Above Ground Storm Shelters

Posted: April 27, 2015 in Ideas
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So I’ve been doing some research, because in my particular neighborhood, we tend to have a bit of standing water each time it rains. Nothing huge, but I’d definitely need a lot of drainage work on my homestead before constructing an underground shelter.

I’ve always been wary that above ground shelters would be less safe than their underground alternatives, but thankfully, this is not so…

Myth: Above ground shelters will get sucked up into the tornado like any other above ground structure…

FALSE: Actually, it’s not suction that causes the vast majority of tornado damage.  Rather, it is the extreme wind speeds of surface air being drawn to the vortex that provide the energy responsible for most tornado damage to buildings, vehicles and other non-secured structures. If tornado force winds can get under an object, chances are it could go airborne.

Some may say “I’ve seen roads ripped up”! Yes, but those are blacktop roads where the extreme winds have eroded soil away from the edge. Blacktop is typically thinner and has far less strength than concrete; plus it has no steel reinforcement. Anyway…back on subject…

The real threat then becomes the impact of airborne debris, which poses the greatest threat for injury or death if you’re not adequately shielded from it.

Testing has proved that 6″ thick solid concrete performs best in sustaining and reflecting impact from tornado AND hurricane force winds…

Living in South East Texas, we get as many hurricanes as we do tornadoes… which is to say, too many. With one of these above ground concrete safe rooms, you’ll be able to ride out any storm in comfort! Prices are based on size and optional extras, so that definitely helps! For tornadoes and hurricanes you’d only need a 10 x 20 to ride out a storm lasting a day or two… that a relatively comfortable size, but thankfully they build all sizes! Specified to your design, and you can get a free quote with no obligation to purchase anything.

  1. wilford featherstone says:

    You can make it even more stable and stronger to withstand 300+mph winds by designing it in a dome shape that way the winds flow over and around it because of the aerodynamics even debris would deflect off of it

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