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Everything You Need To Know About Home Tornado Shelter Options

June 22 2020

At Valley Storm Shelters, we take pride in being the #1 home tornado shelter on the market. Part of it has to do with our commitment to offering only the best quality materials and constantly improving our engineering so that we remain the safest and most reliable. We also work closely with you, our valued customers, to make sure that every single detail of your home tornado shelter suits your needs and makes you feel safe.

Why A Garage Storm Shelter Is The Solution You Need

May 28 2020

You already know that Valley Storm Shelters is a leading designer and manufacturer in producing the most secure aboveground safe rooms and flush mount shelters. When it comes to your family, you don’t want to compromise your safety - especially if you live in an area with frequent storms and extreme weather. You never know when a storm is about to hit and you want to have a plan in place for when the worst happens. That’s why we think having a garage storm shelter certified by Valley Storm Shelters is the solution you need.

Eight Thing You Need In A Tornado Shelter

MAY 09 2020

When it comes to tornados and other extreme weather, it’s better to hope for the best while you prepare for the worst. That’s where a custom tornado shelter comes into play. Though you hope you never have to use it, having a tornado shelter built by Valley Storm Shelters in the case of an emergency will give you that peace of mind you need.

How To Decide If You Need A Storm Shelter Underground

April 6, 2020

When you decide to install a storm shelter at your home, you have the confidence to weather any storm. Safety tested storm shelters and even survival rooms provide an extra level of protection that you might not even think you need. But do you really need a storm shelter underground?

How To Be Prepared For A Tornado In Nashville Tennessee

March 12, 2020

In light of recent events in Nashville, we thought it would be important to discuss exactly how to be prepared for a tornado in Nashville, Tennessee and other areas that are considered high risk for extreme weather. It can be scary when a tornado strikes, because it can happen with little to no warning...

How To Keep Your Family Safe With A Panic Room

February 25, 2020

Most of us have seen the movie Panic Room, and hope that our families never have to go through something like that. Maybe you’re wondering though if a panic room can really help keep your family safe...

How To Stay Safe In A Severe Storm in Alabama

February 7, 2020

Do you live in the Alabama area? If you live in Birmingham, Mobile, Lake Martin, Dothan, Huntsville, Florence, or anywhere in between, then you’re probably used to the sometimes extreme weather changes...

How Do You Keep Safe In Extreme Weather?

January 2, 2020

Extreme weather can be really scary for you and your family - if you don’t have a safety plan in place. Chances are, even if you do live in the heart of a tornado area...

What Is A Severe Weather Warning? Your Guide

October 1, 2019

Do you live in an area like Alabama or Florida and are at risk of severe weather every once in a while? We’re betting that you’ll want to be prepared.

What To Do When A Tornado Warning Is Issued In Your Area

If you live in a high risk area for tornadoes, it is imperative that you have a safety plan in place. However, it’s important to know that tornadoes can happen anytime, anywhere, and sometimes without a lot of warning. Make sure you and your family know what to do when a tornado warning is issued in your area. Here we go over a few tips to help you feel more prepared.

Is it safer above ground? Your family’s safe place matters

Tornado season is upon us and during this time it is encouraged people prepare a safety plan in case of a weather emergency. In reviewing your safety plan, do you have a safe place for your loved ones and pets in a dire situation? Many have relied on underground shelters to take shelter when the conditions prove necessary. Are these the safest choices for the best protection from a possible tragedy? With modern technology, above-ground safe rooms have become a smarter choice for families.

A safe room is a hardened structure specifically designed to meet Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) criteria and provide life-safety protection in extreme wind events, including tornadoes and hurricanes. According to FEMA, “above-ground safe rooms are …

Emergency Preparedness Checklist: 7 Items to Have in Your Storm Shelter

With an average of 1,200 tornadoes touching down in the United States every year, equipping your home with the full spectrum of safety measures is imperative. These precautions, however, do not end with the installation of an above ground storm shelter. Once your tornado shelter is in place, be sure to stock the structure with the following items.

Radio

Keep a battery-powered radio on hand to keep updated on the storm’s projection. Listening for weather alerts will inform you on how long to remain in your storm shelter.
Flashlights

A tornado could easily cause a power outage. Keeping multiple flashlights around, including a hand crank model will keep you out of the …

Top Considerations for Buying a Storm Shelter

It’s important to always be prepared, especially when it comes to serious weather conditions like tornadoes. Installing an above ground storm shelter will not only give you peace of mind for when disaster strikes, it could help save your life. For that reason alone, it’s vital to invest in only the highest quality tornado shelters you can find. Here are some considerations to bear in mind as you shop around for storm shelters.
Testing and Certification
Make sure that the company you work with goes through a rigorous testing procedure for each of their shelter models. You can tell if the builders are certified if they have established associations with independent organizations, such …

U.S. Tornado Destruction By the Numbers

There are 1,200 tornadoes in the U.S. every year on average, but in recent years they have been clustering far more often than usual. In the Southeastern states especially, tornado clusters have been extremely destructive and have caused multiple deaths and injuries just in recent months.

If you live in Tornado Alley or Southeastern states, you’ve surely seen the destruction firsthand and know how quickly these cyclones can appear.

Here’s some quantifiable data to show just how bad these storms can be:

On average, there’s only a 13-minute warning time before a tornado strikes. The can strike at any time, anywhere, as long as the …

Tornado Clusters on the Rise in the Southeastern United States

A single tornado can damage a mile-wide area for nearly 50 miles, which can be devastating to any person, animal, or building it its path. But tornado outbreaks, like the ones that struck the Southeast at the end of November, can wreak havoc on an even wider scale.

Over the course of just two days, at least three dozen tornadoes struck the states of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Florida. So far, there have been seven confirmed deaths due to these tornadoes. Scientists and meteorologists have taken note of larger, more frequent clusters in recent years, but are not sure what the causes are.

Scientists have noted …

8 Warning Signs that a Tornado May be Underway

We’re living through that brief moment when hurricane season and tornado season overlap, which means that residents in the midwestern and southeastern areas of the U.S. need to be especially cautious.

When a tornado comes, there is often little time to lose. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says that the average tornado warning airs just 13 minutes in advance. Unlike hurricanes, tornadoes are much more sporadic and unpredictable.

Emerging from powerful thunderstorms, tornadoes can come and go in seconds, leaving serious devastation behind them. While it’s common to think that tornadoes only happen in tornado alley, every state is potentially at risk of tornadoes.

One of they keys to being prepared for …

3 Situations When You’ll Wish You Had an Above Ground Storm Shelter

If you live in tornado alley, you’re no stranger to the devastating winds that can sweep through your property in a matter of seconds. Although standard tornado shelters are underground, which makes sense as tornado winds are less likely to penetrate your basement, these shelters can still experience damage from the structures above. If the house collapses or suffers damage, that’s bad news for anyone seeking safety in the storm shelter below.

While above ground storm shelters may not seem like the safest options, rest assured, new technologies and building constraints have allowed manufacturers to create both indoor and outdoor above ground storm shelters that can resist harsh conditions.

Plus, in …

TEDx: Why Storm Shelters Do Not Have to Be Underground Anymore

Popular opinion in many parts of the country is that when a tornado is bearing down on a community, the only safe place to take shelter is below ground. Joseph has found that this flies in the face of 15 years of research done at Texas Tech University’s National Wind Institute investigating the safety of above-ground storm shelters. He discusses findings from the Moore, OK, tragedy as well as several additional benefits of above-ground shelters. In addition, he shows video of TTU’s Debris Impact Facility firing 15-pound, 2″ by 4″ wood beams at 100 mph to show what tornado debris can do to a normal home and how a storm shelter keeps occupants safe.

Valley Storm Shelters Featured on the Rick & Bubba Show

Valley Storm Shelters was recently featured on the Rick & Bubba show. Watch as Rick and Bubba put a storm shelter through a series of tests while their producer, Speedie, sits inside.

Oklahoma tornadoes: Aboveground shelters stood up in face of EF5 Moore tornado

Researchers who toured Moore after the May 20 tornado said above ground storm shelters held up well in the storm and can be a better choice than underground storm cellars.

Part of the terror of an EF5 tornado like the one that hit Moore on May 20 is the notion that nothing above ground can survive a direct hit and the 200 mph winds that rip homes off foundations.

But that’s not exactly true. Above ground 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 …

What Are Saferooms

Saferooms are hardened structures specifically designed to meet the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) criteria and provide “near-absolute protection” in extreme weather events, including tornadoes and hurricanes.  In a typical resident installation the saferooms are anchored to the garage concrete slab or a concrete slab outside of the home.

Accordingly “FEMA strongly encourages homeowners and communities to build safe rooms, but cannot endorse or approve specific manufacturers or producers.” Saferooms manufactured by Valley Storm Shelters™ are among the strongest on the market. Each saferoom uses 1/4 inch steel plate (10.2 lbs per square foot) and 4” C- channel (5.4 lbs per linear foot) to construct our shelter. The C-channel …

Storm Shelter – Direct Hit

We conducted our own field test which we called “direct hit” in front of 80 spectators including the president of the Better Business Bureau, local building inspectors, and Emergency Management Personal as well as local media and other special guests. “direct hit” was a live, unrehearsed demonstration of our steel above ground storm shelter sustaining various types of assaults which could occur during an EF-5 tornado or intruder event.

What is the Best Storm Shelter

Here is what the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration of the Department of Commerce has to say about it:

“There’s no one authority to tell you what the best storm shelter is, nor can the federal government endorse a specific type of storm shelter as being ‘the best.’ However, safety standards for storm shelters and shelter components have been established by the Federal Emergency Management Agency to ensure that you will be protected in most tornadoes, while the National Storm Shelter Association has also established a shelter standard. The Wind Science and Engineering Research Center at Texas Tech University performs tests on shelters and various shelter components to see if they meet …