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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. 

Congratulations to Dr. Ernst Kiesling, P.E.

Winner of the FIRST NSSA Kiesling Award

Please click on Award Presentation below:

Carl Junction to Vote on Tornado Shelter Bond This November

KOAM-TV--We were hit with a tornado in 2003. It's time to take action and quit waiting, and lets do it." Carl Junction School Superintendent, Phillip Cook says.

Crowder College Storm Shelter

Four States Homepage--The facility has classrooms, offices, and a tornado shelter all in one. It's even two stories, which might seem odd, but Crowder staff say it's still safe.

County seeking $3M grant for storm shelter

Starkville Daily News--Oktibbeha County has applied for a grant to fund construction of a planned $3 million storm shelter. The facility, if constructed, will be similar to ...

Oklahoma City to award $2500 storm shelter rebates to 830 homeowners in the Oklahoma City limits have a chance to receive up to a $2,500 rebate on the purchase and installation of a new storm shelter ...

Turkey Ford to build storm shelter

Miami News Record--The Turkey Ford School District was awarded a grant earmarked to help with the construction of a storm shelter for the rural school.

Salvation Army of Tuscaloosa breaks ground on new homelessshelter

Tuscaloosa News--The new facility will include a state-of-the-art kitchen and cafeteria with a large dining room, which will double as a community tornado shelter.

West Point, Clay Co. plan for new storm shelter Emergency Management Director Kerrie Gentry-Blissard tells the Daily Times Leader currently there is no storm shelter ...

Safe Room Installation Videos are now available on our Educational Opportunities page

These are essential steps which are part of the requirements for the NSSA Compliance Verfication Process for Safe Rooms.

Flash 2013 Annual Conference Mitigation 360- Highlight Video

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

ICC/NSSA Standards Development Updates

The International Code Council (ICC ) and the National Storm Shelter Association (NSSA) cooperated in writing the national consensus standard for storm shelters known as the ICC 500-2008. The standard, accredited by the American National Standards Institute, is called the ICC/NSSA Standard for Design and Construction of Storm Shelters. All types and sizes of shelters are included as well as all geographic regions of the country.

*An ICC committee is currently revising the standard, expected to be ICC-500-2014.  NSSA members James Waller, Corey Schultz, Kurt Roeper and Ernst Kiesling serve on the committee.  Scott Tezak of TRC chairs the committee.  Marc Levitan of NIST serves as vice chair.