team of researchers from the institute who toured Moore after the 2013 tornado found that all 16 above-ground safe rooms or storm shelters that lay in or near the damage path of the storm survived and “performed great.”
So how do you ensure that your above-ground safe room will keep you safe? Get the facts. Be prepared. And follow the NSSA’s advice.
The NSSA asserts that the best way to ensure shelters have been designed by a qualified engineer to meet FEMA guidelines and are tested by a qualified lab such as the Wind Research Institute at Texas Tech University, is to select an NSSA Producer Member as a storm shelter provider. Producer Members are required to meet rigorous tornado shelter quality assurance and ethical standards to qualify for membership and continue in good standing as members of the Association.
As a Producer Member, Survive-a-Storm Shelters offers near absolute protection with our full line of above and below ground shelters. 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.
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, Kansas 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.