It’s no secret the government is giving away grant money to schools, Indian tribal councils, and other interest groups to purchase storm shelters.  Millions of dollars are being donated with the hopes that lives can be saved before the next tornado whisks through and destroys everything in its path.  Choosing the perfect shelter for large and small companies, school districts, tribal councils, or anyone else who is receiving funds allocated for community shelters is extremely important.  Any storm shelter company that is chosen to manufacture, deliver, and install community shelters should be FEMA compliant and offer near-absolute protection.

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Cracks and leaks can lead to crumbling.

Although concrete shelters seem to be a choice for some people, over time, concrete can crumble and crack.  If buried below the surface, the weight of the literal world could be too much to bear, causing stress fractures.  Since concrete shelters have seams that wrap around the entire shelter, chances of leaks and cracks are more evident.  While we trust concrete for so many things in our lives, crawling into a concrete shelter during a tornado is not one of them.

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Cracked concrete due to stress and pressure.

We are not discrediting concrete.  We rely on concrete foundations for our own products.  In fact, our field agents will test concrete foundations where we plan to install our above ground shelters. We also pour concrete pads when necessary in which we anchor our units.  Combining the concrete and the steel anchors ensures that no EF5 tornado can rip one of our shelters from its foundation.

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Concrete foundations are poured and tested by members of our team.

 

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Survive-a-Storm team members prepare our community shelter for anchoring to a concrete foundation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Some things to consider when looking for a shelter, whether it is residential or commercial, is this:

  1. Which materials are used in the construction?
  2. How is it anchored?
  3. Has it been tested?
  4. What is it rated?
  5. Who gauges the performance of the products?
  6. Does it meet FEMA standards?

Survive-a-Storm Shelters’ answer to those same questions:

  1. Steel
  2. Steel anchors mounted to concrete foundations that have been poured and/or tested.
  3. Yes, at the Texas Tech Wind Institute
  4. All our units have EF5 ratings
  5. We are producer members of the NSSA (National Storm Shelter Association). They are a 3rd party organization that was formed in 2001 with the idea of policing storm shelter manufacturers and resale of storm shelters or safe rooms to protect you and your family from tornadoes and other disasters.
  6. All our shelters meet/exceed FEMA guidelines and ICC-500 building codes.

The best time to start planning for tornadoes is now.  The best way to prepare for tornado season is by doing research, and then purchasing the best shelter on the market.  We are America’s #1 storm shelter provider.  Give us a call today to begin the process at 888-360-1492.

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