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Are tornado storm shelters waterproof?

Are tornado storm shelters waterproof?
Are storm shelters waterproof?   While there are no large holes or gaps in our tornado shelters, they cannot be “water proof.” Neither above ground or below ground shelters can guarantee that water will not get inside because every shelter has some kind of ventilation. This makes it impossible to keep out moisture, sometimes resulting in a damp storm shelter. However, our storm shelters have a powder coated finish, which means they are designed for the outdoors, but they are still not 100% water proof. When a customer is looking to put their tornado shelter outside their home without any kind of covering, we recommend upgrading to our weatherizing options. The first option we have is to add weather stripping. This will help prevent water from coming in where the panels meet up and where the bolts are placed. The second option we have is to add our 22 gauge shed roof. This roof does not add any more structural support, but it will help prevent rain from falling directly onto your tornado shelter. The prices for these options will vary depending on the size of safe room you choose, but all prices can be found on our website in our online store. Please feel free to give us a call toll free at 1.855.552.7667 or stop by one of our locations if you have any other questions!
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I have a ceramic tile floor inside my home and want to have a tornado storm shelter installed on top of it. I want a bolt together above ground steel safe room. Can this be done?

I have a ceramic tile floor inside my home and want to have a tornado storm shelter installed on top of it. I want a bolt together above ground steel safe room. Can this be done?
Q: I have a ceramic tile floor inside my home and want to have a tornado storm shelter installed on top of it. I want a bolt together above ground steel safe room. Can this be done? A: Great question! As long as your tile floor has a standard reinforced slab underneath it we can do it! At Tornado Alley Armor Safe Rooms we can anchor right through your existing ceramic tile floor without having to pull it up or put cracks in your tile floor. We drill through the existing tile and into the concrete reinforced slab underneath to anchor your storm shelter. The anchors install right through the tile and into the slab underneath.   Here are a few pictures of a recent installation we provided in Arlington, TX. Jim was nice enough to pose for a photo with his 3 adult Champion safe room after we finished installing his safe room. Questions? Give us a call toll free at 855-55-ARMOR or send a message to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  
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Can I have an above ground storm shelter if I live in a manufactured or raised foundation home?

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.    
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Family Safety and Home Defense

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

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

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...
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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.

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

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

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
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Over 50 years of tornadoes across the United States

Over 50 years of tornadoes across the United States
This brightly glowing map shows the tornadoes that have touched down in the United States since 1956. Notice how strong they are in Texas, Oklahoma, and Missouri.   Made by John Nelson with data from NOAA, this map shows every tornado as a line, which marks the path of the storm. The brightness of the lines corresponds to each twister’s Fujita scale, which is one way of measuring how intense it is. It's remarkable to look at this map and see how much of the U.S. has been hit. Given how tornadoes are becoming more frequent and more deadly isn't it time you protected your family with a safe room from Tornado Alley Armor? Check us out at www.tornadoalleyarmor.com and give us a call if you have any questions. 855-552-7667.
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If there's a tornado, why won't the tornado shelter blow away in the wind just like my house which is sitting on a concrete slab?

If there's a tornado, why won't the tornado shelter blow away in the wind just like my house which is sitting on a concrete slab?
Q: How is it that a house will be ripped off the concrete slab foundation but a tornado shelter won't? A: Houses lift off their slabs because they’re made of wood & brick and anchored every 4 feet or so. They are not designed to withstand EF-5 250 mpg winds like a safe room. Tornado Alley Armor Safe Rooms are made of tempered steel and anchored no more than every 10” around the entire perimeter. The slabs always stay behind because they have enough mass and a low profile, and a safe room is engineered with enough anchors to provide hold down and shear resistance that is orders of magnitude greater than maximum EF5 forces. There is a mountain of evidence online documenting the level of safety of above ground safe rooms, and verifying they are just as safe as anything below ground. If a safe room is built by a National Storm Shelter Association Producer Member, all aspects of the design, construction, documentation, installation and quality control measures have been independently verified to meet or exceed FEMA, ICC-500 and NSSA design recommendations. Other associations or non-associated producers don’t offer that level of compliance verification. Thanks for your question!
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Reading your blog is just enlightening. I had no idea that there is so much documentation about the safety levels of "above ground
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I am interested in a tornado shelter and live in Minnesota. Which is safest? One of my grand daughters was at her other grandmothe
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All Tornado Alley Armor safe rooms are built to the same NSSA standards and are capable of withstanding EF-5 tornadoes. You might
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Bolt Together Do-It-Yourself Tornado Shelter in Kansas City, MO Basement. Tornado Alley Armor- EF5 FEMA Compliant & NSSA Producer Members

Bolt Together Do-It-Yourself Tornado Shelter in Kansas City, MO Basement. Tornado Alley Armor- EF5 FEMA Compliant & NSSA Producer Members


Are you looking for a tornado shelter that can be anchored in your basement so you don't have to go outside into the flying debris to get to an underground cellar? You've found the right place! Tornado Alley Armor safe rooms are DIY friendly and are assembled on site and then anchored to your reinforced slab foundation. (Professional installation is available if you prefer not to Do It Yourself.) We are 100% FEMA Compliant and are producer members in the NSSA which is your proof that we've had an independent verification of our design and that we truly are FEMA Compliant. Have a look around on our website and see for yourself why Tornado Alley Armor is the best choice for tornado protection. Give us a call if you have any questions. We're always happy to help!            855-552-7667                                        www.tornadoalleyarmor.com      
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About the Tornado Shelter Door- a FEMA 320 Compliant EF-5 rated above ground tornado shelter door by Tornado Alley Armor Safe Rooms

About the Tornado Shelter Door- a FEMA 320 Compliant EF-5 rated above ground tornado shelter door by Tornado Alley Armor Safe Rooms
Our Tornado Shelter Doors are constructed in accordance with FEMA (the Federal Emergency Management Agency's) guidelines and ICC-500 (the International Code Council's) standard for tornado shelter doors. This design is based on extensive research, testing, engineering calculations, and scientific evidence on the cause and effects of windstorm damage to buildings. When combined with a Tornado Alley Armor storm shelter that also adheres to FEMA guidelines and ICC standards, a Tornado Alley Armor Door will provide  EF-5 protection during extreme windstorms and tornadoes. Testing on Tornado Alley Armor’s tornado shelter door and safe room was performed at Texas Tech University's Wind Science and Engineering Research Center. Texas Tech is the foremost authority in wind research and co-authored FEMA's "Taking Shelter from the Storm", a publication outlining design specifications for safe rooms. Tornado Alley Armor passed with flying colors and even took more hits against our storm shelter than was required. For more information on residential safe room designs and construction, you can refer to FEMA's publication on their website.   Questions? Give us a call toll free at 855-55-ARMOR or find more information on our website www.tornadoalleyarmor.com
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OK City Storm Shelters by Tornado Alley Armor Safe Rooms

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!  
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Tornado Shelter you can take with you when you move! This bolt together storm shelter allows for easy Do It Yourself Relocation nationwide!

Tornado Shelter you can take with you when you move! This bolt together storm shelter allows for easy Do It Yourself Relocation nationwide!


  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  
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Tornado Shelter Doors- should they swing in or should storm shelter doors swing out?

Tornado Shelter Doors- should they swing in or should storm shelter doors swing out?
Question: Does it matter whether an above ground tornado shelter door swings inward or outward? Answer: With virtually every other tornado shelter door 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 storm shelter 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 if the outside handle is totally immobilized you...
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Broken Arrow, OK Tornado Shelter Customer's Experience with Tornado Alley Armor Safe Rooms- Storm Shelters

Broken Arrow, OK Tornado Shelter Customer's Experience with Tornado Alley Armor Safe Rooms- Storm Shelters
We have tornado shelter customers provide feedback about their experience with Tornado Alley Armor Safe Rooms and love sharing with you. Read below to find out what Tony in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma had to say about his experience with us. Look at what a great fit his Champion storm shelter is inside his closet. This is a terrific location to install your tornado shelter, especially to take advantage of the intruder panic room option that comes standard with every one of our safe rooms. Have questions? Give us a call tool free at 855-55-ARMOR.
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tornado shelter customers in Brandon, MS near Jackson, Mississippi leaving feedback after Do It Yourself safe room installation

tornado shelter customers in Brandon, MS near Jackson, Mississippi leaving feedback after Do It Yourself safe room installation
  We love hearing from our customers- whether they DIY or have us provide professional installation. Above are pictures that Alan in Mississippi sent us of his almost complete storm shelter. Below is an email Alan sent from Brandon, MS that had us ship his safe room to him so he could provide his own installation. Do-It-Yourself kits from Tornado Alley Armor are awesome!   "Here are some pictures of our self install of the Defender. We are finished except for the door vent, handle and lock and a few more anchors.  Looks great.  Fits great in our two car garage.  Two feet to spare behind my wife's car with the garage door down. We are very proud of how it turned out.  My 5'2" wife and I did the complete install.Alan and Ann G."   Thanks Alan and Ann. We loved hearing from you!
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Kansas City in the news- tornado safety by Tornado Alley Armor Safe Rooms- be prepared with an NSSA storm shelter!

Kansas City in the news- tornado safety by Tornado Alley Armor Safe Rooms- be prepared with an NSSA storm shelter!


Kansas City has been in the national news lately due to all the tornadoes that are popping up in Missouri and Kansas. Since Tornado Alley Armor Safe Rooms offers nationwide delivery and installation we have been in the northeast area of Missouri a lot. Some customers, such as the ones featured in this news interview, decide to DIY and will either pick up their tornado shelter at our warehouse or simply have us deliver their storm shelter to their door. For those that don't want to Do-It-Themselves we offer professional installation. Curious? Watch the news interview below and give us a call at 855-55-ARMOR or shoot us an email @ This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..      
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Do I need a tornado shelter?

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.  
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