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Sooner Safe – Safe Room Rebate Program

Did you know there is a rebate program, called Sooner Safe, for installation of a storm shelter in your home?

Oklahoma has a little known, Safe Room Rebate Program called Sooner Safe. The Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management holds the yearly lottery for Oklahoma citizens. The lottery is a random selection process to select names for a maximum rebate of $2,000 for the installation of a safe room (aka storm shelter). Safe rooms, as outlined in the rebate program, is any above or below ground shelter that exceeds FEMA 320 guidelines. And while the selection is a random drawing, homeowners who have lost their homes during previous tornados will be listed as high priority.

There are guidelines for the rebate, and OKC Shelters builds a complete line of storm shelters to satisfy these guidelines. From underground garage shelters and concrete safe rooms to above ground steel safe rooms, we offer products and services that are taking storm safety and protection into the future. Our below ground shelters are available in four sizes with a sloped front or flat top to fit a variety of spaces.

Storm shelters have been proven to save lives. Studies show that a storm shelter can survive winds as high as 250 miles per hour (Source: FEMA Publication 320).

So, don’t wait until tornado season is here to protect your loved ones with an in-ground or above-ground storm shelter.

Follow this link for more information: https://www.ok.gov/OEM/Programs_&_Services/Sooner_Safe_Saferoom_Rebate_Program/Rules_&_Regulations.html

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Are Storm Shelters Important?

Hear from the Storm Shelter Experts

Having a storm shelter for your family is important. Safety should always come first especially during these
Propane Tanks Lined Up in front of debris from a destructive tortimes when a tornado or a storm could hit at any time. Being prepared will help you easily survive a storm or a tornado, but it also takes some time and effort. Building a storm shelter is the best way you can ensure the safety of your family. There are different kinds of storm shelters, but they all serve the same purpose. Depending on where you are building a shelter, the design will be different, and it will cost you a different amount of money and time for each design. If you want to build an adequate shelter that will not fail you when the storm hits, it is good that you get information about where you are living and the weather patterns of the place. You might be building a shelter that cannot stand the kind of storms that place experience or you might be spending too much time and money on a shelter that is not worth it.

After getting all the information you need, go ahead and decide the location of the shelter. Make sure the location is tested and certified before you go on and start building the shelter. Whether it is an underground shelter or a basement or even an exterior room, get it checked, tested and certified. In the USA there is the American Tornado Shelter Association that is a non-profit organization that provides the standards for storm and tornado shelters manufacturing.

After you get your location checked and verified, go ahead and build your shelter depending on the weather and all the other factors you may consider. After you are done building, make sure your shelter is equipped. The shelter should be equipped because, in the case of an emergency, there will be no time to bring all the necessary items to help you survive a storm or a tornado. You don’t even know how long it will last so you better have enough supplies.

There are companies that design and build storm shelters customized to fit your taste and preferences. Remember the shelter you are building is your safe room when the storm comes. Make sure that you don’t build a safe room that will fail you when you need it most. After building a storm shelter or a safe room, make sure you get a professional to test your shelter before the storm comes. It is good to get a company design and build your storm shelter to minimize the risks of failure. Don’t play games with the lives of your family.

The good thing with getting a company build a storm shelter for you is they will make sure all the materials they use are strong enough, and they have certified professionals to reinforce the shelter. Their shelters also go through rigorous testing by 6 firms like Texas Wind Science and Engineering Research Center. Here, they make sure the company delivers a good product to you, and they don’t joke around with your life.

Get ready for the storm by building yourself a shelter. It might seem like wastage of time or money but trust me; it can save your family’s lives.

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What Storm Shelter Clients Say About Our Recent Shelter Installations

At Preferred Storm Shelters OKC,  we love our clients, and do all we can to do the best installation job for them. It’s very fulfilling to have clients love our work and give great feedback on our Preferred Storm Shelters Google Reviews page. Our storm shelter clients keep referring their friends and family because of their experience with our team. Without wasting time, here are some of the latest storm shelter reviews about our work:

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Top 4 Reasons That Keep Homeowners From Installing A Storm Shelter

Storm Shelter Roadblocks

All of us must have heard, seen, or experienced the damages, losses, and heartaches that come with storms.in-garage storm shelter These storms are the likes of Tornados and Hurricanes. They cause extensive damages and deaths whenever they hit. Regardless of this knowledge, many people still have not installed storm shelters. They have always found one reason or the other not to have the storm shelters installed. We have listed below five reasons why people do not install storm shelters, and how to overcome those reasons to give your family safety and comfort.

Finances

Most people have not installed storm shelters in their homes or businesses due to lack of funds. However, sourcing funds from various institutions can overcome this reason. At Preferred Storm Shelters OKC provide links to financing applications on our websites for a couple of financial institutions offering competitive rates on storm shelter loans. You may also call us, and we shall provide you with their contacts information or other facilities as well. We also accept credit cards from reputable companies such as Visa, Discover, Mastercard, and American Express.    

Lack of knowledge

The majority of the people do not know where to start when it comes to choosing and installation of storm shelters in their homes or businesses. If you do not know the last thing about storm shelters, then you need to learn. Visit our website we have plenty of information on the types, models how to and procedures for installation. You can also call us, and we shall take you through all the things that you need to know for your storm shelters.

FEMA approved storm installation companies

You might not have installed your storm shelter yet probably because you do not know whom to go to and who is or is not FEMA approved. All of our shelters and safe rooms always meet and even exceed FEMA standards. We have the published set of standards in FEMA Publication P-320 and P-361 that have been derived from the international code council’s ICC 500 concerning minimum standards for storm shelters and safe rooms. We also have Engineer stamped plans, for multiple states across the USA, to show that all of our storm shelter units meet or even exceed the FEMA standards. Our storm shelters have also been impact tested and certified. If this reason is what was holding you back, well now you know.

Documentation required for installation of Storm Shelters

The requirements regarding documentation and the permits needed from the authorities to install storm shelters in your home and businesses. You need just a few documents, which we have listed below for ease of reference;

a)    Completed building permit application.

b)    Letter regarding flotation for in ground and slope-top shelter.

c)    Floor Plan for in- garage or in-house shelters.

d)   Site plan for outdoor shelters. You can use your mortgage survey or aerial photograph of the property.

These documents are easy to get and if you are stuck do not hesitate to contact us.

Do not shy away from getting a storm shelter for your family. We can help you go through all the processes and financing needed to get you a storm shelter.

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Tornado Tree damage

7 Little Known Facts About Tornadoes

Oklahoma experiences a huge number of tornadoes that occur in the United States. As such, Oklahomans are keen to all things tornadoes, especially during the tornado season. But what do we really know about tornadoes? For many people, tornadoes are just those things you see circling from the clouds to the ground. In this article, we’ll look at some very interesting facts about tornadoes, and some of these little known facts will blow your mind! Well, maybe just excite you.

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Oklahoma Storm Shelters

Why Underground Storm Shelters Are Homeowner’s Best Choice

Underground storm shelters are the most preferred choice for a majority of homeowners. We have seen over time in this business that underground storm shelters provide a lot of great qualities that homeowners appreciate. If you’re looking for a detailed list of underground storm shelters benefits, then you’re in the right place. In this article, we’ll look at why homeowners prefer this type of storm shelters by large numbers.

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Preparing for Storm Season

How To Prepare For The Next Storm Season This Summer

Oklahoma storm season tends to take a break in summer. When summer comes, we all forget about those dreadful months when we had to battle snow and ice, high winds, and tornado warnings. We have lived to see another summer! When you think about it, however, summer is the best time for us to prepare for the next severe storm. Summer is full of energy and it always feels like we have more time to our days than any other time of the year.

More sun, more energy

We all love summer because our days are longer because the sun is up for longer than any other times of the year. The extra time we have, and the warmer weather allows us to engage in activities outdoors. This makes for a perfect time to engage in activities around the house that can help prepare us for the next severe storm.

Trim tree branches in your backyard

One of the most important tasks you should do is to trim branches of trees near your home. Weak branches are very dangerous during severe storms. They can be picked up by severe winds and used as weapons to destroy your house. Sometimes these branches can easily break under the weight of snow or ice and fall on your roof. Any of these scenarios can cause thousands of dollars in damages and injuries.

Consider installing a storm shelter

Storm shelters are a great investment against Oklahoma severe storms. When it comes to protecting those you love from tornados and other severe storms, this is your best bet. You have about 3 choices of storm shelters from Preferred Storm Shelters OKC. You can have underground concrete shelter, underground garage shelter, or a steel safe room. All these storm shelters have been tested to withstand strong winds and f5 tornados and would provide a safe shelter against these storms.

Inspect your roof

During severe storms, roofs are usually the most affected. Ensuring you have a healthy roof that can withstand these storms is key to surviving them. If you have a weak roof, it’ll make it easier for severe storms to affect the rest of the house.

Contact a licensed professional roofer to inspect your roof and give you an idea of how things are. Don’t try to do it yourself. It may seem easier to get up on the roof but it’s extremely dangerous. If your roof needs repair or replacement then contact your insurance for recommendation of a good roofer. Doolittle Roofing OKC is a great recommendation for an Oklahoma roofing company.

As you enjoy your summer, consider doing the above tasks to plan ahead for the next Oklahoma severe storm season.

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5 Questions To Ask Yourself Before Buying A Storm Shelter

Buying a storm shelter is a big decision. You know it’s the right thing to do because it provides protection for your whole family in case of tornados and other severe storms. But a big purchase like this requires that you spend some time thinking about to make sure that you decide on the right type. We understand, and in this article we will look at 5 top questions people have and provide detailed answers to them. Hopefully you’ll feel better at the end of this article.

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What Past Clients Think Of Preferred Storm Shelters OKC

Preferred Storm Shelters OKC has been providing quality service to residents of Oklahoma City, Edmond, Moore and other Oklahoma cities for years. The best past is that customers have had a great experience and the company has built a loyal following with many Oklahomans. When it comes to protecting your family, no one provides better storm shelters than Preferred Storm Shelters OKC. In this article, we’ll feature just a handful of customer testimonials.

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Which Oklahoma Storm Shelter Is Right For You?

an Oklahoma storm shelter can come in different sizes and shapes. When considering a storm shelter, the type of storm shelter that you decide to have installed is important as you’ll be spending critical moments in it. So, it’s recommended for you to take time and familiarize yourself with the different types of storm shelters that you can have. Each type of storm shelter has their benefits and the suitable location for them.

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Storm Tree Damage

7 Storm Season Survival Tips For Your Family

The Oklahoma storm season is officially here, which means we need review our storm season survival tips to make sure that we’re all ready for it. In Oklahoma the storms develop fast and many times without notice.  Just yesterday we witnessed, via TV, very high winds in Northern Oklahoma that caused damage to some houses. So this is a great time to revisit some life saving storm season tips on how you and your family can stay safe this storm season.

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Storm season and your health

How Storm Season Impacts Your Health And What To Do About It

We’re officially in the storm season here in Oklahoma. We’re already experiencing very high winds, temperature sudden rise and drop and thunderstorms. When you listen to the weather news, the weatherman is pointing at some buildup or development of severe weather. Although we prepare for emergencies, many of us don’t stop to think about the impact that the storm season has on our health and well being.

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Why Preferred Shelters Is Your Best Choice For Storm Shelter Installations

When considering installing a storm shelter in your home, find the right company makes all the difference. You need to find a company that would match your unique needs, be able to install the correct size of a storm shelter, and more importantly find a company that operates in your area. Preferred Shelters is one such company that can adequately meet your needs and in this article we’ll tell you why.

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Concrete Storm Shelters

5 Proven Benefits of Storm Shelters In Your Home

It’s common knowledge that storm shelters save lives. Whenever a severe storm is developing, such as a tornado, the weatherman will instruct you to get to a storm shelter for the best possibility of safety. While this is the main benefit of storm shelters, a storm shelter in or around your home can offer even more benefits. If you’re considering purchasing a storm shelter, or just don’t know if they’re important enough then read this. It may just save your life someday.

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Pets and Storm Season

Get Your Pets Ready For Oklahoma weather and Storms

Oklahoma weather can be pretty rough on the pets we have. While we human understand to some degree what to expect, pets may not. They really don’t know what to expect and a lot of times storms catch them by surprise. As part of your storm season preparations, you need to think through about what you will need for you pet so that the season is not as tough on them.

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Buying a home

Buying A Home In Oklahoma? 5 Must Have Storm Safety Items

Buying a home in Oklahoma is an exciting event. According to Forbers magazine, Oklahoma cities are one of the best places to live. One reason is that the cost of living is relatively low. The other reason is work-life balance. Because the cost of living is low, people can have a better quality of work-life balance where they can enjoy both. An important checklist to keep while hunting for a home is the storm safety checklist, which we’ll discuss in this article.

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Installing A Storm Shelter: 5 Things To Do Before

So you have read all material and consulted with your family and now you’re ready to get a storm shelter installed. Kudos to you! You’ve put a lot of thought into it and you’re ready to go forward and execute on your plan. I thought it’ll be a great idea to lay out a plan of things you need to have ready before installing a storm shelter.

Decide the type of storm shelter you want

You’ve probably educated yourself on the pros and cons about the different types of storm shelters. The first thing you need to do is decide on the type of storm shelter that will adequately address your needs. If you’re still in doubt, checkout this article on the different types of storm shelters and the benefits they provide. Remember, while all storm shelters provide about the same protection, they may not all be suited for your home or backyard. Choose the best shelter for your needs.

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Storm Shelters Frequently Asked Questions

When thinking about storm shelters or safe rooms, there are a number of questions that you may need answered. This is definitely not a simple purchase at all. It’s something that can be a life saver when the storm comes. As such, we’ve compiled a list of frequently asked questions at our store. We hope that this would help answer some of your questions. For the unanswered questions, you can give us a call @ (405) 702-1717 or reach us via the contact form.

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Tornado threats in OKC & across SW Oklahoma- Protect yourself with the best storm shelters in the state.

Tornado & Severe Weather warnings have been issued throughout Southwest Oklahoma, including reports of rotation near Anadarko, Chickasha, Lawton and the surrounding towns. If you live in any of the areas under threat, now is the time to get in your storm shelter. 

The storms seemed to have weakend, but being weather aware and prepared is imperative and you can wait out threats of tonight’s very dangerous storms in one of the Best Storm Shelters in Oklahoma, built to world class standards by Preferred Shelters. 

If you think the best storm shelters available in Oklahoma are too expensive to afford- think again. We manufacture and sell our own top of the line storm shelters, building them from the ground up in a huge warehouse facility locally in Oklahoma City.

Interested in learning more about installing one of the best storm shelters available to protect your family from Tornado threats in the most cost effective way possible?

Contact Preferred Shelters now and get on your way to adding a world class layer of protection to your home. Click the link below to request any additional information on taking the first steps:

Request a quote or ask us anything you’d like to know about a new storm shelter. Click here.

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