Category Archives: Safe Rooms

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What Do You Keep Inside A Safe Room In The Event Of Disaster?

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Disasters are unfortunately not uncommon.

When a tornado or hurricane strikes, you and your loved ones won’t have time to grab the essentials and head to your safe room.

So it’s essential that you keep the following in your safe room well beforehand to sustain yourselves.

Water and Food

Since up to 75% of our bodies are made of water, and we need regular hydration, it’s essential to keep water in stock. Try to space out how often you drink it so that you don’t run out fast, but drink water regularly to avoid dehydration.

Keep non-perishable food items in stock like canned soups, canned meats, granola bars, fruit bars, and protein bars.

A Portable Toilet

To keep the safe room’s insides sanitary and because you’ll need to go eventually, it’s advisable to keep a portable toilet inside your safe room while you wait out the emergency.

First Aid

Prepare for possible injuries from the storm or tornado in advance so that you can treat them when you get inside your safe room.

A first aid kit and other survival kit items like food, water, etc.

Portable Chargers

Keep fully charged portable chargers for your phones or other electronic devices in the event of a storm or other emergency.


You don’t want to spend hours in the dark while you wait out the storm. So keep battery-packed flashlights inside your safe room with extra batteries as well.

Get an Impact-Tested Safe Room For Yourself And Your Family Now

Get in touch with US Safe Rooms to get a storm shelter in Texas and Oklahoma. All our safe rooms are custom-built, meet or exceed FEMA guidelines, and have passed the Texas Test Impact Test.

We provide top-notch tornado shelters in Plano, Arlington, and other cities in the State of Texas, as well as in Oklahoma. We can install our safe rooms in part of your existing home’s garage or a separate exterior. We can build your new safe room from scratch in any size you desire, down to the last inch, as quickly as 7-10 days! For further information about our safe room services, contact us here.

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Just How Safe Are Safe Rooms? Here’s What You Need To Know

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Safe rooms provide shelter in emergency events like tornados and hurricanes. Texas has the most tornadoes annually in the United States, averaging at about 132 tornadoes just last year. The Southern parts of the US as a whole are experiencing unprecedented storms that are injuring and killing people.

So, it makes perfect sense to get a safe room for yourself and your family.

But you’ve got to wonder, why is a safe room “safe”? How does it operate? Why can it withstand even an EF5 Tornado?

Here, you’ll learn the answers to these questions and more.

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Steps to Order A Tornado Safe Room

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Safe Rooms have become a must-have in houses to protect yourself and your loved ones.

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How Safe Rooms Are Elder-Friendly

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Dealing with harsh weather conditions like storms and tornadoes are a way of life when you live in the Tornado Valley. In 2020 alone, there were 1053 reported tornadoes. Tornadoes, coupled with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic are less than suitable conditions for senior loved ones, making it more important than ever to have a safe room installed for the safety of the whole family.

Here are some reasons why safe rooms are more suitable for seniors compared to underground shelters:

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Storm safe rooms tend to get dirty after some time. Learn what steps you should take to ensure a safe and clean storm safe room need clean out

How to Clear Out Your Storm Safe Room

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Storm safe rooms are used across the Tornado Alley as a safe haven for when a tornado is near a residential population. People have safe rooms in their homes for their safety and this isn’t a very new concept. The history of safe rooms started from the Cold War era, where bunkers were quite commonly constructed in case a nuclear war broke out. The same concept was used to make safe rooms, which then became a popular one-time purchase in the Tornado Alley.

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The Correct Way to Relocate Your Storm Safe Room

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Safe rooms are starting to become a common sight in homes across Texas and Oklahoma, because of the high number of tornadoes that these states experience. Being part of the tornado alley of the US, states like Texas, Missouri, South Dakota, Oklahoma, Nebraska, and Kansas experience at least 1000 tornadoes each year.

Last year, even though the number of tornadoes decreased, the fatality rate increased by almost 90%. As climate change and other natural disasters start to increase, residents in the Tornado Alley should always be prepared for the worst and plan accordingly.

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Stock Up Your Safe Room with These X Items

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One of the most common questions we’re asked is: what do we stock in our tornado shelters? While the answer can differ from house to house, it’s important to have our bases covered.

Just remember: your supplies for the safe room should be separate from home supplies in case an emergency occurs and you’re stuck in your shelter for hours.

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A Guide to Choosing Between Above Ground and In-Ground Storm Shelters

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When you envision tornado shelter rooms in Texas, you may be envisioning the standard in-ground shelters that were traditionally used. Although in-ground shelters can be the traditional and obvious choice, they may not be the best one anymore.

Multiple instances of fatal drowning and accidents led engineers to think of a better solution — and above-ground tornado safe rooms were born! Here’s your complete guide to choosing between the two options.

Why Below-Ground Shelters Were Preferred

In-ground shelters, as obvious by the name, are shelters that are built below the ground level. These shelters were usually reinforced with steel or concrete and usually has a door that opens up like a trap door on the ground surface.

These shelters were created so that people could protect themselves from the violent winds and dangerous debris flying around during a tornado and storm. The idea was that any kind of structure above the surface would fly away or suffer terrible damage and be unsafe.

These shelters also resolved the problem of space. Since below-ground shelters were built exclusively underground, it was easy to place them anywhere and open the door wherever it was convenient.

The Problems with Below Ground Shelters

However, just because below-ground shelters were the traditional choice doesn’t mean they didn’t present problems. First of all, normal basements were often used as shelters, which is not how they work! You have to create a concrete or steel-reinforced barrier around a shelter for it to be effective.

Second, the problem of flash floods was a serious concern. Storms often accompany tornadoes, and water has seeped into shelters in the past, causing deaths. That’s why below-ground shelters are considered to be a hazard sometimes.

Last, the entranceways for in-ground shelters are usually flat on the ground’s surface, which is a hazard where tornadoes are concerned. Debris can fly around and land on the door, blocking the door and preventing people from leaving the shelter.

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Choosing Above-Ground Shelters Instead

Choosing robust above-ground shelters can address the problems and concerns addressed above, but they can also be intimidating for people to consider. The idea of having a shelter above the ground or outside the building seems like an inefficient solution.

However, above-ground storm shelters are usually bolted to the ground with industrial-grade equipment. Additionally, the above-ground shelters available on our website have passed both FEMA’s standards for shelters and rank high with the Texas Tech Impact Test.

Our steel tornado shelters in Texas have been shown to stand well against the impact of an EF-5 tornado too, which is the strongest scale by which we measure tornadoes. Additionally, we offer community storm shelters in custom dimensions to ensure your comfort and safety. Order yours today!

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4 Steps for Installing a Safe Room in Your Home

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There’s usually no doubt involved in making the decision to install a storm and tornado shelter, but that doesn’t mean that’s where your involvement should end.

When you make the decision to install a steel tornado shelter in your home, there are some considerations to take into account, like location, storage, and power. Make sure you don’t delay this essential task in Texas since an emergency can happen any time!

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Things to Keep in Your Emergency Kit for Storm Shelters

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Just moving into a storm shelter when rough weather kicks in isn’t enough. There are different items that you’ll require while you wait out the storm. Your stay inside a storm shelter could last for a couple of days, and most of the facilities outside will also be closed, so it’s crucial to have them all ready before you go inside. Here are the essentials:

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