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Tips to Ensure a Safe Hideout for Your Family During a Tornado

Category : Blog , Tornadoes

It’s impossible to predict exactly what will be left behind when a tornado hits. Some dwindle and redirect away from homes at the last minute, and some pick up unexpected speed and strength and shred everything but storm-safe rooms and bunkers.

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Storm Proofing Your Home Can Increase its Resale Value – Here’s How to Do It

Category : Blog , Storms

Texas and Oklahoma are amongst the most tornado-prone states in the US today. If you’re a homeowner in either of these two, it’s no surprise that a home designed to keep its residents safe in destructive weather would merit higher offers on the market.

US Safe Room Tornado Shelters has been working for over two decades, building storm shelters and raising awareness about their necessity. Check out our blog about how to get back on your feet following a natural disaster. Of course, it’s always easier to get back to normal if the impact is minimized.

Of course, a comprehensive insurance plan could cover most, if not all, damages, but considering that some storms are powerful enough to flip trains and tear houses to pieces, it’s better to be on the safe side. Especially in a place like Forth Worth, safe rooms and weatherproof construction are a must.

While a steel storm shelter in Dallas’s tornado season is your best bet, there’s still plenty you’d probably have to do to keep safe on your property. Here’s how:

Windows and Doors – Don’t Forget The Garage

The first rule of weatherproofing is to keep the weather, heat, wind, or water out. This is why steel tornado shelters are encased on all sides with impenetrable layers of metal. So while a metal house may not be feasible, you can bolster the weak points: the windows and doors.

Oft forgotten are the garage doors. Professional storm proofers could probably help you inspect yours, but when you secure the windows and doors, don’t ignore the garage. Should any of these come undone, the winds will enter your home, along with any debris and water they may carry, and the structural integrity will be compromised from the inside.

Check the Structure

To make sure the outside of your house is tornado safe, check the gutters, the vents, and the roof. Reinforced windows and doors won’t do much good if the roof is ripped off. If you’re constructing a new home, ask your contractor if they think that the building materials will be able to withstand extreme weather events. If you’re living in an older home, it’s probably better to have it inspected and plan some upgrades.

This will lower your insurance premium too.

Have Your Yard Inspected

Many forget that when there’s a tornado strong enough to uproot trees whizzing about, those trees are subsequently thrown nearby. Keeping this in mind, have a good look at your yard and nearby trees in the neighborhood. It’s not only a matter of size but the strength of their roots.

By having them checked out by an arborist and asking specifically for a storm safe yard, you might be able to remove some trees that would have otherwise ended up far too close for comfort.

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With all precautions taken to keep the home safe, US Safe Room Tornado Shelters still stresses the importance of taking extra, steel-encased steps to prevent loss of life. Even if all else fails, tornado safe rooms should still be standing, and their contents should be alive and well.

Our team can build custom safe rooms that fit your family and pets. Give us a call at 469-629-6000, and your steel storm shelter can be installed and ready for use in two weeks!


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How to Protect Electrical Appliances during Storms

Category : Blog , Storms

Yes, a storm shelter can keep you safe during a storm, but that doesn’t mean you should disregard your house and belongings—they must be kept safe during a storm too. This is especially important for electrical appliances.

In this blog, we’re letting you in on the secret and explaining how you can keep your favorite gadgets safe during a thunderstorm. Continue reading to find out all about them.

Take No Risks: Unplug Them

We know you’re smart enough to not use any electrical appliance while there’s a thunderstorm raging outside—we still ask you to go a step further and unplug them from the socket. This will ensure that children, or even adults, won’t carelessly turn them. Unplugging also allows you to put them away safely in a secure cabinet.

Install Surge Protectors  

Installing surge protectors in your house is the best thing to protect your electrical appliances from being blasted off from an electric surge. A lightning strike might hit your house and travel through the wiring, causing your electrical appliances to get damaged. But you can prevent this by installing surge protectors.

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Use a Water Resistant Cover

While we do insist that you remove your electrical appliances from places where rain can reach them, we also understand that removing some heavier gadgets might be difficult. Your fridge or washing machine for instance, might be standing in a place where rain drops can trickle inside and ruin the wiring. So, when you can’t move an appliance, make sure that you cover it using a rubber or parachute cover—any material that resists water. This will keep your electrical appliance safe from the onslaught of the downpour.

Keep Them in a Safe Place

Keep your electrical appliances in a place to ensure their safety. For instance, don’t put them somewhere where dust from the storm can get inside them and ruin the machinery. Also avoid keeping them in a place where they can’t stay dry—you don’t want moisture finding its way inside your electrical appliances.

Install a Tornado Shelter and Protect Yourself during a Thunderstorm

A safe room can keep you and your family safe during a thunderstorm. Safe Rooms US designs tornado shelters in Dallas that not only meet the FEMA guidelines, but surpass them. They also provide a ten-year warranty with their products.

To install a garage shelter or an underground bunker in your home, get in touch with us today.


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Does a Tornado Shelter Really Work?

Category : Blog , Tornado Shelters

Tornado shelters, also known as panic rooms and safe rooms are the ultimate way to protect lives when there’s a thunderstorm approaching. They can not only be customized in size and shape, but the installation can be done in multiple places. Your garage and basement are just one of the few places where you can easily install a safe room. Continue reading to learn how safe they actually are.

Made of the Sturdiest Materials

Originally, storm shelters were made out of concrete and steel, but recently, fiberglass is gaining popularity as a leading choice for safe room production. Because it carries so much weight, and is usually built underground, a tornado has next to no effect on tornado shelters.

They’re Built to Withstand Storms and Strong Winds

Usually, a storm shelter is built to withstand Category 5 hurricanes and thunders. Category 5 hurricanes can wreak havoc in any area and turn it upside down with the sheer magnitude of the winds they carry, but a storm shelter is durable enough to provide protection to the people inside it. Since it’s made from durable materials, you can rest assured that you can remain safe during a storm.

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Storm Shelters are Approved by FEMA

FEMA, which stands for Federal Emergency Management Agency, issues guidelines for the production of storm shelters. Once a safe room meets the criteria, or better, surpasses them, you can sit back and relax knowing that it will provide you protection from storms and high winds.

FEMA observes and records such natural disasters, and only then comes up with updated guidelines for maximum protection. So, it’s a given that any tornado shelter that’s built according to these guidelines will keep you out of harm’s way during a thunderstorm.

Install a Safe Room in Your Home Today

Now that you know all there’s to know about tornado shelters, you might be looking forward to installing one in your home. Safe Rooms US makes safe rooms approved by FEMA, and can install garage shelters and underground bunkers for storm safety within 10 days of placing an order.

To learn more about their services in Dallas and the surrounding areas and how they can customize a design for you, check out their website.


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Warning Bells: Protect Your Home During a Storm

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Do you live in Dallas, Fort Worth, or Florida? We bet you have had enough of thunderstorms and lightning. From home damage to posing a huge threat to the safety of your loved ones, storms can be distressing. But you can ensure that you come out safely from the ordeal using the following tips and tricks. Continue reading to learn more.

Vacate Your Yard and Inspect the Trees

You might be wondering what your yard or the trees have got to do with storms. Well, there’s a lot to unpack here, but let’s begin with the fact that a weak or loose branch on a tree can break off and damage your vehicle, or your house during a storm.

Moreover, things that you leave unattended in your backyard or garden can either suffer severe damage, or cause damage to your home. They can fly into the storm and thump against your house, or they could simply break and tear. Either way, inspecting your yard and vacating it is necessary.

Install a Safe Room

For areas such as Dallas and Fort Worth, where they experience rain and thunder year round, installing a safe room shelter is a good choice. It ensures that you and your loved ones stay out of harm’s reach when the warning bells of an approaching storm are tolling on the news.

Safe rooms, also known as panic rooms, are small spaces that are built with sturdy materials that stand upright in a storm and protect the people inside it. It can be installed in your garage, basement, or even in your backyard.

Turn Off all Electrical Appliances

We’re sure that you must be aware what havoc electricity and water can cause when they get mixed together. So, when there’s a storm raging outside, and there’s even the slightest chance that water might trickle into the walls or plumbing of your house, avoid using electrical appliances.

Not only should you not use them, but you should also switch them off and unplug them to stay safe. This helps prevent accidents and fires in your home.

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Invest in Storm Shutters

Consider these as covers for your glass windows and doors, not unlike a car cover for protection against weather. You can also install impact resistant shutters or glass so they won’t break easily and wreak havoc inside your home.

Investing in storm shutters is necessary not only because they protect glass on the windows and doors from cracking, but also because it ensures that your roof doesn’t unhinge and fly off during the storm due to upward pressure.

Are You Looking For Safe Rooms in Dallas?

Because if you’re, we can help! Safe Rooms US has been in the tornado shelter business for more than 2 decades, and our client testimonials are a proof of how well we serve them for all their storm shelter needs. To learn more about our services, or for safe room installation, call us now.


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Storm Stories: The Most Intense Movies

Category : Blog , Storms

How long has it been since you sat down with your family and poured over discussions after watching a thrilling movie? We’re guessing it’s been ages. So here’s a list for you to consult when you’re in the mood to binge watch storm thrillers.

But a word to the wise: heed warning from these movies and protect yourself and your loved ones at home with a storm shelter!

The Perfect Storm

As unfortunate as it sounds, this movie is based on a true story that revolves around a boat caught in a storm. Starring big names like Mark Wahlberg and George Clooney, this movie shows the struggle that the crew members face to make it out alive.

However, the production of this movie was sued by family members of the real boat crew, as the scenes were made drastically different than what occurred in real life.

Adrift (with Shailene Woodley and Sam Claflin)

We might as well tell you this: you will be sniffling and bawling your eyes out by the end of this movie. Based on a true story, this movie pans out and shows an endearing couple’s journey that turns disastrous.

Shailene Woodley and Sam Claflin play Tami Oldham and Richard Sharp, respectively, and the audience felt moved by their depiction of love and loss.

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Crawl (Will Give You the Creeps)

What happens when a Category 5 hurricane hits your town? This American film that came out in 2019 provides answers—but none of them are what you will like.

When a father and daughter duo get trapped in a Florida hurricane, it turns out that flood water is the least of their worries. Nauseating yet chilling, this movie was an instant hit with the crowd. A word of warning: don’t watch this if alligators creep you out.

The Day After Tomorrow 

The director of ‘Independence Day’ is behind this stellar natural disaster movie, starring Dennis Quaid and Jake Gyllenhaal. It’s based on a book titled ‘The Coming Global Superstorm’, in which the world is hit with an ice storm brought about by climate change.

The father, played by Dennis Quaid, sets out to warn the world against the approaching disaster, while also struggling to reach his son in New York. This is the perfect movie to watch on a date night when munching on store brought popcorn and snuggling is on the agenda.

It’s All Fun and Games until a Thunder Approaches!

Worrisome, but true! While disaster movies are fun to watch and dissect later, storms can be anything but thrilling when they happen in real life. However, there’s no reason to worry, as Safe Rooms US ensures your family’s safety with its safe room installations.

To learn more about safe rooms in Dallas and Fort Worth, get in touch with our representatives today!


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Here’s Why Teaching Your Kids about Storm Precautions Is Necessary

Category : Blog , Storms

Children often don’t realize the gravity of the situation and insist on staying outdoors; or they over analyze it and drive themselves to tears just thinking about the idea of a storm. Whichever the case, teaching them about the dos and don’ts during a storm can help them in the long run.

While a safe room shelter is helpful in ensuring the safety of your loved ones, there are certain things that require equal attention. Here’s why doing so is important.

It Will Keep Them Safe

We understand that your child’s safety is your topmost concern—especially in an area such as Dallas and Fort Worth where storms occur frequently, your mind must be constantly on the alert for your child’s safety.

Teaching them about precautionary measures before a storm approaches is essential for ensuring they cope well during this natural disaster. From faulty plumbing to electrical sockets, and not vacating the garden in favor of staying outdoors—anything can take a turn for the worse.

They Will Know When to Run For Shelter

Children love to play outdoors, and even when storm bells are ringing, they might not pay attention to it and run for a shelter. This can be highly distressing for parents who are stuck in traffic, or cooped up in their office while a storm rages on.

Teaching your child to run to a nearby shelter is necessary for their safety. Ask them never to touch a pole, or even stand under a lone tree, among other storm safety measures.

So They Won’t Be Unnecessarily Frightened

Lightning strikes are scary enough to make an adult’s hair stand on end, so it’s a given that children will be scared beyond their wits. Teaching them about the dos and don’ts during a thunderstorm can help them evaluate the event, and rationalize it.

Realization and rationalization often go hand in hand, and when children are able to comprehend the gravity of the situation, they might be able to deal with it in a better way.

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They’ll Avoid Touching Electrical Appliances

Precautionary measures often end up saving lives, and this is why teaching children about the dangers of water and electricity is crucial. Instruct your child to never touch any electrical socket, or appliance, when it’s raining.

When water and electricity couple, they concoct the perfect recipe for a disaster. You have to bear in mind that you can’t be there to supervise your child at all times, so it’s better to make them learn things than losing your peace of mind over ‘what ifs’.

Install a Safe Room in Fort Worth

Have we given you something to think over? That’s good to know because this means you value your family’s wellbeing. Safe Rooms US can help with the installation of a safe room shelter in Dallas and Fort Worth.

We have been in the business for more than 25 years, and our clients speak highly of our services. Get in touch with us today!


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Raging Storms: Top Ways to Spend Time Cooped Up at Home during a Storm

Category : Blog , Storms

Storms are a common occurrence in Dallas and Fort Worth, and can quickly become dangerous. While a safe room does ensure your safety during a storm, what should you do when you can’t head outside?

In this blog, we have compiled a list of things you might want to try once you hear the thunder rolling. Continue reading to find out.

Hole Up With Your Favorite Romance

Whether it’s a timeless classic like ‘Pride and Prejudice‘, or something entirely new like ‘The Unhoneymooners’ or ‘The Love Hypothesis’—this is the perfect weather to dig those romances novels out and re-read them. We know bookworms rarely get the time to re-read their favorites because there are so many new books to read every day.

But sometimes, the weather calls for something that you can find comfort in, and this is when re-reading your favorites holed up in a cozy corner is the right thing to do.

When in Doubt, Scrabble it out

You can’t really leave your house during a storm without risking your life, so what should you do when the boredom rolls in? Challenge your roommate, or one of your family members to a game of scrabble, of course!

Whoever you’re stuck with is likely feeling the storm anxiety too, but don’t fret—you can end it with your competitive streak. Flatten the board and line the tiles; it’s time to give your mind something to mull over.

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Knit Your Worries Away

Is your passion project stuck in between? Now’s the perfect time to get it going! Grab that robin blue yarn and that cloudy white one too, and knit your worries away.

Whether you want to craft a simple floral pattern for your friend’s graduation gift, or want to go all out with stitch bags—the choice is yours!

Stay Safe in Dallas

Do you know a safe room can protect you during a windstorm? To ensure your family’s safety, consider installing a safe room shelter in your house. Safe Rooms US has over 2 decades worth of experience in the storm shelter industry. We are trusted by our clients in Dallas and Fort Worth for reliable and sturdy safe room installation.


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2022 Hurricane Season: What Does The NOAA Predict?

Category : Blog , Storms

The storm season began on June 1st and is likely to last up till November 30th. The storm Alex was the first to occur in 2022, and there are many more to come. Thunderstorms and hurricanes frequently occur in the US, but fortunately, not all of them are severe.

This year, the NOAA reports that more than an average number of thunderstorms will hit the country. Continue reading to find out the reason and why installing a safe room in your house is a good idea.

It’s a Busy Season Ahead!

This is a year of above-average storm activity in the States, reports forecasters at NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center. However, this isn’t going to be the first time it’s happening—in fact, it’s the seventh time in a row. The hurricane activity is alarming, to say the least, and the NOAA experts believe there’ll be an average of 14-21storms in 2022.

There’s a 25% chance of the hurricane activity remaining normal and a 65% chance of it becoming a busy season ahead. The list of names for storms in 2022  is issued and includes Alex, Bonnie, Colin, and Danielle among others.

There Will be an Increased Activity

Climate change is real—it’s happening. It’s one of the major factors responsible for the increased number of hurricanes that are set to hit the US this year. La Niña, a climate pattern denoted by a huge temperature drop in the Equatorial Pacific, is one of the reasons there’s a chance of more hurricanes. Similarly, the warmer temperature in the Caribbean sea and the Atlantic ocean, along with a rich African monsoon, are also responsible.

People Need to Prepare For Storms

Perhaps, not as many lives may have been lost in thunderstorms, hurricanes, and windstorms if proper preventive measures had been taken. However, it’s time to stop dwelling on the past and prepare for the storm season that lies ahead.

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Here’s a list of things to bear in mind when you hear a warning on the news:

  • Avoid leaving your house—stay indoors.
  • If you’re caught in a storm unaware, rush to seek shelter.
  • Avoid standing near lone trees, high walls, and electric poles.
  • If you are driving when you hear the thunder roll, continue to drive at a slow speed if you can’t park in a safe spot. Do not rush.
  • Seek shelter in a safe room and stay there until the storm passes.

Invest in a Safe Room In Dallas, TX

Built according to FEMA guidelines, a safe room shelter is installed on a residential or commercial property to keep people and things safe in case of a storm. If you’re looking for a safe room in Dallas, TX, get in touch with Safe Rooms US today. We manufacture custom-sized tornado safe rooms and tornado shelters that fit your needs.


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Hurricanes, Cyclones, and Typhoons: Some Difference

Category : Blog , Tornadoes

Often, people are confused and unaware of the differences between hurricanes, cyclones, and typhoons; if there are any.

This article aims to explore the similarities and differences between these three tropical storms; continue reading to find out.

What’s a Hurricane?

A hurricane is a fast rotating tropical storm that usually moves in a circular direction. It can reach a maximum speed of 119 km/hr, i.e., 74 mph. Hurricanes are created in a warm, and tropical region. Its speed is calculated on a scale called “Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale” with a 1 to 5 rating. They require a low air pressure area to grow.

It’s divided into three parts:

  • Eye wall: it consists of strong winds, and is the most dangerous part of a hurricane
  • Rainband: this constitutes the rains and is the area that spins.
  • The eye: this is the calm center of an otherwise destructive storm

Hurricanes form when moist, warm air of the ocean rises rapidly to mix with cooler air. They are catastrophic because they bring violent rains, strong winds, and high waves, destroying large areas.

Is a Cyclone Any Different?

It’s a huge wind system that circulates around a center having low atmospheric pressure. In the northern hemisphere, it moves counter-clockwise, while the direction changes to clockwise in the southern hemisphere. Cyclone is just another name for a tropical storm, the only difference being that it forms over the Indian Ocean.

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The stages of a cyclone include the disturbance, the tropical depression, a small storm, and a full-fledged storm. There are said to be 70 to 90 cyclones every year around the world, including:

  • Polar cyclones
  • Tropical cyclones
  • Extratropical cyclone
  • Mesocyclone

Is a Typhoon More Destructive?

A typhoon is just another name for a hurricane that forms in the Northwestern region over the Pacific Ocean. Typhoons start by being tropical thunderstorms. The wind sucks moisture from the oceans, and then transforms it into heat. Later, the heat makes the air move to the center of the typhoon, making it bigger and stronger. Typhoons damage crops, cause floods, and even destroy infrastructure.

There’s no actual difference between a hurricane and a typhoon. So, it’s just as destructive as a hurricane.

The Final Verdict: Is There Any Difference?

These natural phenomena are more or less the same but are given different names because of the different places they occur in. Cyclones are formed in the Indian and Pacific Ocean regions. Typhoons are formed above the Northwest Pacific Ocean. Hurricanes form above the Northeast Pacific and North Atlantic Oceanic regions.

Are You Looking For a Safe Room Shelter?

A safe room is a shelter that can be customized according to a person’s needs. It can keep you safe during a thunderstorm or a windstorm. If you’re looking for safe room shelters in Dallas, TX, get in touch with Safe Rooms US today.

Our Safe Rooms are designed following the FEMA criteria and can keep you, and your family safe during a hurricane or a thunderstorm.


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