RT SolarSentinel - шаблон joomla Mp3
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
   
Text Size
Login

Tornado Alley Armor Safe Rooms AwesomeBlog!

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!

Get in the Survival Zone and survive even EF-5 tornadoes this spring!

Get in the survival zone and survive any storm, even EF-5 tornadoes, with a safe room from Tornado Alley Armor. Take a look at our new models and let us help you find the perfect fit for the location you want. Survive a storm and even tornadoes with Tornado Alley Armor. If you don’t have room in your garage have a look around your home and as long as it is on a standard slab foundation our safe room can be installed in any room. Tornado Alley Armor Safe Rooms. The leader in EF-5 tornado protection. 
Rate this blog entry:
0
Continue reading
9 Hits
0 Comments

Deadly tornadoes hit the south in January

Tornadoes can spin up in any month of the year in the United States when the necessary atmospheric ingredients come together. In winter months such as January, when cold air is abundant, they are not as common, but that doesn't mean you can let your guard down. Since early morning on January 21, 2017, a preliminary 30 reports of tornadoes have been tallied up from Louisiana to southern Mississippi, southern Alabama and southern Georgia, according to NOAA's Storm Prediction Center. A deadly EF3 tornado touched down in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, early Saturday, which caused considerable damage and killed four people. Early Sunday morning, at least 12 people were killed by a likely tornado or multiple tornadoes in southern Georgia. During the 20-year period of 1996 through 2015, the first calendar month of the year has averaged about 40 tornadoes annually. It's the third-least-tornadic month, along with December and February. The number of tornadoes in January has ranged from a record 212 in 1999 to zero in 2003 and 1986. A single outbreak produced 129 of the January 1999 tornadoes during a two-day period. This year, dozens of tornadoes touched down in the South on Jan. 2. That has propelled the preliminary tornado count to 50 through the midpoint of the month, according to NOAA's Storm Prediction Center. The deadliest January tornadoes on record both occurred in Arkansas. Fifty-five people were killed in Warren on Jan. 3, 1949, and 55 lost their lives in Fort Smith on Jan. 11, 1898. Deadly tornadoes have occurred in January in 5 of the past 10 years through 2016. While these facts may seem like a history lesson the main purpose is to reiterate that tornadoes don't wait until spring to strike. They can occur at any time of the year and you should always have a plan for safety. ...
Rate this blog entry:
0
Continue reading
473 Hits
0 Comments

Do you have benches inside your tornado storm shelters? Where do we sit?

We don’t include benches in our storm shelters. The simple reason is that if you were to be sitting on a bench and leaning against the storm shelter walls when an EF-5 tornado came through your home, causing impacts against your tornado storm shelter, there would be a grave possibility of major injuries. FEMA tells us that you should not be leaning against the safe room walls during a tornado and this makes perfect sense to us. If you were sitting on a bench you would tend to lean against the storm shelter walls for back support. Those same safe room walls could take an impact causing you injuries. At Tornado Alley Armor Safe Rooms we recommend using folding card table chairs, bag chairs, or some other type of chair that has a back. With a chair that folds or collapses you would be able to store them inside your safe room ready to use. If you had family or neighbors visiting when the tornado sirens sound you would be able to fit more people inside your storm shelter for tornado protection. If you don’t need the extra room then the chairs would be handily available to open up and sit down on. Find more information at www.tornadoalleyarmor.com, or call us toll free at 855-552-7667.                                                                             
Rate this blog entry:
0
Continue reading
1273 Hits
0 Comments

Tornado Alley Armor’s safe rooms are relocatable. You can take our storm shelters with you when you move!

                                      Are you considering buying a tornado storm shelter but hate the idea of having to leave your investment behind when you move? Never fear! With Tornado Alley Armor you make a LIFETIME investment. Our safe rooms are relocatable. In other words, you’ll never have to purchase another storm shelter for the rest of your life. How does it work? Well, our customers handle it a few different ways. If you DIY (Do It Yourself) to start with you’ll already know how to unassemble your safe room when it’s time to move. All you need to do it stack in on a small trailer or in the bed of a pickup truck. If you didn’t DIY but had us provide installation we are happy to come out and take it apart, stack it, drive it to your new house, and reassemble/anchor it once we arrive. The 3rd scenario we often see is customers hiring us to provide professional installation when they purchase their tornado shelter the first time and watch as it is assembled and anchored. This can help give confidence to do-it-yourself when it comes time to move. Otherwise, we are still happy to come out and take care of that for you. How much does it cost? We charge 1½ times the normal installation charge for the size safe room you have, plus any mileage if you’re outside of 50 miles from any of our showrooms. This is quite a bargain because in reality it’s two complete installations, just one of them is in reverse.  In these pictures you see an example of relocating and resizing. Oh yes, you can resize your Tornado Alley Armor safe room as well. The Dochney...
Rate this blog entry:
0
Continue reading
1152 Hits
0 Comments

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.        
Rate this blog entry:
1
Continue reading
1294 Hits
0 Comments

Tornado Safe Rooms don't have to be boring white.... spice yours up with a custom color!

      Heather in Parker, TX decided to have us powder coat her Rampart 7 person safe room grey. This way her tornado safe room coordinates with shelving in her garage. It was a great idea and looks wonderful in her garage. With Tornado Alley Armor Safe Rooms you get choices. From the size you want your safe room to be, to where you want it installed, and even with the color you want it to be. We always use powder coating to cover the steel. You don't have to worry about think coats of spray paint... our powder coating is a baked on finish that will withstand the test of time, even if you install your storm shelter outside. You can follow this link to see all the different color choices we have. Questions? Give us a call and we can help you decide which color will match the closest to your house, cabinets, favorite sports team, etc. Toll free 855-55-ARMOR.  
Rate this blog entry:
0
Continue reading
1070 Hits
0 Comments

DIY Do It Yourself Tornado Safe Room Customer Install

[embed=gallery]   Before and After. We delivered the Gutierrez family their Rampart 7 person safe room. They took care of the assembly themselves, then had Tornado Alley Armor Safe Rooms come back to do the anchoring. You don't have to completely DIY if you're unsure about the anchoring, or simply don't have access to a rotary hammer. You can still save some cash by doing part of it yourself.   Call us toll free at 855-55-ARMOR if you have any questions. 
Rate this blog entry:
2
Recent comment in this post
Guest — DonnaHudspeth
I can find no information on tying down the structure to an existing slab. I read that a rotary hammer is used, but not anything a
Thursday, 01 December 2016 6:06 PM
Continue reading
1812 Hits
1 Comment

I see videos on tornado shelters going through impact testing, but what about going through 250+ simulated winds?

I see all the videos on tornado shelters going through the impact tests, but what about your storm shelter actually going through 250+ simulated winds?  Impacts are the greatest threat to your survival...small, javelin-like objects travelling at high velocity, not wind. That's why they physically check that at Texas Tech University during impact testing and not put them in a wind tunnel or drop heavy objects on them. The energy found in small missile debris is much more critical than larger, slower moving objects with much greater surface area, and certainly much more than just wind. In reality, the Tornado Alley Armor Safe Room anchor system is engineered with a safety factor of 10x the maximum wind force you'd experience in an EF5 tornado.   Follow this link for more information and to see the actual debris impact test: http://www.tornadoalleyarmor.com/f5-missile-impact-testing-at-texas-tech-university  
Rate this blog entry:
0
Continue reading
1040 Hits
0 Comments

What is a tornado watch?

Do you ever get confused when the meteorologist starts talking about tornado watches and tornado warnings? It can be hard to tell the difference if you aren't used to hearing either one mentioned. A tornado watch is issued by the National Weather Service when conditions are favorable for the development of tornadoes in and close to the watch area. Their size can vary depending on the weather situation. They are usually issued for a duration of 4 to 8 hours. They normally are issued well in advance of the actual occurrence of severe weather. During the watch, people should review tornado safety rules and be prepared to move a place of safety if threatening weather approaches. A Tornado Watch is issued by the Storm Prediction Center (SPC) in Norman, Oklahoma. Prior to the issuance of a Tornado Watch, SPC will usually contact the affected local National Weather Forecast Office (NWFO) and they will discuss what their current thinking is on the weather situation. Afterwards, SPC will issue a preliminary Tornado Watch and then the affected NWFO will then adjust the watch (adding or eliminating counties/parishes) and then issue it to the public. After adjusting the watch, the NWFO will let the public know which counties are included by way of a Watch Redefining Statement. During the watch, the NWFO will keep the public informed on what is happening in the watch area and also let the public know when the watch has expired or been cancelled.  
Rate this blog entry:
0
Continue reading
1460 Hits
0 Comments

Can tornado storm shelters be enlarged?

Tornado Alley Armor's safe rooms can be! Sometimes our customers are curious about what size of safe room they should get because they are not yet finished growing their family, but they are not ready financially or spatially to purchase a larger shelter. Not a problem! Our tornado shelters are bolted together so not only are they entrapment proof and movable, you can also purchase additional panels later on down the road if you need to make it larger. For example, if you start with the Champion (3 adults) and you decide you want to expand, you can simply add panels to make it deeper and it will become a Rampart (7 person.) The Defender can also be made deeper into a Guardian (10 people.) All our safe rooms can be enlarged. There are many options to choose from as you are looking to buy a storm shelter from Tornado Alley Armor and there are just as many options available for you to choose from after your initial purchase to make it larger if needed. www.tornadoalleyarmor.com/models 
Rate this blog entry:
1
Continue reading
1543 Hits
0 Comments

I can’t climb stairs anymore. Will I be able to get in your storm shelter?

As we get older stairs get to be an issue for lots of us. It’s just a fact of life. We will all age and eventually stairs could be hard to go up and down. With Tornado Alley Armor you don’t have to worry about being able to climb down stairs into a cramped storm cellar. All of our tornado storm shelters are above ground with easy access. If you have a spot inside your home (As long as you have a standard reinforced foundation) we can even install your safe room in a closet or spare bedroom for even quicker access. If you aren’t sure where you might have room to put a tornado shelter just give us a call and we can help you figure it out. We even have a small 3 adult safe room that is only 30” deep and 4’8” wide. This one is really popular in closets. Call us today! Toll Free 855-55-ARMOR.
Rate this blog entry:
1
Continue reading
1679 Hits
0 Comments

What kind of warranty can I get on a tornado storm shelter?

At Tornado Alley Armor Safe Rooms, we stand behind our product and we want our customers to be 100% satisfied. For life! We offer a LIFETIME warranty on all components of your properly installed safe room which maintain structural damage caused by actual tornado missile impact, wherein the mechanical integrity of the damaged component may be in question. Simply put, this means that in the event of a tornado where your storm shelter suffers physical damage from the actual tornado that could compromise the structural safety of your safe room, we will replace the damaged parts. We also offer a limited warranty that is good for one year from the date you get your storm shelter in your physical possession. This warranty covers defects in materials and workmanship of properly installed safe room components or hardware. The warranties are also transferrable. If you move and leave your safe room behind (although you don’t have to!) we will honor the warranty for the new owners as well. If you have any questions or hesitations about our warranties, let us help you. Call us toll free at 1.855.552.7667.  
Rate this blog entry:
1
1331 Hits
0 Comments

I'm looking for a Safe Room Showroom in Dallas Texas to check out tornado storm shelters in person

Tornado Alley Armor Safe Rooms showroom is one of the very few tornado shelter showrooms in in the Dallas, TX Metro area. While we do have complete information along with pictures and pricing on our website, if you are in the North/East part of Texas you can take a short drive to our storm shelter showroom in Richardson, Texas, and check out our 5 most popular storm shelter sizes on display. We have from our smallest 3 adult safe room- the Champion, the Defender 5 adult safe room, the Rampart 7 adult safe room, the Guardian 10 adult safe room, and the Reliant 14 adult safe rooms all on display all the time. Our physical address is 630 S. Central Expressway in Richardson, TX. We're easy to find- across from Pappasito's on Hwy 75.  Our hours are 10:00 - 6:00 Monday through Friday, 10:00 - 2:00 Saturday, and we're available by appointment on Sunday and evenings. If you'd like to schedule a time after hours just give us a call at 469-429-7889 and we'd be happy to meet you here. www.tornadoalleyarmor.com. You can also call toll free 855-55-ARMOR. Phones are answered Sunday through Saturday from 9:00 am to 10:00 pm. 
Rate this blog entry:
3
Recent Comments
Guest — Richard
Can the Champion be installed in the backyard up against the house on a properly poured slab?
Monday, 25 April 2016 9:09 PM
Leslie
Richard,Yes, it sure can. If it isn't going to have a cover over it we recommend adding on our weather control package. Just follo
Tuesday, 26 April 2016 1:01 AM
Continue reading
2620 Hits
2 Comments

Do you have YOUR tornado emergency plan in place?

Unlike hurricanes, tornadoes don't give you days notice of when they will hit. It is critical that an emergency plan is developed between you and your family if a tornado strikes. Make sure everyone in your family knows what to do when a tornado warning sounds. Always have an emergency kit ready-flash light, first aid kit, batteries, gloves, air horn, basic tools, etc. Also have a NOAA radio available that is specifically tuned to pick up warnings for your local area, this will minimize more frequent warnings that may not apply to you. Keep important documents in a box to carry with you to your shelter. If you have a tornado shelter always make sure that there is a clear pathway to it, and that it is easily accessible. If you don't have a storm shelter figure out the safest place in your home to hide and make sure everyone in your family knows where to meet. When the tornado has passed always exit your shelter (or other area) with caution, wear sturdy shoes or boots to protect your feet from the debris that is likely to be laying around. Watch for nails, loose drywall, and ceilings that could potentially fall. It is important to stay away from disaster areas which it may put you at further risk. When helping neighbors who may require assistance, give first aid where appropriate. If a person has stopped breathing begin CPR if you are trained to do so, if a person is bleeding apply direct pressure to the wound. Never move seriously injured persons unless they are in immediate danger or further injury- call for help. And remember always cooperate fully with public safety officials.
Rate this blog entry:
1
Continue reading
1364 Hits
0 Comments

Will opening windows in my house during a tornado equalize air pressure and help minimize the destruction caused by the storm?

At Tornado Alley Armor Safe Rooms we occasionally get asked, "Will opening windows in my house during a tornado equalize air pressure and help minimize the destruction caused by the storm?" The answer is no. Opening windows during a tornado will do nothing for you but waste precious time that you should be using to seek shelter. Not only is there no scientific benefit to opening your windows, it allows debris to easily enter your home. Emergency procedure manuals used to recommend that people open their windows in order to help equalize the pressure in the house when the tornado hits. Before a thorough study was conducted by the National Wind Institute at Texas Tech, it was believed that homes “exploded” by the drop in air pressure when a tornado strikes a home, creating unequal pressure. This has since been proven WRONG. Houses are destroyed by the incredible wind speeds (over 250 mph) that a tornado can produce not by unequal air pressure. These winds can lift a roof off a house, causing the walls of the home to flatten, creating an illusion that the house is exploding. So, instead of wasting time opening windows use your valuable time to get into your Tornado Alley Armor Storm Shelter.
Rate this blog entry:
6
Continue reading
2558 Hits
0 Comments

Can I have an above ground storm shelter if I live in a manufactured or raised foundation home?

  Have you ever thought to yourself “I would like to own one, but do I have the right set up to attach it to?” If you have, the answer is yes you can!  According to the size of safe room you want, pour a separate reinforced concrete slab at least 4 inches thick and containing 3 ½ cubic yards of concrete with either rebar or post tension cable to anchor down our safe room to. You can own your very own above ground tornado shelter. Helpful Tip- When picking a place to put your storm shelter keep in mind you want to stay out of the storm as much as possible. Storms can produce all kinds of dangers like high winds which can have debris or falling limbs from above, hail, & lightning. Pick a spot like right outside the back door on a patio so that you are at minimal exposure to the weather conditions and keep a clear pathway to your storm shelter so that you are able to get to your shelter quickly and easily. We also have weather control protection for all of our units that will be outside that include a shed roof and weather control to keep those rainy days off and out of our storm shelters. Don’t wait until it’s too late to protect what matters, the lives of you and your family. Give us a call today toll free at 855-55-ARMOR or visit us online at www.tornadoalleyarmor.com.    
Rate this blog entry:
4
Continue reading
2103 Hits
0 Comments

Family Safety and Home Defense

What comes to mind when you think about home defense and family safety? Most people would think about firearms and security systems…and maybe even a guard dog or two, right? Well one option that a lot of people don’t think about is a panic room/safe room. What is it exactly? Most security experts use the phrase Safe Room rather than Panic Room to describe the concept of having an ultra-secure location within a residence. The concept is simple…prepare a room within the interior of the home where the family can safely retreat during a home invasion or other terrorist threat and call for help. Yes, that’s right; you can use your cell phone to call for help inside Tornado Alley Armor safe rooms! You’ll have just as much cell phone reception inside our safe rooms as you would standing outside of it. Most other tornado shelters are not capable of that. They have to have a landline installed inside the safe room in order to call for help. Another advantage, and probably the most important, is that it serves as a storm shelter capable of withstanding a category F5 tornado! WOW! That’s right, our safe rooms have been tested to withstand the devastating attacks of an F5 tornado…and even bullets fired from conventional hand guns and rifles! Now that’s one tough safe room. But don’t take my word for it. Do the research and find out for yourself. Any questions? Give us a call toll free at 855-552-7667.
Rate this blog entry:
3
Continue reading
1674 Hits
0 Comments

National Storm Shelter Company opens new Showroom in Dallas, Texas to view Tornado Shelters up close and personal!

  Tornado Alley Armor Safe Rooms has just opened a 2nd tornado storm shelter showroom so that you can inspect our safe room displays in person! Announcing the opening of our Richardson, TX safe room showroom serving all of the Dallas area and beyond... into the entire great state of Texas. We're located at 630 S. Central Expy in Richardson. Call for directions (469-429-7889) or visit the "locations" tab on our homepage: http://www.tornadoalleyarmor.com/locations/dallas/richardson-tx-showroom. This is not a franchise. Our headquarters are in Tulsa, OK and up until now we have run everything from that location, even our sales and installations in the Dallas area. We now offer a showroom in Richardson where our customers can more easily see our fantastic bolt together safe rooms on display, place their order, and even set up delivery/installation.
Rate this blog entry:
4
Continue reading
2544 Hits
0 Comments

Can I use my income tax refund to help pay for a storm shelter, safe room, or tornado shelter? Even as a down payment?

Yes! An income tax refund from the IRS is an easy way to help pay for your tornado safe room shelter purchase.  Your tax refund will give you a head start on the process, and if you are an early filer you could most likely have your storm room installed before the storm season arrives! If you getting a refund and your tax returns are sent to the IRS in January it’s very likely you’ll  receive your refund in as little as two weeks with electronic direct deposit. Checks may take a little longer to receive.  Also, many banks and credit unions offer Refund Anticipation Checks (or equivalent Refund Anticipation Cards), also known as RAC’s, which allow you to receive your refund right away….a great way to get your safe room order started early in the year, before the big springtime purchasing season arrives. You’ll have your tornado shelter installed and ready to use before the season even starts, which can be as early as February. If your tax refund is enough to cover the entire cost of the safe room, congratulations! However, for those refunds that aren’t enough to fully pay for your safe room purchase, Oklahoma Central Credit Union offers an incredibly low 0.99% APR financing term on safe room loans. For those who otherwise may not qualify for a safe room loan, the combination of a Refund Anticipation Check along with a low interest loan may be your best opportunity to purchase a safe room for your family. And the best part is that you don’t have to wait for the loan and refund to be finalized! As soon as the financial institution notifies us that you’ve been approved for a RAC and/or safe room loan, you can order your safe room! Have questions? Call us toll free...
Rate this blog entry:
2
Continue reading
1866 Hits
0 Comments

Is it possible to have an electrical outlet in a tornado shelter? We have a child with medical issues that needs access to his machine.

Q: I have a child that sometimes needs access to electrical power to plug in his machine for treatments. I'd like a tornado shelter with an electrical plug in, and we live in the Oklahoma City, OK area.  Is this possible? A: Yes it is! We occasionally have tornado shelter customers ask us if it's possible to have electric run inside their safe room, and the answer is YES! Obviously, if the storm gets strong enough power will be lost and anything electrical won't work. But, sometimes it's nice to have a plug-in while it lasts. We offer a 100v power outlet as an option on our website. It is a weatherproof two-outlet receptacle for power inside your safe room. The power cord plugs into any existing outlet near the tornado shelter, allowing for safe disconnect. Coaxial cable or CAT5 connections for your hard drives are also available. Have a special need but don't find it on our website? Give us a call and we'll see what we can do to help! 855-55-ARMOR. www.tornadoalleyarmor.com
Rate this blog entry:
1
Continue reading
2386 Hits
0 Comments

Where can I buy a DIY Tornado Shelter kit? I'm looking for a bolt together style storm shelter to put in my closet.

You can purchase a Do It Yourself Bolt Together Safe Room, Tornado Shelter or above ground Storm Shelter kit that also has a professional installation option right here at Tornado Alley Armor Safe Rooms. Our safe rooms easily move when you do. You don't ever have to purchase another one. You can unbolt it and move it to your new home in the back of a pickup, van, trailer, etc. You can’t do that with an underground cellar or garage floor storm shelter. Don’t worry about leaving it behind and having to purchase a new one, you’ll own this tornado shelter forever because it can easily move when you do!     www.tornadoalleyarmor.com toll free 855-552-7667
Rate this blog entry:
0
Continue reading
1918 Hits
0 Comments

Tornado Alley Armor Safe Rooms is opening a tornado storm shelter showroom in Dallas, Texas!

Coming soon! Tornado Alley Armor is opening a brand new showroom in the Dallas, TX area January 2015! While we do sell, ship, and install nationwide already and are in 25 states you'll now be able to stop by our new showroom in the Dallas area to check out our safe rooms in person, without making a drive to Tulsa, OK. This will be convenient to people living in Allen, Plano, Richardson, Carollton, Farmers Branch, Addison, University Park, Ft Worth, Coppell, Richland Hills,  Grapevine, Euless, Southlake, Flower Mound, Lewisville, Irving and many more, The new showroom will be on the south bound access road of Hwy 75 in Richardson, Texas. The exact address is: 630 South Central Expy Richardson, Texas 75080 Driving directions: We'll be located on Hwy 75 Southbound Service Road, between Main St and West Spring Valley Road, across the highway from Pappadeaux and Pappasito's Cantina. From Hwy 75 take the Spring Valley Road Exit 23 for southbound lanes or Belt Line Rd /Main St. Exit 24 for northbound lanes.C   Click below for some interesting Texas tornado facts: http://www.tornadoalleyarmor.com/contact/dallas/texas-tornado-facts
Rate this blog entry:
1
Continue reading
2053 Hits
0 Comments

OK City Storm Shelters by Tornado Alley Armor Safe Rooms

Tornado Alley Armor Safe Rooms delivers and installs storm shelters, tornado shelters, and safe rooms nationwide. Live in the Oklahoma City, OK area and need an above ground tornado shelter? Look no further! Call Tornado Alley Armor (855-55-ARMOR) or check out our website at www.tornadoalleyarmor.com for models and pricing. Even better, you can take it with you when you move. This is a one time investment that will last you forever!  
Rate this blog entry:
3
Continue reading
1883 Hits
0 Comments

Do I need a tornado shelter?

Do I need a storm shelter? There are many different variables that weigh in on whether or not you need a storm shelter, but the main factors to consider are: wind zones in your area and your fear of storms. Tornadoes and hurricane strength winds have the potential to knock your house to the ground. If this happens, where will you and your family be? Owning a storm shelter will not only protect you and your family during a storm, but it will also provide you with peace of mind against the unknown. If you want to know whether or not you need a storm shelter based on your geographical location alone, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) posted a map of wind zones in the United States. Using this map, you can check on the actual risk of high winds in your area. Keep in mind that you could still see high winds in low risk areas and vice versa, but this is a great visual to start your research. And of course, if you have any other questions, please call us at 1.855.55.ARMOR.  
Rate this blog entry:
3
Continue reading
2043 Hits
0 Comments

How to register your storm shelter and get a permit for your safe room if it's required on KJRH


Watch this video for great information about determining whether or not you need a permit for your tornado shelter, and how to go about registering your safe room so that emergency responders will come check on you after a catastrophic event, if your city offers that. If your city doesn't, you can always call the local fire department and let them know you have a safe room. Just remember, with Tornado Alley Armor Safe Rooms you won't be relying on emergency workers anyway. You'll take down your wrenches and start unbolting to make yourself a new way out. 855-55-ARMOR www.tornadoalleyarmor.com
Rate this blog entry:
0
Continue reading
1190 Hits
0 Comments

Are storm shelters or safe rooms ADA wheelchair handicap accessible?

Our safe rooms can be! We offer options to make our storm shelters ADA handicap accessible. Your first option is to use our standard 30 inch door and add our lightweight aluminum ADA compliant ramps. Your second option is to upgrade to our 36 inch door and add the ADA compliant ramps. We supply the larger door as well as the ramps at an additional cost. We have had some customers in wheelchairs be able to use our standard 30 inch door along with the ramps. If the wheelchair is too wide for our standard safe room door you can add the 36” ADA compliant door and have plenty of room to get inside. Our aluminum ramps are two parts so that you can have someone bring in the outside ramp after getting inside. This way you make sure to have it when it’s time to come back out of the safe room. J Questions? Give us a call at 855-55-ARMOR. Here’s a link to an album on our website showing the 36” ADA door and ramps:   http://www.tornadoalleyarmor.com/tornado-alley-armor-pics?AG_MK=0&AG_form_paginInitPages_152=1&AG_form_albumInitFolders_152=simple_slide_show/ADA%20Accessible%20Door&AG_form_scrollTop=0&AG_form_scrollLeft=0&AG_MK=0
Rate this blog entry:
1
Recent Comments
Guest — Judy
Having a wheelchair accessible Tornado Alley Armor safe room in my garage gives such peace of mind. The Guardian is large enough f
Wednesday, 14 May 2014 1:01 AM
Guest — wheelchairindia
Hey, very nice site. I came across this on Google, and I am stoked that I did. I will definitely be coming back here more often. W
Tuesday, 17 February 2015 6:06 AM
Guest — wheelchairindia
Hey, very nice site. I came across this on Google, and I am stoked that I did. I will definitely be coming back here more often. W
Tuesday, 05 January 2016 10:10 AM
Continue reading
7432 Hits
3 Comments

110 volt Duplex Electric Receptacle for above ground storm shelters by Tornado Alley Armor Safe Rooms

We occasionally have customers ask us if it's possible to have electric run inside their safe room, and the answer is YES! Obviously, if the storm gets strong enough power will be lost and anything electrical won't work. But, sometimes it's nice to have a plug-in while it lasts. We offer a 100v power outlet as an option on our website. It is a weatherproof two-outlet receptacle for power inside your safe room. The power cord plugs into any existing outlet near the safe room, allowing for safe disconnect. Coaxial cable or CAT5 connections for your hard drives are also available. This link:  http://www.tornadoalleyarmor.com/store#!/~/category/id=8467022&offset=0&sort=priceAsc will take you to our options page where you can get more information.  Have a special need but don't find it on our website? Give us a call and we'll see what we can do to help! 855-55-ARMOR.
Rate this blog entry:
2
Continue reading
4703 Hits
0 Comments

Where can I buy a DIY bolt together Tornado Shelter kit? Can it be shipped to my house for a Do It Yourself installation?


I'm looking for a D-I-Y safe room project so I can save some money by not having to pay for installation. Can you help me?Absolutely! Tornado Alley Armor bolt together safe rooms can be bought as Do It Yourself kits or we can provide professional installation. We ship and install our storm shelters nationwide so you don't have to worry that you live too far away from our showroom/ warehouse in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Depending on how far away you are we will either deliver it personally or have it shipped by freight carrier. Either way it will arrive in pristine condition ready for you to assemble and anchor. The only thing you need to provide are the tools to put it together and anchor. We provide detailed instructions for your safe room and are always available by phone/ face time if you need any assistance. We also have several helpful videos on our YouTube page. Not sure about doing it yourself? We're happy to provide professional installation! Give us a call if you have any questions. We would be happy to help! Toll free 855-55-ARMOR.
Rate this blog entry:
1
Recent Comments
Guest — Nichole Mitchell
Could I get an estimate for a shelter being shipped to Salem, AL? I have a family of three, six if you count dogs. Tornadoes are n
Tuesday, 03 February 2015 1:01 PM
Guest — Leslie McGee
Hi Nicole,I'd be delighted to give you a quote. We have several difference sizes that may or may not be large enough depending on
Tuesday, 03 February 2015 5:05 PM
Continue reading
16780 Hits
2 Comments

I'm looking for a Safe Room Showroom to check out Storm Shelters in person around Tulsa, OK

    Tornado Alley Armor Safe Rooms showroom is one of the very few tornado shelter showrooms in Tulsa, OK and the surrounding area. While we do have complete information along with pictures and pricing on our website, if you are in the North/East (Green Country) part of Oklahoma you can take a short drive to our storm shelter showroom in Tulsa and check out our 4 most popular storm shelter sizes on display. We have from our smallest 3 adult safe room- the Champion, the Defender 5 adult safe room, the Rampart 7 adult safe room, and the Guardian 10 adult safe room all on display all the time. The Guardian on display is our actual test unit that we took to Texas Tech to have impact testing done. It took 9 hits- 5 more than required- and passed every one of them with flying colors. Check out for yourself how it stood up to EF-5 tornado strength winds. Our physical address is 9300 Broken Arrow Expressway in Tulsa, OK. We're easy to find- just look for Guts Church on the BA and we're 2 doors to the east. Our hours are 9:30 - 6:00 Monday through Friday, 9:30 - 3:30 Saturday, and we're available by appointment on Sunday and evenings. Give us a call at 855-55-ARMOR and we'd be happy to meet you here.
Rate this blog entry:
0
Continue reading
5422 Hits
0 Comments

Meteorologist Frank Mitchell knows severe weather. Trust the authority on Tornadoes when deciding on a Storm Shelter.

Meteorologist Frank Mitchell endorses Tornado Alley Armor for your severe weather safety. Trust the authority on tornadoes as well as our NSSA Producer Member status. For twenty-two years Frank analyzed and forecast the weather right in the heart of "Tornado Alley"....the last eight of which serving as Chief Meteorologist for the ABC affiliate KTUL-TV Channel 8 in Tulsa, OK. Over the years millions of loyal viewers have turned to Frank for accurate and trustworthy severe weather advice. When it comes to severe weather, Frank has seen it all and knows how to keep people safe. Over the years he had surveyed dozens of tornado disaster sites and witnessed firsthand the importance of a quality safe room. Trust Frank and Tornado Alley Armor to deliver the best protection for your loved ones. Tornado Alley Armor. Your LIFETIME Tornado Defense. www.tornadoalleyarmor.com email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. toll free 855-55-ARMOR
Rate this blog entry:
1
Continue reading
6617 Hits
0 Comments

Preparedness, Doomsday and Survivalist Preppers take cover with a Storm Shelter - Panic Room - Gun Safe - Property Vault by Tornado Alley Armor Safe Rooms

Looking for a solution to "where will I be safe if the worst happens?" If you're trying to prepare your family to survive if the worst happens then look at Tornado Alley Armor Safe Rooms. We manufacture entrapment proof NSSA EF5 rated storm shelters and offer many other features such as panic rooms and gun safes / property vaults. Our safe rooms are 100% FEMA compliant. The proof in that is our National Storm Shelter Association membership. You can't get trapped inside because our panelized design allows easy emergency egress from any panel location. No one can lock you in or trap you in from the outside when you are inside. Even better, you CAN lock yourself in from the inside. We designed our safe rooms to also be used as panic rooms. You can lock yourself in and no one will be able to get in from the outside. The door cannot be unlatched. It cannot be lifted from the frame. The Grade 8 carriage bolts can only be unbolted from the inside. They absolutely cannot be removed from the outside. The safe room panels are made of tempered steel and are impervious to all conventional handgun and rifle hunting rounds. With the security door option you can add two Class 1 deadbolts and that will let you use your safe room as a property vault as well. Lots of folks add this option and turn their storm shelter into a gun safe/ property vault. If you travel and have large items you'd like to secure while you're out of town they make a great place to keep large valuables safe from intruders. Look around, compare, and then come back and let us give you even more reasons why Tornado Alley Armor is the answer to your family's safety. You can call...
Rate this blog entry:
0
Continue reading
7130 Hits
0 Comments

Could I use my tax refund as a down payment for a safe room, tornado shelter or storm shelter?

Absolutely! An income tax refund from the IRS is an easy way to help pay for your safe room purchase.  Your tax refund will give you a head start on the process, and if you are an early filer you could most likely have your safe room installed before the storm season arrives! If you are due a refund and your tax returns are send to the IRS in January it’s not uncommon to receive your refund in as little as two weeks with electronic direct deposit. Checks may take a little longer to receive.  Also, many banks and credit unions offer Refund Anticipation Checks (or equivalent Refund Anticipation Cards), also known as RAC’s, which allow you to receive your refund right away….a great way to start your safe room purchase early in the year, before the big Springtime purchasing season arrives. If your tax refund is enough to cover the entire cost of the safe room, congratulations! However, for those refunds that aren’t enough to fully pay for your safe room purchase, Oklahoma Central Credit Union offers an incredibly low 0.99% APR financing term on safe room loans. For those who otherwise may not qualify for a safe room loan, the combination of a Refund Anticipation Check along with a low interest loan may be your best opportunity to purchase a safe room for your family. And the best part is that you don’t have to wait for the loan and refund to be finalized! As soon as the financial institution notifies us that you’ve been approved for a RAC and/or safe room loan, you can order your safe room! Have questions? Call us toll free at 855-55-ARMOR or you can email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Rate this blog entry:
1
Continue reading
31988 Hits
0 Comments

I'm going to sell my house soon. Will an above ground tornado shelter add to the resell value of my home?

I’m wondering if it’s a good idea to buy an above ground safe room right now since I plan to sell my home next year. Would I be better off just waiting until I move? Or, would adding a storm shelter add to the value of my home? Good question! The answer really depends on the kind of safe room you’re looking into. For instance, if you’re considering a typical above ground square welded box you would have to keep in mind that you may or may not get full value out of it depending on whether or not the buyer of your home wants a storm shelter.  If the buyer does not want the safe room it would be up to you to hire someone to move it because it cannot be easily done without using big equipment. The same is true for an underground in the garage floor storm cellar or outside in the backyard cellar. Those you can't take with you if you move. If you’re considering a Tornado Alley Armor Safe Room then I would say YES! Just one of the many great features of our safe rooms is that you can take it with you when you move. If the buyer of your home won’t give you full value of your Tornado Alley Armor Safe Room then you can simply unbolt it, put it in the back of a truck or on a small trailer and take it with you to your new home. You are our nothing this way and you get to keep your storm shelter. If the buyer does give you full value then just give us a call and put in an order for a new tornado shelter for your new house. This is just one example of how advantageous Tornado Alley...
Rate this blog entry:
2
Continue reading
8474 Hits
0 Comments

Do I need a building permit to install and anchor a storm shelter in my garage or room inside my house? How difficult is it?

In order to purchase a safe room some cities require a building permit. Contact your local Building Inspection or Code Enforcement department to find out. Storm shelters are typically treated as an accessory building for permitting purposes. Some cities consider them the same type of installation as a gun safe (ours can double as one) and don’t require one. They vary in their permitting requirements so Tornado Alley Armor recommends checking with the folks in your city. If you happen to be a FEMA rebate recipient be sure to check the all the requirements and deadlines. If you need a permit make sure to start the ball rolling when you order your safe room because sometimes it can take a few weeks for your city to process the permit paperwork. Check with the city management department in your town to find out if a permit is required. If you do happen to need one it is your responsibility to obtain it. We are happy to assist you with any documents the city may want. Not all cities require permits and the requirements vary from town to town. For instance, the City of Fort Worth, TX does not require a permit for our type of safe rooms. If a “contractor registration” is required we are happy to take care of that as well as the cost involved.  City building inspection departments will walk you through the process. Getting a permit for a storm shelter may involve completing a simple building permit application for your safe room, providing a copy of your property plot plan (or survey) with the tornado shelter location designated on the drawing. You will be responsible for all permit paperwork and fees. We will work with you to make your experience as pleasant as possible.   Feel free to give us a call if you...
Rate this blog entry:
2
Continue reading
42097 Hits
0 Comments

Drilling Wedge Anchors with a Rotary Hammer into your Reinforced Slab Foundation with Tornado Alley Armor's DIY Option


If you choose to you can DIY your Tornado Alley Armor Safe Room and save some sweet moolah, while at the same time turning it into a family time hands on project. Here's a video from our YouTube page showing the wedge anchors being drilled into a reinforced slab foundation in a garage. Watch closely and you'll notice a little trick we use.  (You aren't limited to your garage though. Our safe rooms can be installed in closets, offices, dens, etc.) We use a right angle rotary hammer rather than a hammer drill and it really makes quick work of the whole anchoring process. See one of my earlier blogs for a short video on drilling the holes for one of our storm shelters while using a shop-vac at the same time. Considering Doing- It- Yourself but just not sure about it? Give us a call! We'd be happy to answer any questions you might have. 855-552-7667 and of course our website is www.tornadoalleyarmor.com. Professional installation is always available- and we do ship AND install nationwide. Thanks for watching!  
Rate this blog entry:
0
Continue reading
14352 Hits
0 Comments

This is how easy it is to DIY your Tornado Alley Armor Safe Room using a Rotary Hammer


Thinking of doing it yourself but not sure about the anchoring part? Here's a quick video that demonstrates just how easy it is to drill your reinforced slab foundation with the right tools. We recommend using a right angle rotary hammer. It makes quick work of the anchoring. We use a Shop-Vac at the same time to keep any dust from the concrete from settling back in the holes. For more videos and examples visit our YouTube page at http://www.youtube.com/user/TornadoAlleyArmor.    
Rate this blog entry:
1
Continue reading
16180 Hits
0 Comments

Do I need to add upgrades to Tornado Alley Armor Safe Rooms?

If your Tornado Alley Armor above ground storm shelters are EF-5 certified, what's the purpose of the "Secondary Steel" and "Fort Knox panels?"  And if one were to select one of these safe room options here, "Secondary Steel" and "Fort Knox panels," what would be your recommendation? They serve the same function as side collision air curtains, crash avoidance systems, anti-lock brakes, etc in vehicles….not required, but they add to your level of safety. The base unit with no structural upgrades is F5 rated and built to meet or exceed FEMA-320 recommendations. Upgrades to the structure are roughly analogous to side air bags, anti-lock brakes, crash avoidance systems, etc in a car…nice to be sure and they maximize your odds of avoiding injury, but they’re not required. It’s a cost/benefit analysis of maximizing your protection. For those with heightened respect for tornadoes, those who tend to opt for upgrades when available, the Ft Knox and/or Secondary Steel ribs are an attractive option to maximize their level of protection. Give us a call, we’ll get your safe room needs figured out and get you on our list. 855-55-ARMOR or email through our website at www.tornadoalleyarmor.com.   Thanks for your question Paul!
Rate this blog entry:
0
Continue reading
6172 Hits
0 Comments

Where Can I Purchase A Do It Yourself Safe Room?

Q: Where can I buy a Do It Yourself Bolt Together Safe Room, Tornado Shelter or above ground Storm Shelter kit that also has a professional installation option?     A: If you live within 100 miles of any of the following locations you can have your own Tornado Alley Armor DIY Safe Room kit with all necessary hardware delivered to your door within 4-5 weeks, palletized on a 40” x 80” wooden skid, with professional installation available upon request. A good rule of thumb to estimate freight & delivery cost is between $0.50 and $1.05 per mile depending on the weight of your selected model and whether it is a DIY or professional installation. We have access to some of the best freight rates in the country, so don't think the shipping will be too much. Give us a call and we'll quote it for you! As of April 2015 we have safe rooms in states designated with red font and an asterisk. We ship and deliver nationwide, so if you don’t see your state or area listed, or if you are in a state that isn’t red, give us a call! We’d be glad to add your region, and we may even be persuaded to make you a deal! *ALABAMA : Mobile, Montgomery, Birmingham, Tuscaloosa, Huntsville *ARKANSAS : Fort Smith, Fayetteville, Jonesboro, Little Rock, Hope, El Dorado, Pine Bluff COLORADO : Denver, Pueblo **CALL US!** DELAWARE : Dover **CALL US!** *FLORIDA : Pensacola, Tallahassee, Tampa, Jacksonville, Orlando, Miami *GEORGIA : Atlanta, Macon, Augusta, Savannah, Albany, Valdosta *ILLINOIS : Springfield, Carbondale, Peoria, Chicago, Savanna, Champaign *INDIANA : Indianapolis, Fort Wayne, Gary, Evansville *IOWA : Des Moines, Cedar Rapids, Atlantic, Sioux City, Mason City, Davenport *KANSAS : Wichita, Topeka, Dodge City, Colby, Hayes, Salina, Chanute *KENTUCKY : Paducah, Bowling Green,...
Rate this blog entry:
5
Recent Comments
Guest — Joyce Deer
I live in Mississippi, and I have a carpenter remodeling my house. Our plans included building a safe room, and then I saw this o
Friday, 07 June 2013 5:05 PM
Administrator
Thanks for your question! Your slab should be just fine. As a matter of fact, we've never come across a garage floor slab less tha
Tuesday, 26 November 2013 3:03 AM
Guest — Dac Al
Hi, I am thinking of having one installed in my 2.5 car garage. (3 people tornado shelter) The house is 13 years old. Do you t
Tuesday, 26 November 2013 2:02 AM
Continue reading
112269 Hits
7 Comments

Which Way Should a Safe Room Door Swing?

  Question: Does it matter whether an above ground safe room door swings inward or outward?   Answer: With virtually every other safe room on the market, the door swings inward. In theory it’s supposed to make it more difficult to have your egress blocked. But…that’s one, and only one door meaning one way in and one way out. If a car or wall or debris comes to rest against the door opening it doesn’t matter which way it swings…you’re still trapped inside. Our door swings outward, which means full contact door-to-frame protection around the entire door perimeter when debris missiles impact the door. An inward swinging door is only as strong as the hinge and latch points holding it to the frame and they must absorb the entire impact. I’ll take full perimeter impact protection any day over hinges and bolts only. With a Tornado Alley Armor safe room you have as many options for escape as you do panels. For instance, our model 10030 has 8 panels and 1 door, giving you 9 potential escape routes. All you need to do is keep a couple of 9/16” end wrenches inside (which we provide, by the way, zip tied neatly up high where little ones can’t reach them) and if the door gets blocked, you just pick any panel and it’s as simple as unbolting a few bolts to free yourself in a matter of minutes. It is absolutely entrapment proof! You can totally disassemble the entire safe room from the inside. No other safe room offers that kind of fool proof escape system. Our latch mechanism is also designed such that it is impossible to get locked in by someone from the outside…intentionally or otherwise. Our interior latch mechanism works completely independent from the outside handle, so even...
Rate this blog entry:
2
Recent comment in this post
Guest — Patricia Clement
Just recently we were debating about the issue and an outward swinging safe room door makes total sense now. I too would prefer fu
Monday, 19 May 2014 11:11 AM
Continue reading
50801 Hits
1 Comment

Welcome to the launch of our new Tornado Alley Armor Awesomeblog!

Hi! Thanks for checking out the launch of our inaugural Tornado Alley Armor Awesomeblog!Our goal is to provide you with the most comprehensive storm shelter information...discussions, news, facts, videos, tips, how-to's, how-NOT-to's, and more...found anywhere on the web.As you know, weather patterns are going crazy and tornado outbreaks are definitely on the rise. The need for a severe weather protection plan, including an easily accessible tornado shelter, is becoming a must for every home and business in "Tornado Alley".In the coming months we'll be sharing a wealth of tornado and severe weather preparedness information, including: FEMA safe room design standards - What design features you should expect in your storm shelter FEMA grant programs - Where active FEMA grant programs are currently in place, what it takes to qualify Storm Shelter and Safe Room Certifications - What do they really mean? How do you really know certification claims are legit? Severe Weather in the News - Severe weather outbreaks, the aftermath, and stories of survival Storm Shelter Comparisons - What separates a GREAT storm shelter from the rest of the crowd Picking Your Safe Room Site - Things to consider when shopping for your storm shelter Tips From the Tornado Pros - Tips and tricks you can use to make your safe room installation a perfect one! Severe Weather Tips - How to know when a threatening weather is approaching, what to do, and where to go There's lots more to cover, but for AwesomeBlog! #000001.....for now....this oughta' do.Hope to see you back soon!Montywww.tornadoalleyarmor.com
Rate this blog entry:
1
Continue reading
10790 Hits
0 Comments

Login Form