Answers to common questions about storm shelters

Q What type of storm shelter is best?

A Whatever is above ground can be a target for debris or, as FEMA refers, "missiles" to hit into. While the above-ground "safe rooms" are more convenient, most are tested by shooting a 15lb 2x4 at the door at 100mph. Tornadoes throw SUVs, tractors, and the neighbor's gun safe at you. If you're looking for convenience, simply pull the covers over your head. Fully underground is the ultimate in tornado protection. Consider the wooden spear going through thick concrete in the picture.


Q  It seems like there are more tornadoes now. Why?

A Tornado Alley is shifting to neighboring states, including Arkansas, Louisiana, and Mississippi.
A recent study that examined US tornado data from 1954-2018 found that this shift has been happening over the last 30 years or so.
These and nearby states are experiencing an average increase in tornado touchdowns each year.
Researchers warn that these twisters could become more severe and devastate much of the central US.

"As the Tornado Alley moves eastward, expands northeastward and southeastward, and generates new tornado activity centers, people living in these areas will be experiencing more tornadoes — especially violent ones," said Guang J. Zhang, a research meteorologist with the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego.

Researchers have noted there's also been a shift further north in states like Iowa, Illinois, and Indiana — although the increase in tornado activity there is slightly less dramatic. 

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