Last Updated: July 28, 2016 Did you know that above ground storm shelters are a safe and cost-effective storm shelter solution? Thta’s right: you can survive an EF5 tornado in above ground safe rooms.
That’s what FEMA says. As long as the shelters are constructed according to WERC and FEMA requirements:
Above ground storm shelters have the best possible combination of cost-effectiveness and protective mitigation features that exists today, and utilizing this type of shelter will result in fewer fatalities, fewer injuries and less damage in the event of a high energy wind event such as a tornado or hurricane,” according to a 2010 research paper, “Evaluation of Above Ground Storm Shelters,” available on the FEMA website.
Above Ground Safe Rooms are Safe, Says NSSA
Experts at the National Storm Shelter Association agree. “The evidence unequivocally demonstrates that above-ground safe rooms performed without failure during the Moore storms and delivered critical life safety to their occupants,” said Matt Williams, who serves on the NSSA board and is an executive vice president at Survive-a-Storm.
This above ground storm shelter at a destroyed home on SW 147th St. in Moore, OK, is still standing after taking the impact of May 20th’s EF5 tornado. In the background is the remains of Briarwood Elementary School. Thursday, May 30, 2013, Photo by Paul Hellstern, The Oklahoman
That statement is backed up by research performed by engineer Larry Tanner of the Wind Research Institute at Texas Tech University. Tanner has investigated tornado shelter performance in all major tornado outbreaks during the past 17 years. His investigations document a record of consistently excellent performance of properly constructed and installed above ground storm shelters.
Tanner and his research were cited in a May 31, 2013, article by Bryan Dean of The Oklahoman. The newspaper reported that Tanner and a team of researchers from the institute who toured Moore after the 2013 tornado found that all 16 above ground storm shelters or safe rooms that lay in or near the damage path of the storm survived and “performed great.”
The NSSA asserts that the best way to ensure shelters have been designed by a qualified engineer to meet FEMA guidelines and are tested by a qualified lab such as the Wind Research Institute at Texas Tech University, is to select an NSSA Producer Member as a storm shelter provider. Producer Members are required to meet rigorous tornado shelter quality assurance and ethical standards to qualify for membership and continue in good standing as members of the Association.
Above Ground Storm Shelters Provide Near Absolute Protection against EF5 Tornadoes, per FEMA Guidelines
As a Producer Member, Survive-a-Storm Shelters offers near absolute protection with our full line of above ground storm shelters as well as below ground shelters. All of our FEMA-compliant Survive-a-Storm Shelters have been tried and tested and are able to withstand winds and debris from any EF5 tornado.
And with affordable pricing and the many storm shelter loans we have made available to our customers, nearly anyone can afford one.
You can buy your storm shelter locally through Home Depot Stores in Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee, Kansas, Arkansas, Missouri, Texas, and and Oklahoma. They even sell our units on their website at www.homedepot.com.