My name is Matt Cobb. I am a husband, father, United States Marine Corps veteran and the owner of South Wind Shelters & Safe Rooms.
In May of 2011, my family was celebrating my daughter's birthday when a large funnel cloud traveled toward our house. This scenario frequently entered my mind but I always ignored it. We got lucky, but Joplin, MO was devastated by a large tornado the next day. It was time to accept responsibility for my family's safety and buy a tornado shelter.
I soon discovered that most tornado shelters are designed and built to minimally meet FEMA's testing guidelines. I couldn't believe how mangled the shelters and doors were after testing, yet they passed. I wasn't concerned about a single 2x4 flying through the air—I was worried about a vehicle getting thrown and the house collapsing. The lack of innovation in the industry was also disappointing. Having welding and steel fabrication experience, I spent the next year researching tornado shelter guidelines and building my own.
My family was set, but what about everyone else? Believing that everyone needs a safe place, I spent several years refining and testing my design. The result is what may be the strongest, most versatile, most cost-effective tornado shelter on the market.
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South Wind Shelters and Safe Rooms are built with your family in mind, in my hometown of Topeka, KS.