Frequently Asked Questions
Will I need a building permit to install my tornado shelter?
Survive-A-Storm obtains thousands of permits a year. Give us a call, we can contact your local inspector and determine this. If you do need a permit, we can make the process painless.
Do you deliver your storm shelters?
Yes, we deliver to the lower 48 states with our own special equipment and keep storm shelters in stock for immediate pick-up in most of our five locations.
Do you install the tornado safe room, or do I have to install my safe room?
We have factory install teams that install our tornado shelters throughout tornado alley.
Do you pour the concrete for the safe room?
We can form and pour concrete for your safe room should you need this service.
Where can I install a storm shelter?
Our storm shelters can be installed in almost any location. Depending on the model, they can be buried outside, installed in garages, or assembled in basements.
How long does it take to install a storm shelter?
In most cases, above ground safe rooms can be installed in four hours or less. Even our underground tornado shelters can be usually be installed within one day.
When you install a storm shelter is there a mess to clean up?
No, our factory professionals clean up and you only sign your acceptance when you are 100% satisfied with the work.
How deep do you bury your underground tornado shelters?
We bury our underground storm shelters 12″ below the surface.
Can I install a tornado shelter myself?
Depending on your knowledge of construction you could reference our online YouTube videos and install your shelter.
How do you secure safe rooms to floor?
It is a misnomer that “bigger is better” when referring to concrete anchors. Most all safe rooms are installed on an existing 4″ concrete foundation. If a company advertises an anchor that has an embedment length of great than 3″ then the installer will most likely drill through the foundation. This will expose the anchor to the soils below and void the warranty. We use 3/8″ x 3″ embedment ITW Redhead anchors every 12″ on our shelters. Each anchor has an ultimate tension (pullout) strength of 5,940 pounds. Our Extreme 6×4, for example, is anchored with 20 ITW bolts with a holding power of 118,800 PSI. Our smaller Twister Pod is anchored with 12 ITW bolts yielding a holding power of 71,280 PSI. With these anchors, our shelters are over-engineered for your safety and we are sure not to void the warranty or design of the anchors.