Damaging Easter Sunday Tornado
Destroys Homes, Shelter Saves Lives
Darcy Ambrose has uncanny timing. On April 14, 2000, he
had a heavy steel-plate underground shelter installed on his
property in northwestern Louisiana by F-5 Storm Shelters.
Nine days later, on Easter Sunday, a major outbreak of tornadoes
swept through the area, inflicting major damage to or destroying
over 300 homes and causing dozens of injuries.
Darcy recalled, "A F-2 rated tornado passed right through our
area, with a path of destruction 40 miles long and as much as
five miles wide. But thanks to our new storm shelter, we
were safe and secure.
"It was all over in a few minutes, but when my neighbors, my
son, and I came up afterwards out of the shelter, we discovered
our homes seriously damaged and trees down everywhere we looked.
the shelter definitely saved our lives."
Darcy appreciates the peace of mind his shelter provides and
since it's installation, has taken refuge in it 15-20 times to
escape threatening weather. It's so comfortable, he even
sleeps in it when there is danger of severe weather overnight.
They Rode Out Hurricane Katrina's Worst in Comfort and
Katrina’s 150-160-mph eyewall winds wreaked havoc on our world …
while, from Sunday evening to Tuesday morning, my wife and I
stayed safe and comfortable in our shelter. We never even lost
power. Our separately sheltered diesel generator kept our air
conditioning, lights, and TV going for days, through the storm
and well beyond.
around, including our own, were rendered unlivable or destroyed
… but our shelter was a precious lifesaver.”
Over the years, longtime Mississippi residents
Carl Hartzman and his wife endured their fair share of
hurricanes to come through the area. However, their timing was
excellent in finally making the decision to have one of our
shelters installed on their property--as always, built to meet
(usually exceeding) FEMA standards in all respects
Their heavy-gauge steel shelter was in place just in time to
protect them from a direct hit from the worst storm to ever hit
Said Carl, “We
opted for an above-ground steel shelter, anchored in concrete,
installed on high ground on our property. We also had a separate
shelter built for a diesel generator. I know something about
steel-work and from the very first time I saw the craftsmanship
and robust design in these shelters, I knew it was the only
shelter for us.”
It turned out to be one of the best decisions the Hartzmans ever
“We could hear
branches and debris striking the outside of the shelter,” said
Carl, “but even through 160-mph winds, we could feel no
vibration or movement of any kind through the walls. When it was
all over, the devastation outside was unbelievable, while the
shelter itself didn’t even have a scratch on it!
“I cannot speak
more appreciatively of my whole experience with Robert, our
shelter builder and installer. These folks go above and beyond
in delivering to the needs of the customer, and the quality of
the product is exactly the kind of peace of mind we wanted.”