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Tornado Safe Room Vs Underground Storm Shelters

With as great a product as the underground Lifesaver storm shelter is, why would we now be promoting another storm shelter/safe room product?

Great question.

Lifesaver storm shelter

First of all, if you’re searching for a product that can keep you safe from severe weather underground, the Lifesaver Storm Shelter is exactly the underground shelter you’re looking for.  It exceeds all FEMA guidelines and has a lifetime warranty so you know it’s safe; it’s comfortable and clean on the inside thanks to it’s fiberglass build and brilliant-white epoxy gel coating; it’s flat and doesn’t stick out in your yard like a sore thumb like some other storm shelters; it’s easy to open, get in and secure and it’s also very affordable, starting at $3,500 for our LS-4 Lifesaver storm shelter INSTALLED!

So you can’t go wrong in choosing one of our Lifesaver underground storm shelters for sale.

But what if you’d prefer to be in a storm shelter above ground?  What if you have some extra space in your garage suitable for a sturdy, solid, steel tornado safe room?

  • What if you have difficulty moving around or have a wheelchair, walker or cain that you rely on?
  • What if in addition to providing protection and shelter from the storm for you and your family (from a Huntsville tornado or a Tennessee tornado for example), you’d also like to store your valuables and important possessions?
  • What if you’d like the option to have protection from fire, theft or even bullets?

tornado safe room

If any of these scenarios have run through your head, perhaps you should also look into one of our All Weather Safe Rooms (which happen to be primarily designed as a tornado room or tornado safe room, also exceeding FEMA guidelines and testing requirements).

You see, an above ground safe room is like a big safe AND a storm shelter all in one.  For the majority of the time you can store your guns, weapons, precious metals, jewelry, family heirlooms, important documents and computer data, etc to protect them from burglers, bullets and fire.  However, when severe weather approaches and your [email protected] custom alert service notifies you that a storm is headed directly toward your home, YOU can also take shelter from the storm in your safe room (enter your information into the form on the top right of this page to get [email protected] for FREE as a visitor to our website).

tornado safe room

This tornado safe room can be installed as a hidden room as well (for new construction homes) where most people will not even know about it, hidden behind a fake wall or door.  Most installations however are done after the home has been completed (requires a slab foundation for anchoring the tornado safe room to your foundation and enough access to place the safe room in it’s place to be installed).  For this reason, we install most safe rooms in the garage or even on the back concrete porch if there’s too little room in the garage (safe rooms start at 4 feet by 4 feet by 8 feet tall – visit our tornado safe room page for full details).

Some of our customers who desire extra protection and peace of mind have chosen to even install both an underground shelter with one of our All Weather tornado safe rooms over the entrances to their underground storm shelters.  Now, as far as protection from severe weather like tornadoes, this is overkill.  One or the other would protect you from a storm.  But if you wanted the additional space underground and the advantage of being protected from bullets and fire and having a place to store your valuables, you’ve got it all in one place.  Again, for most people this is not necessary, but it something we can do if you like (see photos below).

storm shelters safe rooms

To learn more about our tornado room or tornado safe room, the All Weather Safe Rooms, just click on the following link to learn how they can keep your family safe today: Tornado Safe Room

Huntsville Tornadoes – April Makes 22 Years of Nerves Sensitive

22 Years Later, We Won’t Forget That Huntsville Tornado

Huntsville tornadoIt was the afternoon drive on November 15, 1989, as traffic backed up on Airport Road.  Unbeknownst to those sitting in their cars while facing east, an F-4 Huntsville tornado was bearing down on them.  Residents of South Huntsville along with owners and their employees were facing another business as usual day on a day that just felt eerie.

November was not supposed to be that warm, sticky, breezy.  Thousands who left for work that afternoon remember the air just felt funny.

The weather warning industry still had a LONG way to go.  Doppler Radars were just being installed around the country.  The National Weather Service did not have the warning technology they have today.

And there it was.  A “Severe Thunderstorm Warning” that included much of Madison County, in the midst of a Huntsville Tornado Watch.  But for all who remember being near Airport Rd. that day, it was a storm that came without warning.

21 souls lost.  500+ injured.  Hundreds of thousands of nerves made forever sensitive.  And thanks to the hundreds of our friends and families either killed, injured, or rattled by the tornadoes of April 27, the would will never close, as another opens.

Every time North Alabama residents hear the voice on the other end of their WeatherCall regarding a potential Huntsville tornado, pulses race…

…a Tornado Warning for your immediate area.  The sirens whine, and that old familiar feeling in the pit of your stomach starts again.

Today we remember, but today we must also act.  Since that day, the National Weather Service has not missed a tornado of that magnitude thanks to amazing warning technology.  The warnings are better than ever before, though in many cases, more frequent because of that very technology.  The weather vendors around the nation are clamoring for the pocket books of any company willing look ahead to the next tornado disaster, frequently over-charging for their services, driving thousands of companies who want protection out of of the marketplace.

If you are looking for the most afforable, highest quality emergency weather notification system in the nation, look no further than WeatherCall Enterprise.  An outgrowth of the wildly popular and proven life-saving WeatherCall product offered by 80 TV stations across the nation, WeatherCall Enterprise takes the exactness of NWS storm specific warnings, and creates a 24/7 automated monitoring and notification system that provides safety at a never before seen price-point.

Why?  To allow companies who feel overwarned and underserved by traditional warning systems or overcharged by traditional notification companies a choice to keep their employees safer and their business operations more predictably smooth.

While you are here, take time to leave your contact information and take home a year of WeatherCall @Home free.  Contact me, former WAAY-31 Chief Meteorologist Brad Huffines, about WeatherCall Enterprise, and what it can do for your business, and how affordable peace of mind and OSHA compliance really is.  You can find me at 256-444-1234, or by email at [email protected].

Consider an underground shelter or safe room from Huntsville Tornado Shelters.com

From 4 to 20 person shelter capacities, you will be surprised how affordable they really are, especially for your business (community safe rooms for 50 or even 100 people also available there, as well as above ground safe rooms).

Thanks to the NWS technology, WeatherCall, and modern communications devices, larger tornadoes will seldom surprise again.  So the next time a Tennessee Valley or Huntsville tornado threatens, and they will… you will be prepared, and with a storm shelter, you will have a place to go.

Remain Safe by Planning to BE Safe.

Brad Huffines, Meteorologist, WeatherCall National Notification Consultant, FEMA EMI Contract Instructor

It’s Been 6 Months Since the April 27th Huntsville Tornado

April 27 Huntsville Tornadoes – So Many But So Few Words

Huntsville Tornado damageFolks, I have so few words and so many emotions this morning.

After speaking with Danny Holmes again yesterday, and after reading more emails from people in Hackleburg and Phil Campbell, AL, and NOW looking back at some of the Huntsville tornado coverage from April 27, 2011…

  • when over 40 tornadoes touched down in an 11 county area in North Alabama;
  • when over 230,000 phone calls were made by WeatherCall, and over 156,000 delivered messages to home phones and cell phones;
  • when many more hundreds of thousands of text messages and emails were sent out by WeatherCall;
  • when over 150 of our friends and neighbors lives were ended;
  • When our lives were all changed that day;
  • when we went from knowing NO ONE who had ever lost their entire house to a tornado to knowing 10 to 20 people;
  • when meteorologists, first responders, treating doctors and nurses, and social workers, dropped to their knees after emotional exhaustion set in dropping them to their knees in helplessness, we all lost what was left of our deniability and weather innocence.

To those Huntsville tornado survivors, who cannot get the sound of losing all they have, in some cases, family and friends, I pray for you today.

To those who lost friends and loved ones that day and the days after, when lingering lives were taken away, I pray for you today.

To the first responders and to the National Weather Service, who did ALL THEY COULD that day, days leading up, and days after, I pray for you.

To all who’s innocence was stripped to nothing that day, I pray for you.

If you can afford it, get a Storm Shelter.  If you cannot afford a storm shelter or safe room, talk to friends and neighbors, and go in together on a big one (like an LS-20 underground storm shelter).  Most importantly, sign-up for WeatherCall (for free at huntsvilletornadoshelters.com when you leave your email address or just look to the right of this page if you’re already on the site) and learn to depend on it.

Remember, share, volunteer, love.

Brad Huffines – Meteorologist, National Notification Consultant, WeatherCall

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> Ever wanted to know WHY Brad has left television, what his passions are and what drives him?  Watch The WeatherCall Effect & Huntsville Tornadoes – The Brad Huffines Story

So Ya Wanna Be a Storm Spotter…

Get Trained, Be Prepared To Spot Huntsville Tornadoes

When the Fall Severe Weather starts up again, which it will and always does, you need to know when to be prepared for the worst. But preparing yourself is only part of the battle.  Having WeatherCall and a Lifesaver Storm Shelter is only part of the battle.

Huntsville tornado

National Weather Service SkyWarn

The fact that you are reading this blog shows you have an interest in weather and protecting yourself from the dangerous effects of thunderstorms, lightning, tornadoes, and damaging winds.  Remember, it was November of 1989 when a Huntsville tornado

CLICK HERE TO SEE THE NWS-Huntsville’s Storm Spotter Training Schedule

CLICK HERE TO GO YOU YOUR LOCAL NWS OFFICE’S HOME PAGE and find their Storm Spotter Training Schedule

And for many, having an underground shelter or safe room is great, but knowing when to take shelter from the storm is of utmost importance. Not all thunderstorms are the same and certainly there are an almost infinite numbers of ways tornadoes can look, mask themselves, or even imitate other cloud types.

By going to one of the NWS Spotter Training classes, you can learn how to spot the tornado lookalikes, and learn how to report the information you see with your own eyes. Frequently, it is a report about a Huntsville tornado from someone like you that either keeps the NWS from issuing an unnecessary warning, or gives the forecaster that vital information to activate a warning, activating WeatherCall’s Life-Saving notifications, and telling people to seek their safe place, safe room, or storm shelter.

So take the time to find a Spotter Training near you and go learn to contribute to the warnings process. It could save your life and the lives of hundreds of others.

Brad Huffines – Meteorologist
National Notification Consultant
WeatherCall @Home, Enterprise, Mobile, Lightning
Contract Instructor
DHS-FEMA Emergency Management Institute

PS> Visit Huntsville Tornado Shelters’ facebook page to learn how you can keep you and your family safe from severe weather with a complimentary one-year subscription to [email protected]: http://HuntsvilleTornadoShelters.com/facebook

Lifesaver Storm Shelters and WeatherCall Team Up to Save Lives

 Storm Shelters & WeatherCall – A Perfect Match

Lifesaver Storm Shelters of North Alabama is teaming up with the nation’s #1 emergency weather notification service, WeatherCall, through Huntsville Tornado Shelters.com in an effort to help keep more people safe, helping more people get shelter from the storm, as in the next Huntsville tornado. WeatherCall has already made over 6 MILLION phone calls and delivered millions of text messages and emails to its hundreds of thousands of subscribers nationwide since its launch in 2008, literally saving the lives of countless families and individuals.

“Everyone who has a storm shelter needs to know when to take shelter from the storm, and everyone who has WeatherCall needs to have a place to go to assure their safety”

Because of the life-saving nature of storm shelters and emergency notification phone calls,  Huntsville Tornado Shelters.com and WeatherCall have teamed up to provide a unified and powerful force in tornado safety that is thriving in the Tennessee Valley and across the Southeast.  This partnership will provide unparalleled safety and certainty to our current and future customers by not only ensuring accurate and precise address-based custom weather alerts so there’s no wasted time, energy or stress trying to figure out where the storm is or how severe it is, but also ensuring that when the time comes to take shelter from the storm, our customers will have peace of mind with our lab-engineered and real-world tested top-of-the-line underground storm shelters, knowing they’ll be safe and comfortable until the severe weather passes.  When the time comes, there will be no second-guessing; our customers will know where to go.

storm sheltersWeatherCall is an ADDRESS SPECIFIC notification service that will actually call you with a weather warning when your specific address is placed within a National Weather Service defined tornado, Severe Thunderstorm or Flash Flood Warning (when your home is inside one of those red polygons on the radar map). That phone call has a history of saving lives in the years since WeatherCall was launched.

Huntsville Tornado SheltersHuntsville Tornado Shelters.com has six different underground shelters available, all certified and tested to exceed FEMA 320 standards, for anywhere between 4 and 20 persons. These high-quality storm shelters have proven their durability, reliability and safety as evidenced by these photos taken after an EF-5 swept through this property.

Everyone deserves to have somewhere safe to go in the event of severe weather like a Huntsville tornado, so with that in mind Lifesaver storm shelters of North Alabama has made these underground shelters and safe rooms as affordable as possible – a 4-person shelter installed for as little as $3,500 for example (credit cards accepted and financing is available for qualified purchasers as well).

How to Schedule a Free Personal Lifesaver Storm Shelter Viewing & Receive Free [email protected]

When you leave your name, phone and email in the form to the right of this page, Lifesaver Storm Shelters of North Alabama will contact you to arrange a viewing of one of their premier underground shelters at your home or business with no obligation or cost to you.  Also, as our way of saying thanks for visiting Huntsville Tornado Shelters.com, we’ll give you access to WeatherCall @Home for free for an entire year – just fill out that form to the right.

In that email, you’ll also see a few powerful testimonials from real people with real stories about how weathercallsaved their lives. We believe that everyone who has a storm shelter needs to know when to take shelter from the storm, and everyone who has WeatherCall needs to have a place to go to assure their safety.

Please don’t overlook this amazing tool. Especially since through Lifesaver Storm Shelters of North Alabama, and Huntsville Tornado Shelters.com, you receive your first year of WeatherCall @Home for free. Make sure to take advantage of this life-saving service. It honestly could, literally could, help you save your own life.

Thank you for visiting!

 

Brad Huffines

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brad Huffines – Meteorologist
National Notification Consultant

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