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QUALITY MATTERS

Mike Bennett - Monday, June 12, 2017
Posted 3 months ago

QUALITY MATTERS

When purchasing a storm shelter, there are several things you need to consider. Not all shelters are created equal so to speak. A few months ago, I wrote a blog titled “Buyer Beware”. That blog covered things such as hidden charges, trip charges, out of state companies moving in after a disaster and then moving out, just to mention a few of the topics.

This blog deals more with the quality of the shelter itself and the installation. Enid Storm Shelters purchases their shelters from a company in Oklahoma that has been in business since 1954. A company who is beginning their 4th generation as a family owned company. They have built and installed more than 75,000 storm shelters in Oklahoma, Kansas, Texas, Missouri, and Arkansas and a few other states. Enid Storm Shelters could not be backed by a better company and we are proud to be associated with them as they have earned our total confidence.

When you are investing money into a storm shelter you need to know that your investment is going to last, that your family is protected, and that your storm shelter is going to add value to your home. These are the things we talk about when we visit a family’s home to discuss installing a shelter. Free in- home consultations is one thing that sets us apart. We will gladly visit your home to help you decide what type and size of shelter best suits your family and property. Other companies expect you to figure this out for yourself and order your shelter over the phone.

I could write a small book on the specific features of our shelters. Not to mention, the manufacturing quality, quality of material, and quality of the manufacturing processes and installation processes of the shelters offered by Enid Storm Shelters. These are things better left explained in person during an in- home visit. O you can see for yourself by reviewing our website. You can also read the many positive reviews we have received on our Facebook page. We invite you to check us out at the Better Business Bureau where we have been accredited with an A+ Rating, largely due to not having any complaints filed. It is advisable to check any company you are considering. It is also largely due to the company that builds our shelters. Now granted, our manufacturer is not perfect and neither are we. When a company has built and installed as many as 75,000 shelters, they are going to occasionally make a mistake. It is our experience that the mistakes are few and far between. But, when they do make one they are quick to correct and make up for that mistake. Customer satisfaction is the best and cheapest advertising in the world, and so customer satisfaction is our number one goal.

And last, but not least is the testing. It is very important that any shelter you are purchasing has been engineered and impact tested to withstand EF5 winds. . Part of this process is testing the door. You have a right to ask to see the engineering documents with the Engineers stamp.

Quality really does matter. And often, you get what you pay for. If you think you are getting a real bargain, it could be cause to wonder if the company is cutting corners somewhere.

Enid Storm Shelters is a locally owned and operated business specializing in personal service and customer satisfaction. We strive to be different by offering personal, no hassle and no pressure in-home consultation with no hidden service or trip fees. We hope to earn your trust.

Mike Bennett


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Download 4Warn Me app

Mike Bennett - Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Posted 6 months ago



In the last few days I have had conversations with several customers and became aware of something I thought would be a worthy topic.

I visited with a gentleman I will call Bob (not his real name), who told me he was at home watching TV when his town was placed in a tornado warning. It was well after dark, in the 10 o'clock hour. Bob, not having a storm shelter for his family to seek protection, decided to leave his home and attempt to drive away from the approaching tornado. He traveled north out of town on a blacktop. What he did not realize is, he was driving right into the projected path of the tornado. He was lucky enough to see it in a field just to his west during a flash of lightning. Bob stopped and turned around and thus was able to avoid it. The situation could have been much different and could have ended tragically, if not for a lucky lightning flash.

It happened to be Medford,OK on April 30, 2012. I had been chasing that storm for KFOR-TV beginning 8 miles west of Jet, OK. This storm produced several tornadoes that day before it even reached Medford. It produced a tornado again just southwest of town and stayed on the ground traveling north toward Highway 11, just barely missing the western edge of town. By the way, Bob lives on the farthest west edge of town. After it moved past the city it turned and began moving northeast and passed just to the north of Medford.

This is only one example of the stories I have heard over the years.

Getting in your car with an approaching tornado is not a good idea for several reasons, and I have written on this subject in other blogs. In short, automobiles are no match for a tornado of any size or strength. However, I am a realist and know some people are going to do it anyway. When you get in your car, it means you are leaving your TV and source of information. When you get into your storm shelter the same is true.

I have a viable option. If you own a Smartphone, Android, or I-pad, you can have the same information you receive from your television on your phone or I-pad. All you need to do is download a FREE app. The one I recommend is the 4Warn Me app available in the app store. This is a link to the 4Warn Me and KFOR App Center. http://kfor.com/weather/app-center/

With this app you will be able to watch live video streaming of all KFOR-TV newscasts and breaking weather and news events.

You can track severe storms in your neighborhood, receive severe weather alerts and view high resolution radar. You can also track earthquakes, lightning and projected storm paths. If you have an internet connection you can have TV in your car or storm shelter.

This is a free service to keep you informed of severe weather and hopefully keep you safer. Download it for free before the next storm threatens your city.

Mike Bennett



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PERSONAL SERVICE

Mike Bennett - Monday, February 13, 2017
Posted 7 months ago

 

What makes Enid Storm Shelters different? Our personal service makes us different.

We prefer to come to your home whenever possible when you are interested in installing a storm shelter. Many of the calls we receive from customers can go one of two ways. Such as “We are not sure what type of shelter we want, but we want one.” Or, “We know what we want, can you install it there? “ Not easy questions to answer over the phone.

We do not expect you to make a major purchase like this over the phone. First of all, there are usually too many unknowns. Some of the installation equipment is large and we need to determine if we have access to the location you would like your storm shelter to be.

Second, our safe rooms are custom built to fit our customer’s needs. We will come to your home to take down some measurements and build the safe room specifically for the customer.

Third, with our personal service and expertise we can offer advice on shelter selection, size, location, and other options. Enid Storm Shelters does not give estimates. We give quotes so you know exactly what the shelter cost will be on the day of installation, with no hidden charges.

It has happened many times when I arrive at a customer’s home, the customer had an idea of what type of shelter they wanted. Because of many different circumstances, the idea of what they were considering may or may not be possible. That is why, with personal service, we can help provide the customer with other options and sometimes the new option is more viable than the original idea. 

We take pride in ourselves with the personal service we provide and have had great success with this philosophy. And, the best thing of all, the personal service is free even if you don’t make a purchase.

Enid Storm Shelters is fully insured and has become accredited with the Better Business Bureau receiving an A+Rating.

If you have been considering installing a storm shelter, we invite you to call us at 580-554-1900 or contact us through our website at www.enidstormshelters.com.

Mike Bennett

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