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Your Comprehensive Guide to Severe Weather Protection! Safe Rooms, Tornado Storm Shelters, FEMA Standards & Grant Programs, National Storm Shelter Association News, Site Selection, Installation Guides, Tips from the Pros....and more!

What is Tornado Alley? Tornado Alley interesting facts

Tornado Alley is an area of the United States that is prone to experience tornadoes. Tornado Alley is also the name we at Tornado Alley Armor get called by quote often. Because our name is so long a lot of the time people leave off the word "Armor" and simply call us "Tornado Alley." Just be sure you are talking to who you think you are talking to when you make that phone call. We get called "Tornado Alley" so often that we decided you shouldn't need to add the word "Armor" when you type in our website address. You can now get to our website by typing either www.tornadoalley.com or www.tornadoalleyarmor.com. There are several other storm shelter companies out there going by Tornado Alley ... and they aren't even members in the National Storm Shelter Association. Basically, that means they aren't truly FEMA Compliant because if they were they would be allowed to join the NSSA. Be careful and make sure you are dealing directly with us and not some guy making storm shelters in his back yard with no regard for your safety.  Call 855-552-7667 (855-55-ARMOR) to speak with us directly. Or start with our home page www.tornadoalleyarmor.com.        
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What's the most important thing to look for when shopping for a tornado storm shelter?

By far the most important question to ask when shopping for a tornado shelter is "Are you a member of the National Storm Shelter Association?"NSSA Producer Members (like us) are your only assured way to know that the shelter is in fact FEMA compliant and built to withstand EF-5 forces. We are required by the NSSA to pass a full 3rd party engineering peer review of our entire design package, including quality control measures, full compliancewith FEMA361 and ICC-500 guidelines, calculations, construction prints, and impact test verification to name a few. No other association or certainly noindependent provider will have their designs independently verified...they'll instead give you lots of well-rehearsed excuses why they're not members of the NSSA. The NSSA does all the leg work and covers all the bases for you, so you simply have to look for NSSA Producer Members.We use a smart design in our shelters. We chose 10 gauge TEMPERED steel for our panels while the vast majority uses A36 COLD ROLLED general construction steel. The difference is dramatic, like comparing the old lead bullet proof vests to the new Kevlar ones, and the same mechanical principles apply. I encourage you to watch our impact test videos on our website to see for yourself. The panels absorb and transfer the energy so efficiently that the boards don't shatter like you'd expect, they simply bounce off. Since our panels are designed to deflect on impact we carry a full life timereplacement warranty against tornado damage. One side note....you ultimately pay by the pound for the extra steel required to make cold rolled A36 stand up to EF-5 debris impacts, so why pay for all that extra weight you don't need?Tornado Alley Armor fasteners are Grade 8 yellow zinc plated, the hardest you can get without purchasing exotic alloys like titanium at $50/bolt. It's the same grade used in bridge and building construction. Many manufactures use larger but softer bolts...
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Do you have pictures of a safe room after a tornado? Have any of your tornado storm shelters been through a tornado?

We get that question quite a bit. The short answer is none yet. We've had several near misses but no direct hits yet. However, many of the pictures you see of shelters that are in tornado debris have likely not experienced F5 forces, otherwise they're be nothing standing but the shelter and the slab. Standing walls and lots of debris indicates the forces and velocities experienced by the pictured shelter were less than F5, even though the tornado itself may have been classified as such.  It depends on exactly where the shelter was in relation to the most violent part of the funnel. Most images I've seen have standing walls and lots of debris around the safe room, indicating it was closer to the edge of the path of destruction, not the center where the most violent winds are. You can see the exact same effect with hurricanes, whether you're located to the left, right or center of the eye when it makes landfall. For that reason, although it's a valid question there is a lot more than goes into the equation rather than just a straight thumbs up or thumbs down. What you get with our safe rooms is verification that we do, in fact, meet or exceed all design and performance criteria published by FEMA, ICC-500 and the NSSA. Tornado Alley Armor is a Producer Member in the National Storm Shelter Association (NSSA), meaning that all our safe rooms have been not only impact tested successfully, but also that our entire design package has passed a mandated 3rd party engineering peer review to ensure we're not cutting corners. That's why there are so relatively few members in the NSSA vs. the other organization....because the required independent peer review knocks many of them out of contention to be members...
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NCTSR North Central Texas Safe Room Rebate Program Recipients Tornado Alley Armor Safe Rooms Can Help!

If you were lucky enough to sign up early and have been accepted into the program then congratulations! Tornado Alley Armor will be happy to help you through the details, and also with selecting which safe room is best for your family. As a Producer Member in the NSSA, or National Storm Shelter Association, Tornado Alley Armor is proud to participate in the North Central Texas Safe Room Rebate Program. The North Central Texas Safe Room Rebate Program offers residents living or developing in one of the sixteen counties in the North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) region an opportunity to qualify for a safe room rebate.  For the year 2017 NCTCOG is awarding participants twice a year. The first notifications are sent out in January and then again in July. At this time the NCTSRRP waitlist has been closed and they aren't accepting any new applications. I wouldn't hold your breath on getting selected because the waitlist currently has over 10,000 people on it.  Each round of the program provides around 20-140 rebate opportunities for each county in the NCTCOG region. Contingent on program funding, eligible waitlisted applicants will be notified of the opportunity to submit documentation for acceptance into the program during July and January of each year.  We are happy to help you with selecting which safe room is best for your family. Give us a call toll free at 855-552-7667 or simply visit our Online Cart and build yourself a quote from the convenience of your own home. We do have a showroom in Richardson, TX at 630 South Central Expy where you can check out 5 of our different safe room sizes in person. Mark is our store manager there and would be happy to help you in person!   
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Storm Shelter Buyers, Beware! Misleading Safe Room Claims EXPOSED. Trust the National Storm Shelter Association to Verify.


  Dr. Ernst Kiesling, Executive Director of the National Storm Shelter Association and professor of Engineering at the Wind Science and Engineering Research Center at Texas Tech University, addressing an emergency preparedness conference in Alabama.   Dr. Kiesling admonishes the conference attendees to beware of misleading claims used by the majority of non-NSSA storm shelter and safe room manufactures, implying they have NSSA, Texas Tech or FEMA endorsements, or meet requirements which are not true or verified.   The primary function of the NSSA is to provide a process by which reputable manufacturers can be independently verified to be in compliance with all NSSA, FEMA320 and ICC-500 design standards and recommendations for safe rooms and storm shelters. Consumers who purchase a safe room with the NSSA seal can rest assured that they have purchased a safe, quality severe weather product.    
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