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2015 NSSA Annual Meeting

October 27-29, 2015

Embassy Suites Kansas City - International Airport

7640 NW Tiffany Springs Pkwy

Kansas City, MO 64153 

Submitted January 30, 2015

PCA Exhibit at International Builders Show

NSSA participated as an industrial partner with the Portland Cement Association (PCA) exhibit at the International Builders Show in Las Vegas January 27 – 29.  Donn Thompson, AIA, NSSA Corporate Sponsor, directed the project for the PCA. Mike Vaughn, NSSA President, assisted by transporting manufactured shelters by Vaughn Concrete Products and Survive-A-Storm to the exhibit and then providing trucks and hoist equipment to position the shelters for the exhibit.

Included in the exhibit were also four site-built shelters:  a wood frame shelter built by Simpson Strong-Tie (NSSA Corporate Sponsor), a reinforced concrete shelter, a concrete masonry shelter, and a concrete shelter manufactured with insulated concrete forms.

The same shelters will be displayed at the World of Concrete exhibit at Las Vegas February 3-5. Vaughn Concrete Products will again assist with positioning and removing the shelters from the exhibit.

The Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH-NSSA Corporate Sponsor) assisted with publicity with the help of John Zarrella of the Weather Channel. Through many known media hits on 178 websites, over 20 million people were exposed to the exhibit. 

The exhibit has been removed but will be set up again for the World of Concrete exhibit at Las Vegas February 3-6, 2015.






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