The year is halfway done. And yet, The Weather Channel has already declared 2020 to be one of the deadliest tornado years in a decade!
As of now, 489 tornadoes have made a downfall in the U.S, with over 70 casualties reported. Four of those over 70 casualties resulted from tornadoes that were rated between EF2 and EF4.
Another factor that has contributed to loss of life is the occurrence of deadly tornadoes struck during the night. And since more people are sheltering in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s more likely that this will increase the death toll in the future.
That is why we are urging people in tornado-prone areas such as Fort Worth, Dallas, and other regions of Texas to take the right step and invest in a tornado shelter safe room!
With weather predictions estimated to be even more uncontrollable this year, many citizens are now choosing to have tornado shelters installed on their properties, with underground shelters being a more popular choice.
Yet, due to some mishaps in recent years regarding underground shelters, many homeowners are second-guessing their choice.
To put your worries to rest, US Safe Rooms offers some information on underground tornado shelters.
The Basics of Underground Shelters
Without a doubt, underground tornado shelters are still the safest option when it comes to choosing safe shelter from a storm or tornado.
Almost perfect in design, underground shelters (or safe rooms of any kind) are designed to meet FEMA guidelines and go through the Texas Tech Impact Test before being provided to the public.
But, keep in mind, not all tornado shelters will be created equal.
Some unfortunate stories have come to light involving underground shelters and people getting hurt because of stuck doors or water seeping into the shelter. In these cases, the problem is that most homeowners believe that underground shelters are all alike, whether it’s a new edition or an old, outdated model.
The great thing about underground tornado shelters from US Safe Rooms is that ours meet FEMA guidelines. But, if you’re thinking about investing in a cheap shelter or even a second-hand bunker, be warned that you will be putting your life at risk.
Constructing a Safe Storm Shelter
We have received queries from people worried about water getting into the shelter, which is a definite disadvantage with the underground option.
But the easy solution here is that instead of installing the storm shelter so that its flush with the floor of your garage floor, many homeowners have their shelter raised slightly above the level, whereas others choose to have their shelter door installed in a way that imitates an underground cellar entrance. So, even if there’s water from the storm, the entrance stays well above the floor level.