- FACT: Since 1980, approximately 20,000 to 30,000
shelters have been built.
- FACT: According
to the Texas Tech University a properly built, tested, and installed saferoom is effective in 99.99% of all tornadoes,
including F5 tornadoes. This has been documented and proven.
Approximately 10,000 lives are saved each year due to shelters and emergency plans. Thirty six percent (36%)
of Americans do not have emergency preparedness plans.
On average, 80 deaths each year are directly attributed to the approxiate 1000 tornadoes reported.
- FACT: An average of ten tropical cyclones reaching storm strength with
six of these becoming hurricanes and two of those actually striking the coast of the U.S.
- FACT: Nationwide, hurricanes cause 60 injuries and an average of 17 deaths per year.
- FACT: Texas Tech University has been investigating
tornadoes and tornado damage for over 30 years. They have never once seen a slab with the proper footings and minimal
cement requirement (such as a home slab) lifted or moved. If air can not get under the slab, it can not lift the slab
- FACT: A common misconception
is that a heavy vehicle may be lifted by a tornado and thrown onto an above ground shelter destroying it. The fact is,
a very few are rolled at speeds that are less than 30 mph. According to the NOAA, which rates tornadoes for
the F scale rating, the reason the Oklahoma City Tornadoes of 1999 were rated an F5 was because they found two compact cars
that had been thrown over 1/4 mile away. This was an F5, but it did not throw 50 ton trucks and train.
Picture of tornado near St. Andrews State Park in Panama City, Florida