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We offer the following as a public service and hope it will be of value as our readers plan for . Pre-made and do-it-yourself tornado shelters can be had for very little cash, or necessitate a second mortgage. Between the extremes, most families labor to balance apparent need against feasibility and affordability. We thought it useful to make a quick survey of shelter information including a few actual commercial offerings. We have no affiliation with these businesses and thought we do not recommend or endorse them, we felt that the information might stimulate thinking. We counsel the reader to be aware of environmental hazards and to use common sense as the first line of defense. Remember, no one is too smart, too handsome/beautiful, righteous, or lucky to avoid adversity. A modicum of intelligent thinking followed by reasonable action can mean the difference between life and death for loved ones.

 

From Smart Shelters Inc.: Each tornado storm shelter and safe room is manufactured in our Oklahoma City, OK facility and is dedicated to strict high quality standards to insure you are safe when your life depends on it. We include a Lifetime Transferable Warranty with all in-garage storm shelters and safe rooms to protect the homeowner from any defect that might lead to leakage or floating.


From Family Shelter SYstems inc: FamilySAFE saferooms are a great way to provide safety and security for your family.  The majority of our saferooms are installed in existing homes, usually in  the garage or carport area.  We also offer an outdoor installation solution for homes that don't have a garage or carport, utilizing a special concrete pad that will properly secure an outdoor saferoom.

From Tornado tech Shelters: Layered flexible steel walls, concurrent anchoring methods, evenly distributed ventilation, and dual swing (in or out) doors with top to bottom ‘continuous’ hinges make the Tornado Tech Shelter the new standard in above ground safe rooms.

From Fiber Glass Creations: The Fiberglass Creations design team has surveyed and completed extensive research to determine the best design for a feeling of spaciousness, comfort, and maximum storage.

From Life Saver Storm Shelters of Georgia: The walls and top all poured at one time, 8in thick walls, rebar on 1 foot centers, each way FEMA only requires 6in thick slab/walls and rebar on 14in centers.  Rebar is anchored in the footers, coming up out of slab, on 1 foot centers, to tie with wall pour.

From FEMA: This brochure is about FEMA 320, Taking Shelter From the Storm, Building a Safe Room For Your Home or Small Business, which is now in its third edition. It describes briefly how having a safe room built for your home or small business can help provide “near-absolute protection” for you and your family or employees from injury or death caused by the dangerous forces of extreme-winds such as tornadoes and hurricanes.

 

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