Storm Shelter Changes

We’ve Come a Long Way, Baby!

We all remember that famous storm scene in one of the most famous movies of all-time, The Wizard of Oz, where Auntie Em and Uncle Henry are gathering everyone into their storm cellar as the mighty twister starts bearing down on their family’s idyllic Kansas farm.  I have watched this scene countless times and always have the same question run through my brain…”Wonder what the inside of that storm shelter looked like?”  Being that the iconic film was from 1938 the answer is probably quite simple: not very fancy!The very first storm shelters were very basic structures that were designed with one mission in mind, to withstand the powerful winds that encompass a tornado.

All of the Survive-a-Storm shelter models are made of American made steel and are debris impact tested by Texas Tech University Wind Science and Engineering Research Center (WISE).

The underground shelter was typically made of concrete and used for many different purposes in its unoccupied time. Some were used as storage for canned vegetables and jellies while others provided a place to store unused farm equipment and supplies.  The storm shelter took on a completely different look in the 1960s and 70s with the development and use of FRP, fiber-reinforced plastic, commonly known as fiberglass.  These shelters were easy to create, but not without flaws.  In the 1980s, numerous local governments began outlawing shelters made with inferior fiberglass material.  These municipalities found the storm shelter’s structural integrity could be compromised from chemicals seeping through the soil.  These chemicals could actually penetrate the fiberglass creating a decomposition issue and render the shelter useless.  Steel storm shelters came on the radar relatively recently and provide the ultimate in protection from a tornado or any storm with potentially damaging winds.

Underground storm shelter
Couple stands near the entrance of their newly installed underground storm shelter.
Storm shelter FEMA compliant
The Twister Pod model from Survive-a-Storm Shelters that survived the impact of a tornado. This steel structure was one of the only buildings left standing after the storm.

We offer many models from which to choose ranging from above ground safe rooms to underground storm shelters.  You can still store Auntie Em’s jelly inside, but our options go way beyond that.  When developing your personalized safe room or storm shelter the possibilities are extremely exciting.  How does a customized storm shelter with a flat-screen television sound?  Or comfortable bunk beds for your kids?  What about a microwave?  We make these possibilities become reality at Survive-a-Storm.  Call or come by our Oklahoma City showroom today to discover why Survive-a-Storm is the best in the industry.  We’ll be waiting for you…and Toto!

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