Guide to Storm Shelters

Concrete Storm Shelter

Mother Nature can certainly be beautiful and spectacular, but it can cause havoc and devastation. So staying safe should be a top priority when nature threatens.

Consider the risks. With 300 mph whirling winds, tornadoes pose considerable danger with the potential of causing 50-mile trails of damage. That’s why storm shelters are vital.

Although tornadoes can strike at any time, the season is from March to August. And hurricanes sometimes produce tornadoes, which can form with little warning. Homeowners can adopt some strategies to protect themselves with these tornado shelter options.

Underground Storm Shelters

Many people have their underground storm shelters in their backyards. Installing a storm shelter involves removing soil and fitting the bunker inside the hole. Underground shelters are equipped with ladders to easy access.

Underground Storm Shelter

Above Ground Shelter

Above-ground storm shelters (concrete storm shelters) offer the same level of protection as underground shelters, but have additional features that people with mobility restrictions may find appealing. Above-ground shelters have no ladders or stairs, enabling easy access. You can choose to place these shelters in a garage or a carport or on any other location around your yard. Above-ground shelters require strong concrete pads for mounting and can function as storage areas.

Part of The House

If zoning restrictions prohibit construction of underground shelters, you can have a shelter built as an addition to your house. These types of shelters serve fortified structures resembling bank safes and are usually made of concrete, steel and wood. It can also be used as a storage room or closet. The shelters are self-contained and anchored to your home’s foundation, providing fortification from extreme wind.

Storm Shelters

Prebuilt Shelter

You can buy prebuilt tornado shelters. This type of shelters comes in a wide range of styles including a steel skeleton with steel panels, a welded box of steel or a prefabricated unit that can be bolted together again. They are best placed on the ground floor and should be anchored to your home’s foundation.

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