Does a Root Cellar Offer Tornado Protection?
December 30, 2013
Have you ever climbed down into a root cellar?
Complete with a shaky, unstable ladder and a dusty dirt floor? Most have just a flat piece of wood over the opening. It will keep fruits, and veggies cool all year long.
As for safety--when it's time to hunker down from a raging EF-5 tornado, is this where you really want to be?
And what about family members who would have difficulty getting down that wobbly ladder in a hurry? Do we risk Grandma, Grandpa, or even a disabled family member? Getting them in and out of a root cellar might prove to be overly challenging, and you might wind up hurting them in the process.
Today's Options for Tornado Shelters
Lucky for us, we live in the 21st century, where technology is advanced, and building codes are in place to protect us and truly keep us safe. We now have state-of-the-art steel storm shelters engineered to hold steady under the weight of the earth. They are coated in coal tar epoxy to keep out water.
Today's storm shelters, like those built by Survive-a-Storm Shelters, also have heavy-duty steel doors with six-point locking systems, which will withstand both falling debris and the powerful vacuum-like winds of a powerful tornado. We've even solved the wobbly ladder problem: stairways welded onto the storm shelters, making entering and exiting your storm shelter a breeze.
Sure, you can still store your potatoes and cabbages in your root cellar. You might just not want to climb in there with your kids during a violent wind storm, is all.
If you are interested in checking out our variety of storm shelters and are interested in finding out what kind of storm shelter loans and financing options we have available at Survive-A-Storm Shelters, then give us a call at 888-360-1492. We can help you decide between an above ground or underground steel storm shelter.