Storm shelters are one of the most valuable investments you can make for your family. Having a storm shelter can keep your family safe should the unexpected happen.
While the probability of you actually needing to use it may be slim, having a place of protection nearby, or even inside your home, will give you peace of mind and ensure there is a plan of action if a disaster does occur.
When you understand the risks in your area, you can then proceed with getting the right shelter for your specific needs.
As you can see from this graph, a majority of the United States should at least be prepared for possible tornados.
The average tornado warning time is generally only 10-15 minutes
This means sheltering-in-place is key. Having a place to go to when disaster strikes is essential.
Types of Storm Shelters
There is more than one choice when it comes to choosing a storm shelter. There are underground shelters also known as bunkers and above ground shelters with interior and exterior rooms known as safe rooms or panic rooms.
By taking the time to consider each option and the pros and cons associated with it, you can make an educated decision about which choices will be better for you and your family in the particular region of the country you are living in.
Under Ground Shelters
Although it is always safer to be below ground level in a tornado, they are more susceptible to stresses and strains if soil freezes in the wintertime, they are more susceptible to floating because of a high water table, and they may be more expensive to prepare the site for if there is bedrock.
Above Ground Shelters
They require less ground preparation and can usually be entered more easily, particularly by aged or disabled family members; however, they may take up valuable space on the house, lot or in your garage.
Depending on the manufacturer, the overall size of these rooms can hold a few people or large groups. Once entered, they will provide you with protection from the outside world until the situation is better.
Storm Shelter QualityThe National Storm Shelter Association is your go-to-guide for information about the quality of storm shelters and the members of the association who produce and install them. If you want to purchase and install a storm shelter in your home or on your property, please consult this list: NSSA-Producers. Anyone on this list is an individual or business who is certified to craft all their shelters in compliance with specific standards. You will be sure to get solid construction. To determine if a shelter is made of quality construction, read this: NSSA Brochure
Something you should know!
No one has ever died while weathering a storm in a certified storm shelter whether above ground or below ground. If the products have been tested, they are safe...even withstanding up to a 3,000 pound car being dropped on them.
See this page to learn more about Safe Rooms