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Securadyne steps up

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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

After the May 20 F5 tornado ripped through Moore, Okla., we ran several stories about how the security industry was affected by the storm. Since, then, I've heard from others in the industry about their experiences.

Securadyne Systems, an independent integrator based in Dallas, which has a branch office in Oklahoma City, has helped out with the recovery efforts in Moore.

Following is an excerpt of a report that Securadyne's Abe Romero sent along to me.

On June 19 Securadyne Systems had 18 volunteers from branches in Oklahoma City, Tulsa, and Dallas working on the recovery effort in Moore. The photo below shows some of those volunteers.

One of Securadyne Systems’ own employees was directly affected by the storm. Tracy Simon, an enterprise account executive in the Oklahoma City branch, spearheaded the effort to work with the Help Moore Rebuild disaster relief organization. Simon’s home was damaged during the tornado and her daughter’s middle school was completely destroyed.

At the relief organization’s headquarters, the team was briefed on the types of jobs available throughout the Moore area. The Securadyne team helped clean-up a huge debris field scattered with the remains of homes destroyed in the nearby neighborhoods.

After the work was done, the group toured the areas of damage. “The most touching and challenging part of the visit was the stop at the Plaza Elementary school makeshift memorial. Plaza Elementary took the brunt of the tornado’s fury on that fateful day and a number of children and teachers lost their lives. The day of volunteering reinforced the importance of giving back to our communities, which is a central component of our company’s core values,” according a company statement.  The photo below shows the memorial.

Oklahoma integrator High Tech Tronics rides out storm

Marc Bradley: ‘We’re thinking seriously about getting a [tornado] shelter at the office’
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05/22/2013

OKLAHOMA CITY—All employees of High Tech Tronics, a PSA Security systems integrator based here, survived the May 20 tornado, but one employee lost his home, CEO Marc Bradley told Security Systems News.

Post tornado, ASG employees tout 2GIG severe weather alert

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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Yesterday afternoon I spoke to some Oklahoma-based employees of super-regional security company ASG Security. Thankfully, all employees and employee families are safe, according to Bob Ryan and Ralph Masino of ASG, but many were witnesses to the destruction that occurred May 20.

All touted ASG Connect, ASG’s interactive home security panel which it OEMs from 2GIG. ASG provides the “Severe Weather Alert”  service (powered by Alarm.com) to its Oklahoma customers free of charge, Ryan told me.

Bobby Walker, sales manager in ASG’s Oklahoma City office, lives in Moore. On Monday afternoon, he saw that the storm was bearing down and went to retrieve his son from school, which is located two miles away from the Plaza Towers Elementary School where several children died in the tornado.

“When I got there, they said they were not checking any more students out and we needed to take cover,” Walker said. “I found the room my son was in and we were told to take cover. … It was the scariest moment of my life. I was lying on top of my son and it sounded like canon balls were hitting the side of the building. Thuds, huge thuds and [sounds like] a jet engine firing up outside the building.”

The tornado passed in a matter of minutes, but when Walker and his son went outside, “it looked like a bomb dropped, houses were obliterated, every telephone pole was down. It was mass chaos,” he said.

Walker had two more children to retrieve. The road was impassable for cars and Walker’s car was totaled anyway, so he and his son walked the five miles to the school his other children attend.

There was no cell coverage and in neighborhoods along the way, “it was rubble propped up by more rubble.”

He feared the worst, but as he and his son got closer to the other school, there was less and less destruction. All of his children were fine, and his house, a few miles away was not seriously damaged.  (Walker took the photos in this blog on his iPhone during his walk home.)

Walker and Joshua Jones, ASG VP and GM Oklahoma region, both said the 2GIG Severe Weather Alert was key to alerting many residents about the tornado.

Jones said his system alerted his wife to turn on the television. “She was home, but she wasn’t watching TV,” he said. Once she saw the severity of the storm, she called Jones and told him to retrieve their children from school.

“If you live in Oklahoma and you don’t have 2GIG with Severe Weather Alert, you need to rethink it,” Walker said.

“So many storms happen in the middle of the night, you never get the warning our 2GIG panel gives us. … it saves lives just like fire protection,” Walker said.

ASG has nearly 6,000 “2GIG protected customers in Oklahoma” and more than 2,000, 2Gig/ADC systems installed in the Oklahoma City/Moore, area, all of whom received a critical server weather alert on their 2Gig system,   according to Bob Ryan.

For more tornado coverage, see “Oklahoma integrator High Tech Tronics rides out storm”, Tornado spares CSG Office in Oklahoma City, and “Experts: Schools can prepare successfully for disasters like tornadoes”

Tornado spares CSG office in Oklahoma City

Branch manager’s daughter, top-five dealer lose homes in storm
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05/21/2013

TULSA, Okla.—Monday’s devastating tornado spared Central Security Group’s office in Oklahoma City, but the homes of the branch manager’s daughter and a CSG dealer were among the hundreds that were destroyed, CSG’s Glenn Albers told Security Systems News on Tuesday.

Atlas lends a helping hand to those affected by tornadoes

Full-service alarm company has busy first half
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05/26/2011

SPRINGFIELD, Mo.—Although Atlas Security has not been directly impacted by recent tornadoes in the Midwest, Atlas employees are actively helping out neighbors affected by the catastrophic events.