Last Updated: July 28, 2016 Everyone wants to know. Which storm shelter is safest? Above ground? Underground? Should we make above ground tornado shelter plans? We did some research, and according to experts like Larry Tanner of the Texas Tech Wind Institute and Dr. David Prevatt, the Assistant Professor of the University of Florida Wind Department of Civil and Coastal Engineering, above ground is a great way to go.Let’s look at some facts about above ground tornado shelters:
- In Tanner’s 15 years of research, No one has ever been killed or injured in an approved safe room.
- Safe rooms built to FEMA guidelines can handle a 3,000 pound vehicle being dropped on them without any problem.
- Above ground tornado shelters provide easier accessibility, not only for the elderly, but for the handicapped as well.
- In an above ground, there is no fear of flooding.
- Above ground shelters perform perfectly during the testing phase when a cannon fires a series of EF-5 level shots.