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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. ...
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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...
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