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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!

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

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

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

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 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?

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

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.

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

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

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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How to register your tornado shelter so Emergency Responders will check on you after a tornado- FOX 23 News in Tulsa, Oklahoma

How to register your tornado shelter so Emergency Responders will check on you after a tornado- FOX 23 News in Tulsa, Oklahoma


  FOX 23 News featured Tornado Alley Armor Safe Rooms in a segment about registering storm shelters. Tulsa has a new volunteer system to register your safe room online and have emergency responders know where to look after a tornado. Although, with a Tornado Alley Armor safe room you won't be in there long enough to need to wait for them to come looking for you. You'll take down your wrenches that are stored inside and start unbolting. You can make yourself a new door by unbolting any of the panels, or even unbolt the entire safe room from the inside if needed. www.tornadoalleyarmor.com  
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If Tornado Shelters are Debris Impact Tested at Texas Tech are those Storm Shelters FEMA Certified?

If Tornado Shelters are Debris Impact Tested at Texas Tech are those Storm Shelters FEMA Certified?

If safe rooms are Impact Tested at Texas Tech does that automatically make them FEMA 320 Compliant? We attended a Home and Garden Show recently and had some customers ask us about FEMA compliance for storm shelters and impact testing at Texas Tech University. Apparently there are storm shelter companies that are misleading customers into believing that passing debris impact testing at Texas Tech National Wind Institute (http://www.depts.ttu.edu/nwi/) is equivalent to being FEMA 320 (http://www.fema.gov/safe-room-resources/fema-p-320-taking-shelter-storm-building-safe-room-your-home-or-small-business) compliant. This is grossly incorrect and the companies that are telling customers this are aware they are incorrect. At Tornado Alley Armor we try to educate consumers on the fact that the storm shelter industry is unregulated and there are lots of tornado shelter companies out there misinforming them on the facts. Passing debris impact testing at Texas Tech is the first step in gaining membership in the voluntary self-policing National Storm Shelter Association. At Texas Tech they do not check for FEMA compliance. They only test ability to take EF-5 strength impacts without failure. This is no small feat, and very important to have done. If a safe room can’t handle the EF-5 impacts during testing then it absolutely is not FEMA compliant. At every trade show you'll find non-NSSA manufactures who tout FEMA 320 compliance yet it is immediately clear by any number of visual indicators that they are not, in fact, compliant...things as simple as counting the number of hinges and latch points, or checking the anchor spacing just to name a few items. But, being able to claim successful impact testing at Texas Tech does NOT make a storm shelter FEMA compliant. So let the buyer beware! Look for the NSSA logo.   The NSSA's Executive Director is Dr. Ernst Kiesling P.E., Ph.D, from Texas Tech University's National Wind Institute. Dr. Kiesling...
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How long does it take to install a bolt together above ground tornado shelter?

How long does it take to install a bolt together above ground tornado shelter?
I ordered a storm shelter from Tornado Alley Armor Safe Rooms and am wondering how much time I need to set aside for the installation. It really depends on the size tornado shelter you ordered and where we will be installing it. If you ordered one of our smaller safe rooms plan on it taking about 2 hours. That time range would cover the smallest 3 adult Champion safe room, the 5 adult Defender safe room, and the 7 adult Rampart safe room installed in your garage. If you are having us install your storm shelter in a closet, office, or other room inside your home it will take almost twice as long. Having walls, halls, and tight areas to work around takes longer. But, if you ordered a 10 adult Guardian, a 15 adult Protector, or larger just add another hour to hour and a half to the installation time for a garage install. Double that for an indoor install. We can be flexible to accommodate your schedule. Need an evening or weekend appointment for your install? No problem. We can take care of it! We'll call you as soon as we have your safe room ready for installation and set up a time that's convenient for you. Give us a call if you have any questions! 855-55-ARMOR
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Where can I buy a DIY bolt together Tornado Shelter kit? Can it be shipped to my house for a Do It Yourself installation?

Where can I buy a DIY  bolt together Tornado Shelter kit? Can it be shipped to my house for a Do It Yourself installation?

I'm looking for a D-I-Y safe room project so I can save some money by not having to pay for installation. Can you help me?Absolutely! Tornado Alley Armor bolt together safe rooms can be bought as Do It Yourself kits or we can provide professional installation. We ship and install our storm shelters nationwide so you don't have to worry that you live too far away from our showroom/ warehouse in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Depending on how far away you are we will either deliver it personally or have it shipped by freight carrier. Either way it will arrive in pristine condition ready for you to assemble and anchor. The only thing you need to provide are the tools to put it together and anchor. We provide detailed instructions for your safe room and are always available by phone/ face time if you need any assistance. We also have several helpful videos on our YouTube page. Not sure about doing it yourself? We're happy to provide professional installation! Give us a call if you have any questions. We would be happy to help! Toll free 855-55-ARMOR.
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Could I get an estimate for a shelter being shipped to Salem, AL? I have a family of three, six if you count dogs. Tornadoes are n
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Hi Nicole,I'd be delighted to give you a quote. We have several difference sizes that may or may not be large enough depending on
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Do I need to be Concerned about Lighting during Storms with Above Ground Steel Tornado Shelters?

Do I need to be Concerned about Lighting during Storms with Above Ground Steel Tornado Shelters?
At Tornado Alley Armor we have never had a customer have to deal with lighting and hanging power lines on their safe room after a tornado. This really isn't something to be highly concerned about. The chance that you could have live wires lying across your storm shelter after a tornado is almost non-existent. It just doesn't happen. But, for those of you that may worry here are a few things to help reassure you:The following is an excerpt from the National Storm Shelter Association Standard for the Design, Construction, and Performance of Storm Shelters: Concerns over safety in lightning storms for occupants of storm shelters have led to searches for applicable science or expert opinion. Little published information has been found that addresses directly the shelter safety issue. The advice of engineers and scientists with extensive research experience in lightning safety is reflected in this Standard. Some evidence has been provided by experts on the subject of metal structures indicating that metal enclosures shield the interior from the effects of outside sources of electricity. The public intuitively acknowledges this principle when driving automobiles during thunderstorms. The “metal box” represented by a conventional car or van yields a skin effect that becomes the conductor and protects the occupants. BG Claude B. Donovan, project officer for development of the Army’s Bradley fighting vehicle, points out that “… tanks and armored vehicles get hit by lightening all the time, and in many cases they are uploaded with their basic loads of ammunition, pyrotechnics, and fuel. There isn't even a conscious effort to make the ammo or packing materials conductors or insulators, so grounding must not be a big factor.” Additional safety measures you can take if you are still concerned are grounding and adding high density rubber floor mats to stand on. You...
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Your safe rooms have apparently passed the impact tests. However, I'm concerned more about them being anchored to the floor so th
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I'm looking for a Safe Room Showroom to check out Storm Shelters in person around Tulsa, OK

I'm looking for a Safe Room Showroom to check out Storm Shelters in person around Tulsa, OK
    Tornado Alley Armor Safe Rooms showroom is one of the very few tornado shelter showrooms in Tulsa, OK and the surrounding area. While we do have complete information along with pictures and pricing on our website, if you are in the North/East (Green Country) part of Oklahoma you can take a short drive to our storm shelter showroom in Tulsa and check out our 4 most popular storm shelter sizes on display. We have from our smallest 3 adult safe room- the Champion, the Defender 5 adult safe room, the Rampart 7 adult safe room, and the Guardian 10 adult safe room all on display all the time. The Guardian on display is our actual test unit that we took to Texas Tech to have impact testing done. It took 9 hits- 5 more than required- and passed every one of them with flying colors. Check out for yourself how it stood up to EF-5 tornado strength winds. Our physical address is 9300 Broken Arrow Expressway in Tulsa, OK. We're easy to find- just look for Guts Church on the BA and we're 2 doors to the east. Our hours are 9:30 - 6:00 Monday through Friday, 9:30 - 3:30 Saturday, and we're available by appointment on Sunday and evenings. Give us a call at 855-55-ARMOR and we'd be happy to meet you here.
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Meteorologist Frank Mitchell knows severe weather. Trust the authority on Tornadoes when deciding on a Storm Shelter.

Meteorologist Frank Mitchell knows severe weather. Trust the authority on Tornadoes when deciding on a Storm Shelter.
Meteorologist Frank Mitchell endorses Tornado Alley Armor for your severe weather safety. Trust the authority on tornadoes as well as our NSSA Producer Member status. For twenty-two years Frank analyzed and forecast the weather right in the heart of "Tornado Alley"....the last eight of which serving as Chief Meteorologist for the ABC affiliate KTUL-TV Channel 8 in Tulsa, OK. Over the years millions of loyal viewers have turned to Frank for accurate and trustworthy severe weather advice. When it comes to severe weather, Frank has seen it all and knows how to keep people safe. Over the years he had surveyed dozens of tornado disaster sites and witnessed firsthand the importance of a quality safe room. Trust Frank and Tornado Alley Armor to deliver the best protection for your loved ones. Tornado Alley Armor. Your LIFETIME Tornado Defense. www.tornadoalleyarmor.com email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. toll free 855-55-ARMOR
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Preparedness, Doomsday and Survivalist Preppers take cover with a Storm Shelter - Panic Room - Gun Safe - Property Vault by Tornado Alley Armor Safe Rooms

Preparedness, Doomsday and Survivalist Preppers take cover with a Storm Shelter - Panic Room - Gun Safe - Property Vault by Tornado Alley Armor Safe Rooms
Looking for a solution to "where will I be safe if the worst happens?" If you're trying to prepare your family to survive if the worst happens then look at Tornado Alley Armor Safe Rooms. We manufacture entrapment proof NSSA EF5 rated storm shelters and offer many other features such as panic rooms and gun safes / property vaults. Our safe rooms are 100% FEMA compliant. The proof in that is our National Storm Shelter Association membership. You can't get trapped inside because our panelized design allows easy emergency egress from any panel location. No one can lock you in or trap you in from the outside when you are inside. Even better, you CAN lock yourself in from the inside. We designed our safe rooms to also be used as panic rooms. You can lock yourself in and no one will be able to get in from the outside. The door cannot be unlatched. It cannot be lifted from the frame. The Grade 8 carriage bolts can only be unbolted from the inside. They absolutely cannot be removed from the outside. The safe room panels are made of tempered steel and are impervious to all conventional handgun and rifle hunting rounds. With the security door option you can add two Class 1 deadbolts and that will let you use your safe room as a property vault as well. Lots of folks add this option and turn their storm shelter into a gun safe/ property vault. If you travel and have large items you'd like to secure while you're out of town they make a great place to keep large valuables safe from intruders. Look around, compare, and then come back and let us give you even more reasons why Tornado Alley Armor is the answer to your family's safety. You can call...
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Looking for a FEMA Certified Tornado Shelter? How about a Safe Room that's Approved by FEMA?

Looking for a FEMA Certified Tornado Shelter? How about a Safe Room that's Approved by FEMA?
You may have had someone from a tornado shelter company tell you that their tornado shelters are "FEMA Certified." Beware of any company that tries to tell you their storm shelters are "Approved by FEMA" because FEMA does not verify or certify design calculations for any safe rooms, storm shelters, or tornado shelters. Federal policy does not allow Federal agencies to endorse, approve, certify, or recommend any contractors, individuals, or firms. Any companies who state they are "FEMA approved" or "FEMA certified" are incorrect.  Because of the safe room industry being unregulated this is just one more reason why you can’t automatically trust what someone might tell you. Do your homework, comparison shop, and then make the best decision for your family based on facts and not sales pitches which may or may not be given honestly. Tornado Alley Armor follows all FEMA guidelines with 100% compliance and voluntarily meets and/or exceeds FEMA P-320 design criteria. You don’t have to take our word for it. Check for yourself with the National Storm Shelter Association. In order for us to gain membership we had to have all of our design criteria independently verified. While FEMA and other organizations offer recommendations for safe room designs and installation, manufacturers are not required by law to adhere to them. This is why it is so important to only consider safe rooms that are manufactured by Producer Members in the NSSA. For more info on the NSSA please click here: http://www.tornadoalleyarmor.com/component/content/article/54/175-nation-storm-shelter-association-membership
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This really IS an Awesome Blog. I had no idea that FEMA doesn't certify. Thanks!
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Want your storm shelter in a closet? Tornado Alley Armor safe rooms can be installed in walk-in or standard closets.

Want your storm shelter in a closet? Tornado Alley Armor safe rooms can be installed in walk-in or standard closets.
    Tornado Alley Armor safe rooms can be installed in a walk-in closet, pantry, bedroom, storage room, etc. We have showrooms in both Dallas Texas and Tulsa Oklahoma. You can see them in person! Our bolt together design allows the panels and other components to be carried in one at a time and assembled inside a closet or any other room in your home. Your home must be on a reinforced slab foundation, or we can pour a slab where you want it to be installed if you don’t already have one. Keep in mind that you won’t lose any usable space because the safe room will be able to accommodate shelves and even a hanging rod to still be able to hang clothes in like any other closet. Some of our customers hang clothes rods inside and use the storm shelter for a closet; some put shelves inside and make utility rooms out of them. With Tornado Alley Armor the possibilities are endless! Another great feature we offer is being able to use the storm shelter as a panic room. If you are able to find space inside your home for your Tornado Alley Armor safe room you’ll be steps ahead of an intruder while making your way to safety inside your home, rather than having to make it to the garage or even outdoors to be able to lock yourself in your safe room while you call for help. Yes, your cell phone will work inside our tornado shelters. Have questions? Give us a call at 855-55-ARMOR or check out our main page at www.tornadoalleyarmor.com for lots of very educational information. Check out our Youtube video that shows a Defender 5 adult safe room installed inside a closet that was actually smaller than the safe room before the...
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Could I use my tax refund as a down payment for a safe room, tornado shelter or storm shelter?

Could I use my tax refund as a down payment for a safe room, tornado shelter or storm shelter?
Absolutely! An income tax refund from the IRS is an easy way to help pay for your safe room 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 safe room installed before the storm season arrives! If you are due a refund and your tax returns are send to the IRS in January it’s not uncommon to 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 start your safe room purchase early in the year, before the big Springtime purchasing season arrives. 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 at 855-55-ARMOR or you can email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
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