Did you know that tornadoes are responsible for over $400 million in structural damage each year?
If you live in an area prone to such storms, it's critical to invest in a storm shelter. These shelters provide a secure place for residents to go when a severe storm strikes.
There are many different types of storm shelters out there. How do you know which one is right for your home?
In this post, we give you all the details you need to find the best storm shelter for your home. Keep reading for insight!
What Is a Storm Shelter?
In an emergency, homeowners can camp out in a storm shelter. These 'safe rooms' protect occupants from the hazards of intense storms, including tornados.
Most storm shelters are placed close to one's home. They can be above ground or in-ground.
Storm shelters are made of a variety of materials and come in a wide range of styles and sizes. There are even commercial storm shelters available! For the sake of this post, however, we'll be focusing on residential storm shelters.
Types of Storm Shelters
What types of storm shelters are available to homeowners? Quite a few, actually!
In-ground storm shelters are embedded in the earth itself. These are sometimes referred to as underground bunkers or storm cellars.
The entrance to in-ground shelters is typically parallel to ground level and set at an angle to allow debris to slide off. These shelters are often made of concrete and rebar.
It's even possible to place your in-ground shelter in your garage. In-ground shelters often have emergency exits in case of debris blockage.
Above Ground Shelters
Above ground shelters are not embedded in the earth. They can be placed anywhere in your home, including closets and basements. They are just as secure as in-ground shelters, if not more so.
Because they are above ground, these shelters are ideal for families with handicapped members. They can also be used to protect against intruders.
Above ground shelters are generally easier to access than in-ground shelters. They can be concrete, welded, or modular. Most have emergency exits in place and air vents for easy breathing.
What Is the Best Storm Shelter for My Home?
The storm shelter you choose will depend upon your home's size, property, and local ordinances. Check to see what your county and FEMA say about safe rooms in your area before investigating further.
The best storm shelter for your home will also be big enough for all occupants. Our shelter models, for example, range from three-person to fourteen-person.
It will also be secure and easy to access. Most homeowners will appreciate a shelter that locks from the outside to keep intruders at bay. The same goes for shelters made of indestructible material, such as steel.
Choose a model that has emergency exits in place so you don't have to worry about being trapped inside your safe room. Our modular shelters, for example, have in-shelter wrenches to ensure ease of exit.
Here at Atlas Safe Rooms, we know that choosing a storm shelter is a serious decision. In fact, we can help you choose the best storm shelter for your home!
Browse our collection of above-ground safe rooms here.