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!
Tornado season is right around the corner. Be prepared by gathering items for a disaster supply kit. If you have a storm shelter keep these items in a tote or other container inside so that you are always prepared. With a Tornado Alley Armor Safe Room you won’t have to worry about getting out of your safe room after the storm, even if debris blocks your door, because you’ll have emergency wrenches hanging inside.
Here are some other items to keep on hand:
3 day supply of water
Portable Toilet and rolls of toilet paper
Sturdy shoes and work gloves
AM Radio w/Batteries
Roll of duct tape
Large Mylar Blanket
Matches in a waterproof container
Remember to keep your kits in working order by changing the food and water every six months and replacing batteries as necessary. Keep items in airtight plastic bags. This will help protect them from damage or spoiling. Rethink your family needs once a year for example, diapers or formula, copies of prescriptions, hearing aid batteries, spare eyeglasses, or other physical needs.
Tornado Alley Armor Safe Rooms expresses its sympathy for the people that went through the Hattiesburg, MS tornado yesterday.
Although it’s still winter tornadoes don’t seem to care. Hattiesburg, MS found that out first hand when a tornado ripped through their town damaging buildings and harming residents. Luckily, everyone survived this one.Tornado Ally Armor Safe Rooms ship and install nationwide. Hattiesburg, Purva, Columbia, Collins, Laurel, Elisville, and Poplarville- be prepared for the next severe weather outbreak by protecting your loved ones with a storm shelter from Tornado Alley Armor. Entrapment Proof, F5 Rated, NSSA, and you can take it with you if you move. Find more great features on our website.
Q: Is the safe room industry regulated by the government?
A: No, it is not. There is no regulation or follow-up done by the government to verify a tornado shelter or safe room company’s claims are true.
That being said, the National Storm Shelter Association is a voluntary organization that is very strict on following the guidelines set forth by FEMA. Tornado Alley Armor is a Producer Member in the prestigious National Storm Shelter Association…best of the best in the safe room industry. Our safe room design meets or exceeds the design standards found in FEMA 320/361, ICC-500 and NSSA publications, and the NSSA has verified that our design has been checked by 2 separate engineering firms for FEMA design compliance. We have been successfully tested with over 2x the required number of F5 debris impacts at Texas Tech University.
We’re one of only 2-3 safe room companies in the US to have met the newest and most stringent requirements for Safe Room manufacturers. You should check out the NSSA for yourself. www.nssa.cc
Of all the safe room companies out there, you can trust that members of the NSSA will have the most rigorous testing and documentation of their design over any of the competitors, and that when we say we meet or exceed FEMA design standards, our safe room design has been thoroughly checked for strength and code compliance by a certified Professional Engineer (FEMA 320/361 and ICC-500 Standards for Safe Room Design & Construction), and all calculations, drawings & quality control systems have been peer reviewed by a second, NSSA-approved certified Professional Engineer familiar with safe room design codes and requirements.
You may accidentally run across another storm shelter association out there claiming to be on par with the NSSA...but, do you remember the USFL? The ABA? Same...
Q: I’m extremely claustrophobic and am scared to get in an above ground tornado shelter or underground shelter because I’m afraid I’ll get trapped inside. What do you suggest?
A: You don’t have to worry about getting trapped inside a Tornado Alley Armor Safe Room. Even if something blocks the door, our safe rooms can be totally disassembled from the inside, rendering them guaranteed entrapment-proof regardless of door swing. We include two wrenches with every safe room, zip tied inside for emergency egress. No hydraulic jacks, no hoists, no come-alongs. If you can use a wrench to loosen a nut you can get out. You won’t have to wonder if and when someone will come along to help you from the outside. With our safe rooms you can help yourself from the inside. Plus, since it bolts together it’s totally re-locatable if you decide to move. The disassembled unit fits easily in a van, small utility trailer or pickup bed.
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,...
Can I install an above ground safe room in my home with a crawl space?
First, let’s define the general types of residential construction:
Slab on grade: A concrete slab is poured in a properly prepared area with the slab sitting directly on the ground. It is often designed to be thicker around the perimeter to support the weight of the walls. Walls and structure are fastened directly to the concrete floor.
Raised floor: Also known as crawl space, pier and beam, footer and stem wall. Wooden floor joists and decking are built on top of concrete piers and stem wall, with an air space between the soil and the floor. The raised floor, stem wall and piers provide support for the walls and a “crawl space” underneath.
Basement: A combination of slab and raised floor construction, with the slab poured far enough below grade to allow walking height space between the slab below and floor joists above.
Modular or Mobile Homes: Wooden floors and structure are built on top of steel I-beams suitable for over the road transportation. The I-beams are typically set on concrete blocks or piers.
Of the four types of construction listed above, and assuming building codes were followed, only the slab on grade method provides an adequate base throughout the structure on which to anchor a safe room.
However, there are exceptions and alternate location possibilities:
Homes with basements are candidates for indoor safe rooms as long as the installation is limited to the concrete basement floor; or
An adequate slab can be found elsewhere, such as a garage floor, driveway, carport, patio, or shop floor; or
A slab or base engineered specifically for that purpose is installed.
So to summarize, a safe room can be installed on any standard reinforced concrete...
Does it matter whether an above ground safe room door swings inward or outward?
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...
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