Fascinating new details about Moore, OK, tornado

As we mentioned three months ago (June 18, 2013), one of the Oklahoma homes demolished in this summer’s terrible tornado season, had everything but a Liberty safe destroyed. The safe was the only thing left standing there, bolted to the cement floor, as recommended, and everything else gone.

Since we first reported on this event, the home’s owner wrote to provide more detail. See his letter below:

August 27, 2013

Dear Liberty Safe,

About three years ago, I bought a Liberty Franklin 50 from H&H
Gun Range in Oklahoma. I had them bolt it to the floor in my garage when they
delivered it. The safe has worked great for those three years, and even more so
when we had one of the worst tornados in our history hit our town of Moore,

On May 20, 2013, I went to work about seven miles away from
my home. I was going to drive my Corvette that day, but when I heard there was
a hail storm in the forecast, I left it in the garage. News came later that day
that an F5 tornado had hit our town. We knew it was bad when the news came out
that many people lost their lives that day.

We were not able to get to our homes right away because of
all the destruction and downed trees. We couldn’t even drive in. We had to walk
two miles in to reach our home. I was shocked at the power of that tornado and
the devastation. We finally made it to our place. Our home was a 3800 sq ft house
and it was completely leveled to the ground. To our surprise, the Liberty safe,
which was bolted to the concrete, was still sitting there. My Corvette was even
still there, with its windows blown out. We were shocked. An Oklahoma
University meteorologist informed us that our home was 30-40 feet within the
center of the tornado.

I thought to myself, “What am I going to do now?” In the next
couple of days we salvaged what valuables we could. We noticed that some of our
things around the safe actually were protected. The Liberty Safe stayed where
it was suppose to stay. Two weeks went by, and after all the clean up around
property, we finally decided to see if we could open up the safe. I put in my
combination and it opened up. The very first time, too. We were also surprised
that it was not even wet inside, as about ten inches of rain came down during
the past two weeks. Everything in the safe was the same as I had left it.

I’ve never seen anything like this.
The tornado tore cars apart. There was an 18-foot boat and trailer together
before the storm. Now there is no boat and the motor was 300 feet in the
opposite direction as the trailer. While we were cleaning up, another neighbor,
asked if we had seen a 2.5 x 2.5 safe anywhere? We told him we hadn’t, but we
told him insurance would cover it. He said that he had a lot of valuables
inside and they’re all gone; they never could find it.

I am a big believer in Liberty Safes. I have sold several of
them since this happened. Mr. Hall at H&H Gun Range has been wonderful to
work with. They have picked up the safe and are keeping it in their showroom.
They are letting me choose a new replacement safe. It’s a good product. If it
is installed properly it can withstand an F5 tornado. It did what it was
absolutely supposed to do!

Bud Wilkinson

Moore, Oklahoma

Mr. Teeth could win a Fatboy!

Did you hear about Liberty Safe’s contest to win a FATBOY safe and a free year of SafElert?

The contest just started, it’s been a lot of fun, and you can enter.

GET CREATIVE! Tell us about the most extreme measures you take to protect your stuff and you could be a winner. Go to Liberty’s Facebook fan page and post your photo and description. In fact, take a moment right now and go see the really wild and crazy ideas people use to keep their stash safe. Click here.

Everybody votes for their favorite post to select several weekly winners, and at the end, an arbitrary drawing from the top ten finalists will win the grand prize FATBOY safe with a year’s worth of SafElert monitoring.

MEET MR. TEETH! Our contest took a really fun turn when we found THIS, the alligator pictured above, guarding 34 pounds of pot in a Northern California home. Now, as you can probably appreciate, we’d like to include Mr. Teeth and his owner in the contest, but it would be tough to install a FATBOY in a prison cell, so he’s disqualified.

BETTER THAN AN ALLIGATOR: Most people don’t know about our brand new SafElert system. It’s a set of eyes and ears inside your safe. You leave home feeling great that your things are locked safely away, but what if somebody attacks your safe, how would you know? Or, what if somebody has the combination and opens the door, how would you know? Did the kids get the combination and are giving your guns a try in the back yard? Know instantly when your safe door is opened or even if the handle is jiggled, that’s what SafElert does.

GUARD WATCHING THE VAULT: SafElert is a wireless device placed inside your safe and stays in constant communication with your home’s Wi-Fi system. If your safe is tampered with, the door opened, the handle jiggled, or if the temperature changes, SafElert sends you a text and email to warn you there might be trouble at home. What if the power goes out? SafElert notifies you of that, too. You can even check with a mobile app, such as to view the humidity inside your safe.

SafElert is a great new advance in protecting your valuables and having peace of mind. Would you like to win one for free, and maybe win a free FATBOY safe to go with it? Then send us your “extreme measure”!


Date: Aug. 27 – Sep. 20

Anyone in the 48 contiguous states may enter (Liberty and SafElert employees excluded).

To Participate: Submit a photo with a caption and explanation of the most extreme, funny or ridiculous measures you take to protect something important to you. Send it to the Liberty Safe Facebook fan page. Include your contact information.

GRAND PRIZE:  1 Fatboy safe, a SafElert system, one year of SafElert monitoring.

WEEKLY PRIZES: A SafElert system and six months of SafElert monitoring.