Seventeen hundred homes were totally destroyed by the tornado at Moore, Oklahoma. But notice the simple, concrete, thin shell, dome storage/tornado shelter — the sole survivor. Monolithic Domes survive tornadoes — schools, churches, homes, etc. Be safe.

Seventeen hundred homes were totally destroyed by the tornado at Moore, Oklahoma. But notice the simple, concrete, thin shell, dome storage/tornado shelter — the sole survivor. Monolithic Domes survive tornadoes — schools, churches, homes, etc. Be safe. (AP Photo/Steve Gooch)


Domers respond to Moore, Oklahoma

Just a day after the devastating tornado in Moore, Monolithic began receiving phone calls and emails about that tragedy. We greatly appreciate all comments.

From Randy Greisen

The tornado in Moore, Oklahoma was horrific. The devastation and loss of life and property was predictable. Why do people continue to be so irresponsible by building square stick homes in Tornado Alley?

If I were wealthy enough, I would go to Moore, Oklahoma with a team of Monolithic home builders and ask who would want to stay in Moore and rebuild? For those brave souls I would say, “Here’s the last home you need to build in Tornado Alley”. I would build ten homes for free because I was wealthy.

The side benefit from this would be to Monolithic. The curiosity towards your design would evolve into an educational campaign, one of which companies could not afford to do. In this case, they would come to you and you would have their undivided attention.

I don’t mean to play on others misfortunes. That would be despicable. This would be a rare opportunity for people who have been stuck in a culture of square stick homes – residents, builders, realtors, bankers & insurance companies – to see the error of their ways. You will finally have their attention and could create a much needed paradigm shift that could save lives and property and significantly reduce this misery.

The only structures standing amidst the flattened homes were water towers – because they were round and made of steel. This was on the TV news reports: a view of flattened neighborhoods with water towers in the background. It was right in front of everyone’s eyes, yet they still don’t see it. They chose to look at what is leveled, rather than what is standing. It is sad.

I hope to someday build a Monolithic home in Nebraska – within the next two to three years when I retire. Nebraska in no stranger to tornados nor am I. That is my birth place where I want to live out my years. I am smart enough to know that I will be living in an area prone to tornados and plan to build accordingly, so I don’t have to endure the pain and suffering seen on the news in Moore. I have been preaching this to my family for the last two years with some resistance and ridicule. After the Moore tornado, the family is now on board with me, trying to pick a dome home design and talk about multiple homes. It was an amazing shift in about 24 hours of watching the news.

I just ordered the eBook on Monolithic Home designs and can’t wait to dig into it. It now will be a family project rather than Dad’s crazy idea! Ha!

Best of luck to you and your business. I hope you will be able to to covert some non-believers from square stick homes to the dome solution – for their benefit as well as yours. Cheers!

From Mark

I have been impressed with the Monolithic Dome for some time now. I sprayed the polyurethane foam for a 1000 square foot dome home built in Lake Charles, Louisiana back in the early 90s. I also sprayed the convention center there as well, although the roof of that dome was made of wood, but the concept is the same.

With that being said, the point I want to make is that it is time to build concrete Monolithic structures in tornado alley. The devastation in Moore Oklahoma is so
overwhelming, yet we have all seen this before.

Your company is one of the best examples I have ever seen and I think it is time to advocate the need for these structures in an area that would benefit tremendously. The Monolithic Dome home, or any structure for that matter, gives the building industry a whole new dynamic that is based on safety (real safety) that you can count on.
A square home with a gabled roof is really outdated. It is the hardest to heat or cool. Wind speeds that get up to 70 mph and higher usually means that the roof will start to peal back or start to come apart.

I also think that the building codes in tornado alley need to be rewritten. We now have the technology that you are an expert at that can change the lives of everyone. The energy savings alone should start a major increase in production of these structures across America. People just need to get over the new shape verses the shape of a square or a rectangle.

I look forward to reading your articles on the latest projects that your company is undertaking, and I hope that you start a major campaign aimed at places like
Oklahoma. I have already seen the work being done in (hurricane alley) meaning Florida, the Gulf Coast and the Caribbean. That is all for now.

An aerial photo of a neighborhood hit by a massive tornado in Moore, on May 20, 2013.

An aerial photo of a neighborhood hit by a massive tornado in Moore, on May 20, 2013. (AP Photo/Steve Gooch)

An aerial photo of homes hit by the tornado in Moore, Oklahoma, on May 20, 2013.

An aerial photo of homes hit by the tornado in Moore, Oklahoma, on May 20, 2013. (AP Photo/Steve Gooch)

An aerial photo showing damage to Plaza Towers Elementary School after it was hit by a massive tornado in Moore, on May 20, 2013. Rescue workers and a helicopter can be seen at lower right.

An aerial photo showing damage to Plaza Towers Elementary School after it was hit by a massive tornado in Moore, on May 20, 2013. Rescue workers and a helicopter can be seen at lower right. (AP Photo/Steve Gooch)

Rescue workers dig through the rubble of a collapsed wall at the Plaza Tower Elementary School to free trapped students in Moore, on May 20, 2013.

Rescue workers dig through the rubble of a collapsed wall at the Plaza Tower Elementary School to free trapped students in Moore, on May 20, 2013. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

A boy is pulled from beneath a collapsed wall at the Plaza Towers Elementary School, on May 20, 2013.

A boy is pulled from beneath a collapsed wall at the Plaza Towers Elementary School, on May 20, 2013. (AP Photo/ Sue Ogrocki)

A woman walks through what remains of a bowling alley, and other buildings, after a huge tornado struck Moore, near Oklahoma City, on May 20, 2013.

A woman walks through what remains of a bowling alley, and other buildings, after a huge tornado struck Moore, near Oklahoma City, on May 20, 2013. (Reuters/Richard Rowe)

An aerial photo shows the remains of tornado-damaged houses in Moore, on May 20, 2013. A tornado roared through the Oklahoma City suburbs Monday, flattening entire neighborhoods, setting buildings on fire and landing a direct blow on an elementary school.

An aerial photo shows the remains of tornado-damaged houses in Moore, on May 20, 2013. A tornado roared through the Oklahoma City suburbs Monday, flattening entire neighborhoods, setting buildings on fire and landing a direct blow on an elementary school. (AP Photo/Steve Gooch)

Flipped vehicles are piled up outside the heavily damaged Moore Medical Center on May 20, 2013.

Flipped vehicles are piled up outside the heavily damaged Moore Medical Center on May 20, 2013. (Brett Deering/Getty Images)

This aerial photo shows the remains of homes, after being flattened by a massive tornado in Moore, Oklahoma, on May 20, 2013.

This aerial photo shows the remains of homes, after being flattened by a massive tornado in Moore, Oklahoma, on May 20, 2013. (AP Photo/Steve Gooch)

The hood of car is wedged into the front window of the Moore Medical Center after a powerful tornado ripped through the area on May 20, 2013.

The hood of car is wedged into the front window of the Moore Medical Center after a powerful tornado ripped through the area on May 20, 2013. (Brett Deering/Getty Images)

An aerial photo of a section of Moore struck by the massive tornado on May 20, 2013.

An aerial photo of a section of Moore struck by the massive tornado on May 20, 2013. (AP Photo/Steve Gooch)

An aerial photo of a neighborhood in Moore destroyed by the massive tornado on May 20, 2013.

An aerial photo of a neighborhood in Moore destroyed by the massive tornado on May 20, 2013. (AP Photo/Steve Gooch)

A vehicle lies upside down in the road after a powerful tornado ripped through the area on May 20, 2013 in Moore, Oklahoma.

A vehicle lies upside down in the road after a powerful tornado ripped through the area on May 20, 2013 in Moore, Oklahoma. (Brett Deering/Getty Images)