What to buy....
About what type of shelter to buy...
First, About buying a storm shelter
Question: Your shelters are steel, what about lightning?
Answer: They're extremely safe. Because of the "Faraday Effect".
When should we go into our shelter?
Answer: With the new Doppler Radar and Nexrad, You don't need to run in at the first crack of lightning. But, listen to the TV or a weather alert receiver, The minute you hear a warning for your area, take cover. Radio Shack and other electronic supply stores offer a "SAME" based receiver that lets you set up just counties in your area. Men, don't try to set out and watch for the tornado, they can come straight down on you without warning. Get it your shelter, secure it, and stay there!
Answer: It's very simple. We add a 1/2" electric coupler on the top side of each shelter. Even at the install if you're not ready to run in electric, the access to it will only be about one foot down. So, you can run it later if you'd wish.... and is recommended because
How can I hook up an alternate power source?
Answer: A very good question and very important one. You can always take flashlights, but without electrical power, you won't be able to operate a TV to see what's going on. We recommend a power inverter and battery backup. Get a small RV deep-cell battery, Wal-Mart has some for $35. Then get a power inverter, changes 12volt to 110.
Where's the safest place to get during a tornado?
Anywhere fully underground is best! If not, a center room on the bottom floor. Also, it seems a new popular hide-out is laying inside the bathtub. If you go to a center room, cover yourself with something to protect you from glass and other objects. If you're caught outside, go to a ditch, anything below the normal surface. Mobile home ? leave. Car? drive to avoid the direction and stay in it.
Blancard Springs Caverns
To see what kind of risk your in, see the map at the bottom of this page
In Ground is the
safest type of shelter
The new "EF" scale vs. the old/standard "F" scale
I used PVC to run electric into mine.
How's the best way to hook up electricity in our shelter?
A man standing in a wire mesh cage.
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Underground shelters vs. above-ground shelters and safe rooms
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) States that “being completely underground is the best place to be in a tornado.” Underground shelters fulfill NOAA’s two most important requirements to staying safe in a tornado: being as low to the ground and putting as many barriers between yourself and the outdoors as possible. For this reason, underground shelters and basements remain the number one option when seeking shelter in a severe storm or tornado. Also stated by The National Weather Service, The only safe place during an EF4 or greater is in a subterranean (underground), compliant, storm shelter. FEMA states this as well.
First off... Think safety first, NOT convenience! No, it's not convenient to run to a shelter in your back yard. It's easier to step into above ground saferoom in your garage or in a underground shelter in your garage floor. People have been killed or trapped in both types. Where is your lawn mower, weed eater, gas cans stored? What is above that can cover you with debris? What if a fire starts? Things to think about.
And what NOT ...
There are many types and styles. Buyer Beware. FEMA has not set any regulations for companies to adhere to for underground shelters. You can get a cheap converted septic tank cheap. Sad, some folks think a storm shelter is a storm shelter. That's like saying a Harley Davidson and a 10 speed bicycle are the same, both bikes.
Concrete can't give with the grounds shifts like steel. Therefore they can crack. Over the years, I've heard many tales of concrete. Best one is a woman told me when she has to use her's... She stays in one corner and the Copperheads stay in another.
How the shelter in designed and installed is a key factor. This type of fiberglass shelter normally should have had chains over it and anchored into concrete. It might have had and pulled out from the concrete too. There are straps or something going over it.
In garage, flat with the slab are getting popular. What if your roof gets blown off while it's pouring down rain? This!!
Owners of this shelter had to get out even while the sirens were going off. Most of these types are small and it doesn't take long to fill one up with water.
This looks like a very cheap made steel shelter. Nothing there to hold it in the ground except for the dirt on the roof.