STORM SHELTERS TULSA OK
Above Ground Storm Shelters
What makes a tornado so damaging? The wind, of course -- but more importantly, the debris it blows around. Most of the debris that comes from a really strong tornado (EF3 or above) is the result of structures being torn apart: buildings blown away, cars and other objects being tossed around, and most of all roofs or in some cases entire houses lifted into the air and blown anywhere from a few hundred feet to a mile or two away. Everyone knows these structures can be sucked up into a tornado, but not everyone knows that there are ways of preventing it. If you're gonna be above ground in such a storm, you essentially have two options: a) find a closet or crawlspace or small bathroom, hunker down, and hope your house doesn't get sucked into the void, or b) purchase a quality above-ground tornado shelter like the ones from Storm Shelters Tulsa.
That's not just hype. We use a customized anchor system that's engineered to match the exact thickness of the concrete slab that serves as the shelter's floor, and we install anchors every 12″ along the inside walls of our shelters. Those anchors are essentially big bolts that go right into the slab; air can't get under the structure when it's fully secured, and that means your storm shelter isn't going anywhere. Storm safes like ours, all of which are tested at Texas Tech's wind research center, meet or exceed the specs laid down by FEMA to keep an above-ground shelter on the ground. That testing also ensures that the notorious flying debris can't penetrate your doors or walls more than three inches (winds are simulated with a cannon that fires objects into our shelters at 250 mph!) and also keeps the really big objects, like cars, from crushing the roof.
Likewise, below-ground shelters have their own testing protocol at Texas Tech and their own FEMA guidelines for everything from the bolts on the door to the placement of it on your property -- all designed to ensure what the agency calls "near absolute" protection from the effects of a deadly tornado. Today's below ground tornado shelter is heavily customized and far removed from the root cellars of Grandma's day: multiple exits and angled openings ensure that debris won't hinder you from leaving your safe space when the worst is over, while self-sealing walls, sprays, and compounds keep the walls of your new shelter free of cracks, leaks, or mold for at least a decade, maybe longer. Best of all, we anchor our in-ground shelters exactly as well as we do our above-ground ones, which means your shelter won't flood or suddenly pop up out of the ground after a heavy rainstorm.
Speaking of Grandma, the below-ground shelter need no longer be reason for her to worry. They're easier than ever to get into, thanks to easy-open doors and handrails which are customizeable and made of lightweight aluminum, and more comfortable than the old root cellar, thanks to removable staircases and padded benches. In the end, whether you purchase one of our quality above-ground or below-ground shelters, you're equally and completely protected: whichever you choose is largely a matter of what works best for you, your family, and your property. Above-ground storm shelters are more mobile, while the in-ground type have the added protection of all that earth. Above-ground shelters are easier to locate anywhere on your property (including in or attached to the home itself!) yet below-ground shelters take up less space on your land. Get in touch with us here at Storm Shelters Tulsa and we'll be happy to help you decide!
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