February 10, 2009 (EF3)
Myles and I would like to thank you for our Flatsafe Tornado Shelter. Your dedication to safety and attention to detail were vital as I waited out the February 10, 2009 tornado inside our shelter.
Our story goes as follows: It was simply a regular day in February and I had no idea a storm was barreling down on our neighborhood. Myles called and told me to turn on the television and prepare to get in the shelter. Now, I’m an Oklahoma girl born and bred so I am not afraid of tornadoes, and frankly that was foolish. I took my time getting supplies and leisurely went about my business, then I heard the sirens go off and I moved a little quicker, but I still wasn’t worried. It wasn’t until my 14 year old Golden Retriever began to bark, and walk toward the shelter that I knew we were in trouble and I kicked it into high gear. At that point I lowered my pal, Shadow, into the shelter and began to shut the door. I had the door almost closed when a surge of power shoved the door forward and locked it in place, actually it was like a vacuum seal. I remember thinking…wow I shoved that hard, I must be more scared that I thought.
What I didn’t realize was the tornado was hitting at that very moment, thankfully it was so quiet in the shelter I could barely hear the devastation happening around us. I had the TV radio on in the shelter and heard the weather man telling everyone our neighborhood had just been hit by a tornado, then I began to shake uncontrollably. I knew we were safe, but I was so worried about my neighbors, were they ok? I asked myself over and over, why hadn’t I done more to make sure they all had Flatsafes in their garage. I tried to call Myles to let him know we were ok, but I couldn’t get a call out, all the lines were down. About the time I was about to panic my son called me from Dallas. He could get a call in but I couldn’t get calls out.
Here’s the funny part…in the midst of the turmoil I secured the Flatsafe door with the safety chain and forgot to unlock it. So for several minutes I thought I was stuck. I was sure wishing I had paid more attention to the lecture on the lid winch. Thankfully our son Adam knew how to use it and was going to talk me through it over the phone. So…I figured I’d get out eventually. But honestly, let that be a lesson to everyone – listen to the instructions and don’t just assume you’ll remember how to work something in a crisis. At that moment I was lucky to remember my name.
Just about that time my neighbor, Phil M , came through the house searching for me. I heard him call my name, looked up and realized the safely chain was secured. I removed the safety chain and rolled back the door. I was glad to be out but what I saw next made me shake in my sneakers. My garage door was sucked into a V shape and debris was everywhere. Just a few feet outside the garage was a pile of rubble that used to be our next door neighbors home and the house across the street was merely a shell. At that moment I was so thankful Myles had purchased the Flatsafe. I was literally feet from a tornado that could have seriously injured me or Shadow. If it hadn’t been for the shelter we would have been in one of the spots in our home where glass and debris were flying. But, tucked in our Flatsafe we were safe and sound.
We want to testify to the quality, integrity, and professionalism of Flatsafe. From the sale, to the installation, to the actual usage of our shelter it was all flawless and we truly thank you for our Flatsafe. Blessings to you as you reach out to other potential homeowners. Our prayer is they will be wise like my husband and not foolish like me. Tornadoes are serious and you never know in Oklahoma when the weather may just spawn a doozy of a storm.
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