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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'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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FEMA doesn't "certify" safe rooms, storm shelters, or tornado shelters. Don't believe everything you read on the internet.

Just because you read something on the internet that doesn't mean it's true. Many unscrupulous storm shelter companies try to "pull the wool over our eyes" by making false claims that are sometimes simply outright lies. Take this sign for example. This company is claiming to be "FEMA Certified". FEMA does NOT certify and even says so on their website. You don't have to take my word for it, you can go to: http://www.fema.gov/media-library-data/20130726-1454-20490-4250/fema320_sec3.pdf and read for yourself... "While this guide presents FEMA’s guidance on the design and construction of residential safe rooms, FEMA does not test or certify materials or systems ... " Clearly this is a good example of always doing your homework and not always believing everything you read on the internet. Another storm shelter company is misleading the public by trying to make us believe that they are the ONLY safe rooms that meet FEMA standards. Simply not true. Any safe room built to FEMA specs will provide "Near Absolute Protection."   Here's where you can read for yourself: http://www.fema.gov/safe-room-resources/fema-p-320-taking-shelter-storm-building-safe-room-your-home-or-small-business#shelter.   We don't expect you to automatically believe everything you read on our website, but we do tell the truth and we absolutely will not try to mislead you. Do your homework, research what you read and ask questions. We're always happy to answer questions and give guidance for fact checking. Our toll free number is 855-55-ARMOR. Thank you, Leslie McGee CEO Tornado Alley Armor Safe Rooms  
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Guest — Larry Hall
Talked to Leslie last Wednesday and ordered my shelter. I ordered it with the 5-7 day time frame. Hopefully it will be installed b
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