Survive-A-Storm Blog

August 22, 2014


Steve Jobs was once quoted as saying, “I’m convinced that about half of what separates the successful entrepreneurs from the non-successful ones is pure perseverance.”  In many ways, this quote about perseverance could be considered for more than just business success and includes the triumph of the human spirit in most every aspect of living.   But what does it take for a corporate entrepreneur to be considered successful?

First we would have to consider the success of the company itself.  Does the company do what it is designed to do?  In the case of Survive-a-Storm Shelters, it most certainly does.  Survive-a-Storm Shelters began building and perfecting storm shelters so that the consumer, no matter their social status or class, can afford to provide protection for their families, both large and small.  The idea is to save as many lives as possible, and with sales and installations being performed all across America, it is safe to say that Survive-a-Storm Shelters is saving lives and is determined to keep moving forward.

When looking beyond the company walls of Survive-a-Storm Shelters, the next thing to look for is the diligence of the employees.  Do they believe in the company and have the tenacity to stay with a company who is always evolving and developing to lead the storm shelter community with the highest of standards and ethics?  You better know it!  From welders to installers to delivery drivers and even from accountants to salespeople to plant managers, there is a family presence that is felt strongly in not only the manufacturing plant, but in all of the locations combined.  Part of the secret is the love and respect for one another and their love of what they do.  The Survive-a-Storm team is more like family than co-workers who always seem to stay connected no matter which office they are working from.

Finally, the most important part of the equation in relation to being successful is, do they have a product or products that are worthy of their success.  And for Survive-a-Storm Shelters, the answer is a resounding Y E S.  Survive-a-Storm Shelters uses the highest quality American-made steel that goes through a process of being cut, trimmed, welded, tested, powder coated and perfected to make sure that consumers are completely satisfied with their tornado safe rooms.  The standards to which Survive-a-Storm Shelters adheres to are the highest in the industry and are constantly being tested to make sure their tornado safe rooms, both above and below ground, can withstand even the most devastating tornadoes.

Survive-a-Storm Shelters prides itself on being a storm shelter industry leader, not only for the growth of the company, but also for the respect that they command among their peers.  The ability to grow a team of employees who love the company as well as what Survive-a-Storm stands for is unique and worthy of acknowledgement.  But mostly, the products that are being built and offered are the true genius of Survive-a-Storm Shelters.  Through any EF5 tornado, Survive-a-Storm Shelters stand tall and persevere, much like the citizens of Oklahoma.

For more information about Survive-a-Storm products, look us up on the web at or give one of the storm shelter experts a call at 1-888-360-1492.

Millions of Dollars Awarded in Grants for Storm Shelters in Oklahoma

Oklahoma was plagued by horrific tornadoes last May that left many people homeless, injured and hopeless. However, the American Red Cross is awarding millions of dollars in new grants for storm shelters in Oklahoma where homeowners were affected so they can install new storm shelters. Over 18 counties in the state accumulated billions of dollars in damage and the recovery efforts couldn’t come at a better time.


August 21, 2014

Storm Shelters: We’ve Come a Long Way, Baby!

We all remember that famous storm scene in one of the most famous movies of all-time, The Wizard of Oz, where Auntie Em and Uncle Henry are gathering everyone into their storm cellar as the mighty twister starts bearing down on their family’s idyllic Kansas farm.  I have watched this scene countless times and always have the same question run through my brain…”Wonder what the inside of that storm shelter looked like?”  Being that the iconic film was from 1938 the answer is probably quite simple: not very fancy!


August 19, 2014

FEMA Compliant: How Safe is Your Safe Room?

FEMA logo

The term “FEMA compliant” in the world of storm shelters and tornado safe rooms is an extremely important one, but what does it mean?  The term refers to a set of guidelines set forth by the federal government that serve as a pathway for design, construction, and operation criteria for both community and residential safe rooms and storm shelters that will provide near-absolute life saving protection during tornadic activity.  It provides guidance for architects, engineers, fabricators, local officials, emergency managers, and potential storm shelter/safe room owners about the design, construction, and operation of these structures in extreme wind and weather conditions.


August 15, 2014

Above Ground Safe Room: Is It the Right Choice for You?

Twister Pod tornado shelter

Survive-A-Storm’s Twister Pod

There are many options in the ever-evolving world of storm preparedness and storm shelters.  The decision that often causes the most confusion is whether you should use an above ground storm shelter or an underground storm shelter.  Here at Survive-A-Storm we manufacture both above and underground storm shelters, and we believe both types are equally safe places to shelter in the event of a tornado.


August 14, 2014

Concrete: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly Truth

This Below Ground Max is rated for 16 occupants.

This Below Ground Max is rated for 16 occupants.

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly Truth

Concrete: The Good—There is absolutely nothing wrong with creating structures with good, solid concrete, especially when it is mixed and poured correctly.  There are many uses for concrete, and some favorites include the making of swimming pools.  Everyone loves a refreshing swimming pool, right?  And as far as buildings go, concrete does serve its purpose.  Structures like bridges and homes and skyscrapers tend to last for many years without fault, especially with proper maintenance.  And as far as roadways are concerned, our cars prefer concrete to dirt or gravel any day.


Does Your Storm Shelter Meet FEMA Standards?

Oklahoma, sitting right in the heart of “Tornado Alley”, is a great state with unlimited perseverance and true grit.  While tornadoes are second nature to the residents of Oklahoma, finding ways to keep families safe from these devastating tornadoes remains a top priority.


Faraday Cage Effect

Here at Survive-a-Storm Shelters, we use steel to build our world-class storm shelters.  There are many reasons to use steel in manufacturing, but the main reason is simple:  strength. Our steel tornado shelters are stronger than their fiberglass and concrete counterparts.  One of the problems customers encounter with fiberglass and concrete is cracking.  Structural integrity is paramount during a storm, and a shelter with a crack is not the storm shelter that you want your family in during one.


ShelterMoore Grant Program


ShelterMoore Grant Program

ShelterMoore Grant Program


The spring of 2013 wielded a veracious tornado season, especially for Moore and Shawnee Oklahoma, where numerous tornadoes hit, reaching strengths to EF5 and leaving behind great devastation. More than twenty-four people died, and 377 were reported injured. This effect was similar to those of the tornadoes that ripped through this area back in 1999 and killing more than 50 people.


August 13, 2014

Moore Grant Program in Mustang, OK

The town of Mustang, Oklahoma, located in Canadian County, is definitely a very high-risk tornado area.  Located about 13 miles SW of Oklahoma City, the small community of Mustang has fallen victim to some very deadly tornadoes.  The largest tornado in the Mustang area was an F-5 in 1999 that caused 583 injuries and 36 deaths. Thankfully, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management (ODEM) has taken notice and relief is on the way.


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