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July 28, 2013

Norman company develops unique storm shelter

NORMAN — Oklahoma Igloo LLC, a Norman company, announces the development of a new breed of above ground life-saving tornado storm shelter.

Former University of Oklahoma engineering professor and Stanford doctorate Dr. Henry Crichlow, along with his worldwide team, developed the Oklahoma Igloo.

With two patents pending and other patents in the pipeline, this new approach to storm shelter technology incorporates a new type of thinking. The company has incorporated human behavior into its design.

A new “Triple 8” construction technique uses eight interlocking, prefabricated, concrete shells with eight inches of concrete, bolted together horizontally and vertically onto eight solid foundation piers. It is further strengthened by circular 30,000 psi steel cables, as used in modern-day bridge building.

“This rapidly deployable ‘888’ shelter is the safest, coolest, hippest, most inviting and iconic tornado shelter on the planet,” Crichlow said. “In addition, the new shelter utilizes modern wind tunnel studies, structural engineering, psychological analysis and novel manufacturing concepts that, to date, have not been routinely utilized in the shelter industry but have been used in aerospace and in 21st century reinforced concrete construction industries.”

The Oklahoma Igloo is capable of resisting the most dangerous and critical tornado weather forces, Crichlow said.

“Entering cramped underground shelters often produces undue fears and anxieties as well as claustrophobic reactions, which can seriously impair and traumatize some individuals in times of danger and risk,” said Dr. Raymond Fuchs, an Oklahoma psychologist with extensive trauma experience. To minimize traumatic reactions, the Igloo is above ground, appealing to residents and providing a high degree of personal comfort and safety.

The Oklahoma Igloo tornado shelter competes in price with existing tornado shelter models, according to the company’s press release. Deliveries are expected in the first quarter of 2014.

More information is available by emailing Crichlow at henry.crichlow@sbcglobal.net.

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