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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!

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?

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


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

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

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!


  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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That's awesome! I'll call to place my order today!
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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

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

  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 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 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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Team Colors and Graphics- OU Sooners- for your tornado shelter are available with Tornado Alley Armor safe rooms

Another OU Sooner fan is Armored UP! Who says safe rooms can only be plain white? At www.tornadoalleyarmor.com we can do just about any color/graphics you can imagine. Even though you'll have wrenches hanging inside to let yourself out if the door won't open afterwards, making your Tornado Alley Armor safe room entrapment proof, some people like the idea of a brightly colored above ground tornado shelter to give emergency workers a better chance at finding them in all the rubble after a major EF-5 tornado. With our custom color option (as well as standard white) you aren't getting just plain spray paint, you're getting baked on powder coating that won't wear off or rust. Check out our photo albums from the home page for more examples of custom colors/graphics we have done in the past. OSU Pistol Pete and Alabama Auburn Tigers are just a few we've done in the past. This link will take you to our photo albums: http://www.tornadoalleyarmor.com/tornado-alley-armor-pics Not wanting to support you're favorite football team but would like something more than plain white? We can blend your safe room to match the brick on your home or even the trim. Give us a call to find out more! 855-55-ARMOR
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Do It Yourself DIY tornado shelter installed by customer in Kansas City, MO


  One of our DIY tornado shelter customers in Kansas City, Missouri is so impressed with Tornado Alley Armor Safe Rooms that she called the local news stations to tell them about us. Several crews came out to her house and did interviews. Watch to see how simple it can be to Do It Yourself and have your storm shelter assembled and anchored in no time. We do provide professional installation nationwide for those who prefer not to DIY. Tornado Alley Armor- protecting lives in 23 states and growing. For more info give us a call toll free at 855-55-ARMOR or look us up at www.tornadoalleyarmor.com.
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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
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Remembering Moore, Oklahoma one year after the devastating EF-5 tornado of May, 20 2013

  Remembering Moore, Oklahoma one year later. The whirlwind -- an EF5 tornado, the most destructive on the Fujita scale -- sheared houses, schools, businesses into sticks, bricks and shards that lay jumbled and jagged in the straight-line rows of their subdivision streets. All 19 above ground safe rooms in the path of the devastating tornado were still standing and intact afterward. Prayers are going out for the families that are still recovering and rebuilding their lives today.
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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
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Having a wheelchair accessible Tornado Alley Armor safe room in my garage gives such peace of mind. The Guardian is large enough f
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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
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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.
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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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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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Entrapment Proof Multiple Storm Shelter Doors (in a way) on Tornado Alley Armor Safe Rooms


When you purchase an above ground tornado shelter by Tornado Alley Armor Safe Rooms claustrophobia worries are almost nonexistent. Our safe rooms are entrapment proof. But what if the door gets blocked by debris? Well, if it does get blocked all you have to do is take down your handy wrenches that will be stored inside and start unbolting. You can go to the other side of the safe room to make a new door by unbolting a panel, go to the end of the tornado shelter, or even unbolt the roof of the storm shelter and make a new door there. Not that you'll need to, but the entire safe room can be disassembled from the inside if need be. No worrying about how long it might take emergency responders to come check on you. You control your own destiny, so to speak, with a Tornado Alley Armor safe room. Visit  www.tornadoalleyarmor.com to learn more or give us a call toll free at 855-55-ARMOR.
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Moore, Oklahoma- Safe Rooms Saving Lives by providing EF-5 Tornado Protection

After a really close call last year when Moore, OK was hit in May by a massive EF-5 tornado a business operating in Moore, Oklahoma decided to protect it's employees by providing them with 12 of our Protector 15 adult safe rooms. Now when severe weather strikes they will have a safe place to wait out the storm by locking themselves in a Tornado Alley Armor safe room. If you are considering buying a safe room for your employees or your family give us a call and let us help. Our toll free number is 855-55-ARMOR. We ship and install nationwide so don't worry that you might be too far away from us. We have safe rooms as far as Washington, New York, Florida, and even in Canada. www.tornadoalleyarmor.com
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