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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!

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 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

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?

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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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?

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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I'm going to sell my house soon. Will an above ground tornado shelter add to the resell value of my home?

I’m wondering if it’s a good idea to buy an above ground safe room right now since I plan to sell my home next year. Would I be better off just waiting until I move? Or, would adding a storm shelter add to the value of my home? Good question! The answer really depends on the kind of safe room you’re looking into. For instance, if you’re considering a typical above ground square welded box you would have to keep in mind that you may or may not get full value out of it depending on whether or not the buyer of your home wants a storm shelter.  If the buyer does not want the safe room it would be up to you to hire someone to move it because it cannot be easily done without using big equipment. The same is true for an underground in the garage floor storm cellar or outside in the backyard cellar. Those you can't take with you if you move. If you’re considering a Tornado Alley Armor Safe Room then I would say YES! Just one of the many great features of our safe rooms is that you can take it with you when you move. If the buyer of your home won’t give you full value of your Tornado Alley Armor Safe Room then you can simply unbolt it, put it in the back of a truck or on a small trailer and take it with you to your new home. You are our nothing this way and you get to keep your storm shelter. If the buyer does give you full value then just give us a call and put in an order for a new tornado shelter for your new house. This is just one example of how advantageous Tornado Alley...
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Where is the best place to install an above ground storm shelter?

Weather authorities used to say to stay away from the southwest corner of your house because they believed that was where the tornado would strike the hardest. Today we now know that just isn't true. The truth is, no one place is any safer against a tornado than another. The most important thing to remember is if you don’t have an above ground safe room stay as far away from windows as possible and get to an interior room of your house. If you do not have a storm shelter, the NOAA says the safest place is... “In a house with no basement, a dorm, or an apartment: Avoid windows. Go to the lowest floor, small center room…” If you have a Tornado Alley Armor Safe Room, because of our bolt together design and our manufacturing process; it can be installed anywhere inside your home, garage, or even outside. A safe room can be installed on any standard reinforced concrete slab or base of adequate mass and geometry, indoors or outdoors. It can not be installed on a raised floor, but there are many other alternate locations with concrete that may qualify. As far as protection from a tornado it really doesn't matter where you install your tornado shelter. There isn't one area that will be any safer than another once you’re inside, other than not going outside to get to your storm shelter if it’s at all possible to install it in your garage or other room inside your home. FEMA recommends not having to go outside to get to safety because then you’re risking getting hit by flying debris while you’re trying to get across the yard. Have any questions? Please call us at 855-55-ARMOR toll free or you can email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..   Thanks!
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Suggestions for Tornado Emergency Kit Supplies for your Above Ground Storm Shelter

Here are some great ideas for stocking your Tornado Alley Armor safe room with all the essentials you would want when preparing a disaster supply kit for tornadoes. You'll want to have water, food, lights, a first aid kit, spare clothes (don't forget shoes!) and other items on hand to be prepared for Mother Nature. See the pictures for examples. These are from an actual customer of ours. Remember to keep your emergency 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. Here are some other items to keep on hand inside your safe room: 3 day supply of water, Portable Toilet and rolls of toilet paper, Moist Towelettes, Toilet Liners, Sturdy shoes and work gloves, Toilet Disinfectant, AM Radio w/Batteries, Alert horn, Roll of duct tape, Large Mylar Blanket, Glow sticks, Matches in a waterproof container. 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. If you have any questions please feel free to give us a call at 855-55-ARMOR or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  
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Tornadoes rip through the Midwest hitting Illinois, Indiana, and Kentucky on November 17, 2013

More than 80 tornadoes were reported across the midwest on November 17, 2013, though that figure should be considered preliminary. At least 10 states were in under severe weather alerts, as tornado watches were posted in Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri, Arkansas, and others. Many states were hit by tornadoes and hundreds of thousands of people were left without power, according to weather officials. "We obviously have a very dangerous situation on our hands and it's just getting started," NWS deputy director Laura Furgione said during a conference call with reporters earlier Sunday. Washington, Illinois, a town 145 miles southwest of Chicago, was hit particularly hard. "I stepped outside and I heard it coming," Michael Perdun, a resident there, told a news service. "My daughter was already in the basement, so I ran downstairs and grabbed her, crouched in the laundry room and all of a sudden I could see daylight up the stairway and my house was gone. The whole neighborhood's gone. The wall of my fireplace is all that is left of my house." Amy Paul, a spokeswoman for OSF Saint Francis Medical Center, told the Peoria Journal-Star that the hospital was treating 37 tornado victims, including seven trauma victims. According to severe weather Expert Dr. Greg Forbes, the second half of October, and especially November, can often be a second season for tornadoes. Forbes says, "In many ways, this is the counterpart to spring, when strong fronts and upper-air systems march across the United States. When enough warm, moist air accompanies these weather systems, the unstable conditions yield tornadoes and severe thunderstorms." We all need to have a plan… a safe place to go when severe weather strikes. If you already own a storm shelter then great! If you don’t have a safe room manufactured by a National Storm Shelter Association Producer Member...
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Will my cell phone have reception in underground garage floor storm shelters or above ground safe rooms?

I'm worried about being able to call for help if I get trapped inside a storm shelter after a tornado. Will my cell phone work if I can't get out of an underground in the garage floor storm shelter or in an above ground safe room? Great question! It doesn't occur to lots of folks to ask about cell phones working in storm shelters. It's good to know before making your purchase whether or not you'll be able to call for help after a tornado. From our experience everyone we have ever talked to, and we have talked to hundreds of people, have told us that their cell phones do not work in the underground type cellars. This has been a concern for a lot of years because with the underground storm shelter, whether it is in the garage or the back yard, you only have one way in and one way out. If that hatch gets blocked by debris and you aren't able to call for help you are stuck. That's a scary prospect.We even tried to search on Google for "underground storm shelter cell phone reception" and the best we could find from actual manufacturers of underground storm shelters were evasive comments never actually stating that their underground storm shelters would get reception. We found answers like: "It depends on your carrier." "To the best of our knowledge, there is no noticeable loss of signal when inside.." Really? Either it will work or it won't. Don't take our word for it. Do your homework. Ask questions and test it out for yourself. With above ground storm shelters you don't have to worry about being able to make a call if you can't get your door open after going through a tornado. Even better.... with a Tornado Alley Armor safe...
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How can our storm shelters be entrapment proof after a tornado- making them claustrophobia free? Watch and learn. :-)


  Tornado Alley Armor safe rooms are entrapment proof. This really helps with claustrophobia issues for a lot of people. Wondering how we do it? Watch this 30 second spot and see for yourself how easy it is to get out if the storm shelter door gets blocked. By the way, we use an outward swinging door because it is a much stronger design than one that swings in. Don't let others try to tell you that if the door swings in you can't get trapped inside. After an EF5 tornado that door could be warped by debris causing it to not budge, or there could be so much debris on that side of the storm shelter that even if the door opened you may not be able to get out. With our design if you can't get out on the side the door is on you can simply go to a different side of the safe room and start unbolting. You can even go out the top if you need to. :-)      
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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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How do I know if my concrete slab foundation is thick enough and reinforced with steel for an above ground storm shelter?

The quickest and easiest way to tell if your concrete slab foundation is thick enough for a Tornado Alley Armor above ground storm shelter….. Drill a small hole through your concrete slab using a hammer drill and masonry bit. If you’re a minimum of 3.5”- 4” in before the bit punches through you’re just fine. If your home was built within the last 40-50 years, and if it was build in a city with building inspectors for new construction, chances are great that your concrete is adequate for an above ground safe room. If the reinforced concrete slab is found to be inadequate, we’d have to regroup and try to find an alternate location for your storm shelter, or make arrangements to beef up the existing location. There are a couple of options to modify the existing location which we’d have to discuss, and those options would probably add $1200-$1500 to the total cost of the tornado shelter. FYI- in all our installations we've only come across one that didn't qualify. Some info on the steel requirement for above ground safe rooms: It is recommended to add protection for the absolute worst case scenario. The idea is that if the concrete were put under enough stress that it actually flexed and failed, the steel embedded in the concrete should keep the broken part of the slab and the safe room attached to it connected to the main mass of the slab long enough for the tornado to pass. To our knowledge this scenario has never been observed. Also, if there are any structural considerations to the garage, such as being partially under grade like you’d find on a split level house, which would significantly reduce the loads on, and improve the performance of the slab. There’s a way you can check the concrete in your slab foundation...
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Above Ground Storm Shelter customer feedback in Little Rock, AR- Tornado Alley Armor Safe Rooms

A Guardian (10 person) storm shelter installed in my garage. It has the optional 36 inch wide ADA door and security lock.Review Date: August 26, 2013 Member: Judy Little Rock, AR Category: Builders - Garages/Barns/Sheds Services Performed: Yes * More Weight is given to a review where work has been completed. Work Completed Date: July 22, 2013 Hire Again: Yes Approximate Cost: $6,900.00 Home Build Year: 1960 Description Of Work: Tornado Alley Armor installed a wheelchair accessible storm shelter in my garage that is large enough for 10 people. An optional security door, 36 inches wide to meet ADA standards, also allows the shelter to be used as a locking safe room for valuables.Member Comments:This is a family business and the owners take pride in what they do. They were wonderful to deal with--quick to respond to emails and voice mails, answered lots of questions, and were willing to go the extra mile to make sure the shelter would be accessible to a wheelchair-dependent person in my family. They communicated about the anticipated delivery date, confirmed the date, and actually arrived early--after making sure it was okay to come early. They installed the shelter in a few hours, cleaned up the garage and made sure I could work the locking mechanism comfortably. The wheelchair ramps turned out to be too heavy so they ordered aluminum ramps to be delivered about a week later. They followed up with a phone call and email to make sure that the ramps had arrived as scheduled and worked as intended. I have never dealt with a business as caring and professionally competent as they were. Share on Band of Neighbors: No Review Photos: A Guardian (10 person) storm... Overall A Price A Quality A Responsiveness A Punctuality A Professionalism A   ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS ANSWERED WHEN COMPLETING THIS REVIEW How much did the final cost compare to the original estimate? right on How does the value of the...
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Above Ground Safe Rooms/ Storm Shelters Saved Lives in Moore OK EF-5 Tornado

Researchers who toured Moore after the May 20, 2013 F-5 tornado said above ground storm shelters held up great in the storm and can be a better choice than underground storm cellars. Aboveground storm shelters held up exceptionally well in the tornado and could be a better choice than a traditional underground storm cellar, said Larry Tanner, a research associate at the National Wind Institute at Texas Tech University. Ricky Stover rode out the storm in Moore. He and his family didn't have a safe room so they took to their cellar."We locked the cellar door when we saw it coming and it got louder and the next thing you know you see the latch coming undone and you couldn't reach for it and it ripped open the door. Glass and debris started slamming on us," Ricky said. Tanner was among a team of researchers from the institute that toured the damaged areas after the Moore tornado. They examined how different types of structures held up in the storm, with particular attention given to storm shelters. The institute tests and approves shelters for manufacturers based on standards set by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. They use giant air cannons to fire debris at speeds simulating strong tornadoes. Tanner said researchers found 19 above ground safe rooms or storm shelters in the damage path or near the damage path of the storm. All survived. “They all performed great,” Tanner said. “We continue to have great success stories both in Joplin and in Oklahoma City.” In some cases, all that was left after the tornado passed were the shelters. Tanner said above ground shelters have had a hard time catching on in Oklahoma, where people have been told for decades that the safest place during a tornado is underground. This just isn't true.  FEMA states...
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Drilling Wedge Anchors with a Rotary Hammer into your Reinforced Slab Foundation with Tornado Alley Armor's DIY Option


If you choose to you can DIY your Tornado Alley Armor Safe Room and save some sweet moolah, while at the same time turning it into a family time hands on project. Here's a video from our YouTube page showing the wedge anchors being drilled into a reinforced slab foundation in a garage. Watch closely and you'll notice a little trick we use.  (You aren't limited to your garage though. Our safe rooms can be installed in closets, offices, dens, etc.) We use a right angle rotary hammer rather than a hammer drill and it really makes quick work of the whole anchoring process. See one of my earlier blogs for a short video on drilling the holes for one of our storm shelters while using a shop-vac at the same time. Considering Doing- It- Yourself but just not sure about it? Give us a call! We'd be happy to answer any questions you might have. 855-552-7667 and of course our website is www.tornadoalleyarmor.com. Professional installation is always available- and we do ship AND install nationwide. Thanks for watching!  
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Feedback from DIY Customers in Winnipeg, Manitoba about Tornado Alley Armor Safe Rooms

I'd like to share some feedback from customers in Canada:   Hello everyone at Tornado Alley Armor, Well, we hauled the pallet with our shelter encased from Pembina, North Dakota to home in Winnipeg (about 4 hour round trip) on Saturday without concern from the Border Officers in either country. We arrived back at home at approximately 1:30pm, uncrated and carried the parts into the garage, ate some lunch and then got to it. By about 4:30 we had easily assembled the two side walls and ceiling panels and lifted it upright. We took the rest of the evening off for some family stuff. The next day, Sunday, we started again at 9:00 am, had it completely assembled by 1:30, rented the hammer drill, and secured it to the garage pad in an hour.Everything went smoothly. The instructions were quite clear. All the parts were well made and fit together like a charm. It was a bit heavier than I had thought even thought I knew the weight of the panels, but the two of us handled it's construction without trouble.It looks great! Are we your first Canadian customers? I suspect the room will get lots of attention around our neighborhood!We have attached a photo.Best wishes, Mark and Barbara  
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I've seen houses ripped off slabs during a tornado. How do your storm shelters not blow away as well?

I've seen lots of news reports that show houses and other buildings being torn off of slab foundations during tornadoes. What keeps your storm shelters anchored to the slab? It seems like they would be sucked away also? 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 250 mph EF5 winds like a safe room. Tornado Alley Armor Safe Rooms are made of tempered steel and anchored every 10” around the entire perimeter. The slabs always stay behind because they have enough mass and a low profile, and our safe room is engineered with enough anchors to provide hold down and shear resistance that is orders of magnitude greater than maximum F5 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! www.tornadoalleyarmor.com 855-55-ARMOR
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Can I Choose Where the Storm Shelter Door will be Located? And what about an Inward Swinging Safe Room Door?

Can we put the door on the end of the storm shelter (and swing inward) as opposed to the middle front? It depends on the size safe room you order. For anything from the Rampart 7 adult safe room or larger the door can be placed just about anywhere around the perimeter. However, we do not offer an in-swinging door because they’re not as structurally reliable as an out-swinging door. You do not have to rely on hinges and latches to absorb F5 missile impacts coming at the tornado shelter. Our door impacts the entire frame, which in turn transfers the energy into the slab. With our safe room design the door swing direction is inconsequential from an escape perspective since the entire safe room can be unbolted from inside. The number of potential escape routes is equal to the number of panels. With welded boxes or holes in the ground you have one way in, one way out. If that exit is blocked by immovable debris, you’re still stuck regardless of how the door swings. Give us a call if you have any questions! 855-552-7667 or check out our website if you aren't already there at www.tornadoalleyarmor.com.
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