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Download 4Warn Me app

Mike Bennett - Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Posted 2 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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Mike Bennett - Monday, February 13, 2017
Posted 3 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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Shelters for Business, Mobile Home Parks, Apartments, and Organizations

Mike Bennett - Thursday, February 02, 2017
Posted 4 months ago

Joplin, MO

Attn: Businesses, mobile home parks , apartments, churches or organizations . Do you have a place for your tenants, employees or staff to seek protection from an approaching tornado? 

Enid Storm Shelters can provide storm shelters for your employees, staff or tenants. Once a storm shelter is designated for anything other than non-residential, FEMA regulations come into play. Our shelter design and installations have been engineered to conform to the ICC500 (2014) standards and FEMA P-361, Third Edition.

A great deal of the number of tornadoes occurs during the daylight and afternoon hours. The hours at which we are in the work place. So where can we go for protection? There is nothing more frightening than to be in the path of a tornado and have no place to go for protection. In my mind, it is the equivalency of being tied down to a train track with a freight train bearing down on you.

The same holds true to those who live in a mobile home. A mobile home is the worst place you can be during a tornado. A mobile home does not even require a direct hit by a tornado. The winds near a tornado are indeed enough to destroy a mobile home or any weak structure. Apartment buildings are also vulnerable. Especially the 2nd and or 3rd floors. Apartment buildings or mobile homes are no place to be with an approaching tornado.

So, is the answer to attempt to escape by getting into a car? The answer: A resounding NO! Your car is also the worst place to be. Why? A car is like a toy to a tornado. It can be picked up high in the air and then dropped. Or, it can be tossed or rolled for hundreds of feet. Tornadoes destroy cars. An attempted escape in a car can be thwarted by normal traffic or heavy traffic because other people are trying to do the same. And, what comes ahead of the tornado? Blinding rain and large hail which will only serve to slow you down and impede your escape.

So what is the most logical answer? Seek shelter in place as best you can and hope tragedy never comes? Or, have a storm shelter installed and be ready for it?

Enid Storm Shelters can provide free analysis and consultation for these type of shelters. A storm shelter is not only an investment into the lives of those who work for you, but can also have tax advantages for your company or organization.

Call Mike at 580-554-1900 or email me at mike@enidstormshelters.com

Mike Bennett

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