Category Archives: Tornado Shelters

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Underground vs. Above Ground Tornado Shelter Rooms

Category : Blog , Tornado Shelters

The frenzied comments like „you won’t survive a tornado if you’re not underground” can be misleading. Safe rooms can equally save lives and increase your chances of survival. Let’s find out what is underground and above-ground storm shelter rooms and compare their benefits.

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Tornado Shelter Rooms: How to Get Best Value for Your Money

Category : Blog , Tornado Shelters

Are your house or building prepared for the next storm?

Tornado shelters in Texas can withstand any violent storm. They stay anchored during extreme violent conditions to protect occupants from flying debris and strong winds. Knowing which shelter to install can be tricky.

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How to Prepare for Tornado If You Have Pets?

Category : Blog , Tornado Shelters

Whether you’ve always been a pet owner or just brought a furry family member home, one thing is certain: a natural disaster is a time to prepare. Many of us consider pets family members and would go to great lengths to protect our pets during an emergency.

Here are some tips for preparing for tornadoes if you have pets.

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The Suitable Fit: Underground or Above Ground Safe Rooms?

Category : Blog , Tornado Shelters

Frequent tornadoes are one of the most common natural hazards in the United States. In 2020, there were 1,075 tornadoes reported.

While you can’t do too much to keep your home safe, you can take steps to keep yourself, your family, and your belongings safe. One of these steps in having a storm shelter installed.

If you’re unsure about the differences between underground and above-ground storm shelters, you’re at the right place. Find out the type of safe room shelter that suits your needs best by learning more about both in this blog post.

Things To Know about Above-Ground Storm Shelters

Easier To Get Into

There have been some situations where underground safe rooms were so hidden under debris that searching for them became unnecessarily difficult and dangerous. Whereas, above ground storm shelters are easily accessible.

Easier To Move

People do move homes often, and moving an underground safe room would be a challenging and expensive procedure. On the other hand, moving above-ground storm shelters is relatively easier.

Cheaper Installation

Above-ground storm shelters can be placed anywhere with enough space. It is anchored on concrete slabs on the ground. As compared to installing underground shelters, which is a lengthier and more expensive process as it involves digging.

Things To Know About Underground Safe Room Shelters

More Protected

Underground shelters are built up of steel and concrete. Since they are placed underneath, they are better protected from heavy winds and rain.

Risk Of Flooding

This is one of the major concerns for homeowners with underground shelters. There are cases where people have died drowning in flash flooding and heavy rains followed by the storm.

Accumulation of Debris

Accumulation of debris causes the underground safe room shelter’s door to jam. The homeowners end up being trapped for a long time since they can’t open the door.

You can weigh the pros and cons of both types of safe room shelters and can form a calculated decision accordingly. Our team would suggest you build above-ground storm shelters that are more cost-effective and safer.

Contact us at 469-629-6000 for further inquiries.

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Should You Get an Above-Ground or In-Ground Shelter?

Category : Blog , Tornado Shelters

Storm shelters come in two major categories — above-ground shelters and in-ground shelters. Wondering which one is better? Well, that’s a debate. Where some people believe underground shelters are safer, many prefer to install above-ground shelters in their homes.

Here we’ll go through some factors that distinguish the underground and aboveground shelters, to help you choose the best one according to your needs.

Underground shelters

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Underground or in-ground shelters are mostly placed under the garage or in yards. They are typically built from concrete or steel. They perform maximum security because of their strategic positioning.

In 2021, approximately 784 tornadoes occurred in the US alone. When a windstorm occurs, there is a risk of getting injuries from the flying wreckage. Besides, tornadoes can also cause serious damage to the house equipment and materials. According to a report by Aon, around $10 billion of insured losses take place in the United States because of these storms. An underground shelter can protect you from significant damage.

That said, many researchers think that underground shelters are prone to numerous risks. Oftentimes, windstorms are followed by floods or heavy rain. In such cases, people can get trapped in the underground and even drown in the flood.

Above-ground shelters

Above-ground shelters can be seamlessly integrated into a home as a pantry, closet, or small room. These days above-ground are generally preferred more because of their ease of accessibility.

Although above-ground shelters can take up some of your living space, they can come in handy when an emergency arises. Besides, they are less prone to critters, water seepage, and flooding risks.

Above-ground shelters are also a more suitable option for elderly or disabled individuals. When an emergency arises, you don’t have time to drag down the wheelchair and they don’t have enough strength to go down steep stairs. Above-ground shelters, therefore, are ideal for individuals with limited mobility.

Today, above-ground shelters are generally equipped with cutting-edge technology and come with more user-friendly and customizable options. For instance, an above-ground shelter with a sliding door can prevent the residents from getting trapped. What’s more is that above-ground shelters are modular, which means that you can conveniently relocate and/or expand them according to your needs. They also come with multiple emergency exits, thus reducing the risk of getting stuck inside.

Choose the right storm shelter for your home

Before investing in a storm shelter, make sure that you have a thorough understanding of both categories of shelters. It’s important to understand your needs and requirements to make a better choice.

At US Safe Rooms we can assess your home and provide you high-quality storm shelters in Fort Worth and Dallas at affordable rates. Feel free to contact us to discuss your concerns with our representatives.

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3 Reasons Your Commercial Business Will Benefit From A Storm Shelter

Category : Blog , Tornado Shelters

In the event of a hurricane, are you, your employees, and your business safe?

In addition to that, with the recent uptick in shootings and robberies in the US, now is the most critical time to invest in a safe room or storm shelter.

Here are three reasons your business will benefit from a storm shelter.

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All You Need to Know About FEMA Guidelines for Tornado Shelters

Category : Blog , Tornado Shelters

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has outlined standards for designing and constructing safe rooms. The main criteria for safe room design and construction are FEMA P-320, FEMA P-361 and FEMA P-431 for tornado protection. Safe room manufacturers and contractors should be FEMA compliant to ensure their structures can withstand natural disasters. Let’s look at the FEMA standards in detail:

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Does Your Business Really Need a Storm Shelter?

Category : Blog , Storms , Tornado Shelters

You’re ready to go home after a long day at work, and just as you get up to leave, the lights start to flicker, you hear sirens going off, and you see a tornado headed your way. What do you do?

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3 Maintenance Hacks For Your Storm Shelter

Category : Blog , Storms , Tornado Shelters

Due to global warming, there has been an influx of storm activity across the North Atlantic. Scientists and citizens alike are worried about the unpredictable and harsh weather changes that are set to unfold in the coming months.

The best way to ensure your safety during tornadoes and storms is to invest in a storm shelter. However, the preparation doesn’t stop there. Here are some maintenance tips you should follow, so your storm shelter is in the best condition in case you have to use it.

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