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The NSSA Education and Outreach Foundation recently held its Board of Director's meeting at the 2015 NSSA Annual Meeting in Kansas City, Missouri. The foundation initiated the, Ernst "Ernie" Kiesling Honorary NSSA Legacy Fund.   Legacy fund goals and development plans have been set forth with short and long term goals. 

The website for the NSSA Education and Outreach Foundation has also been initated and we hope to have it up and running soon.

For further information regarding the foundation or if you would like donate to the foundation you may contact:

Richard Westerberg, Development Manager

PO Box 41166

Lubbock, TX 79409-1166


Submitted:  November 13, 2015

Tara and David Hacket-Beach won first place on their submission to the History Fair entitled " Tornado Safe Rooms:  Saving Lives and Houses in Tornado Alley: Dr. Kiesling, "Father of the Safe Room."  Read their essay....


Submitted August 18, 2015


The NSSA is participating in the Oklahoma Emergency Management Conference and Trade Show this week in Norman, Oklahoma, August 18-20, 2015.  

An indoor booth for information and an outdoor space for shelter exhibition has been acquired for NSSA. Mike Vaughn, President of NSSA and Tom Bennett are representing our organization this year.

We thank them for their efforts and dedication to NSSA and its members!

Submitted January 15, 2015

2015 NAHB International Builders' Show®, Las Vegas

2015 World of Concrete Show, Las Vegas

NSSA is participating as an industrial partner with the Portland Cement Association in storm shelter exhibits at the International Builders Show, January 2015 and the World of Concrete exhibit,  February 2015, both in Las Vegas, Nevada. Donn Thompson, Associate Member of NSSA is directing the exhibits. Mike Vaughn is providing logistic support in placing and moving the storm shelter exhibits. NSSA literature will be distributed at both shows. Sponsors include FEMA, FLASH, Simpson Strong Tie, and Survive-a-Storm. Four site-built shelters following FEMA 320 designs will be exhibited along with two manufactured shelters, one by Vaughn Concrete, another by Survive-a-Storm.


Mike Vaughn is transporting manufactured shelters to and from Las Vegas and will move shelters from one exhibit to the other. 

Locate a Safe Room/Storm Shelter Company

Have you been approved to particpate in an area rebate or grant program recently?  Or perhaps you simply want to find a company with a quality shelter that meets FEMA guidelines and/or ICC-500 Standards, let us direct you to that listing.  Our Producer Member listing is located under the "Members" menu box just above.  Or better yet, click here to see the list.

We also have a new feature on our website, LOCATE A PRODUCER.  This feature can assist you in locating those companies in your immediate area or within a specific mileage range. Options are also available to designate the specfic type of shelter you want or need.

*While there may not be a Producer Member listed in your immediate area, many Producer Members install shelters in various areas outside their own.  Feel free to contact any of the Producer Members to see what options are available for you.


National Wind Institute (NWI)

To bring together All Things Wind, TTU has created the NWI to better support the interdisciplinary research and educational opportunities in wind science, engineering and energy. The institute combines the former Wind Science and Engineering (WiSE) Research Center and the Texas Wind Energy Institute (TWEI) into one entity.

The Wind Science and Engineering (WISE) Research Center at Texas Tech University was established in 1970, following a tornado in Lubbock that caused 26 fatalities and over $100 million in damage.

It is focused on research, education and information outreach.

For more information visit