Community Emergency Management Officials Seek Affordable Community Storm Shelter Solutions
Thomasville, GA (PRWEB) August 07, 2011
Survive-a-Storm Shelters has been fielding calls recently from county emergency managers throughout Tornado Alley. According to company spokesman Matt Williams, "We have seen a definite rise in interest surrounding our underground community storm shelters. There are very few companies in the United States that have the ability to construct large underground storm shelters, and Survive-a-Storm Shelters is ideally positioned to meet this need."
According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA), there have been 536 deaths from tornadoes in the United States this year, making it the deadliest tornado season since 1936--making it the 6th deadliest tornado season in U.S. history. According to NOAA there have been 1,475 tornadoes so far this year. The overall yearly average number of tornadoes for the past decade is 1,274.
Whatever the cause for this increase in tornado activity, emergency managers have begun to reassess their preparedness for tornadoes, and many communities have come to the conclusion that they must take steps to increase their sheltering capacity. FEMA's Hazard Mitigation Grant Program is helping these communities to become better prepared providing funding assistance to qualified programs.
According to Matthew Batson, Survive-a-Storm Vice President of Sales, "We offer a wide range of underground and above ground community storm shelter options from 16 person shelters to 96+ person shelters complete with multiple means of ingress and egress, handicap accessible entry points, and even running water and restroom facilities. Our process is to work with local community emergency management officials to develop custom solutions that are functional, durable, and cost effective."
Survive-a-Storm Shelters management team has been crisscrossing the United States meeting with community leaders and emergency management officials, and the demand to increase as grant applications are approved. Emergency management officials interested in receiving more information about Survive-a-Storm Shelters may contact Matt Williams at 229-226-0911.
Survive-a-Storm Shelters is a division of Harbor Homes, LLC--a major FEMA supplier with a current, active $153 million contract with the federal government to construct disaster housing in the event of another major natural disaster. Survive-a-Storm Shelters operates through a growing network of dealers in Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Arkansas, and Missouri.