Why F-5 Storm Shelters and Safe Rooms?
Our shelters have been tested by
the National Storm Shelter Association / Wind
Engineering Department in Lubbock, TX.
All of our Shelters are made to withstand the most
severe F5 tornados with winds up to 320 miles per hour.
Many of the shelters on the market today are made to
F.E.M.A. requirements of withstanding a medium range F4
tornado with winds of 250 mph. Our shelters are
designed by structural engineers. They have been tested
by the National Storm Shelter Association's wind
engineer department in Lubbock TX, as well as the
National Weather Channel. If you do have a tornado, the
shelter decision you have chosen could be the most
important decision you ever make. We can build you a
safe shelter for you and your family. We have built
shelters for 18 years for individuals, schools,
churches, businesses, daycares, ETC.
Most metal shelters on the market is made with metal
1/8" thick. Ours is much stronger.
Another thing to watch for is putting a steel storm
shelter and using the concrete floor instead of a metal
floor. If lightning strikes our shelter or even if a
power line fell on the shelter, you are safe inside. The
metal is a complete ground. If you have a concrete
floor, and you are touching the metal and the floor, you
are the ground.
Why do I need a Storm
Shelter or Safe room?
Spring is tornado season in the South with 50% of
all tornadoes occurring between the months of April and
June. Most tornadoes occur between noon and sunset.
However, tornadoes are unpredictable, and can occur any
time, day or night, January through December. The
eastern 2/3 of the
has the greatest concentration of tornadoes on earth.
Safe rooms not only protect you from storms but can also
offer protection for you and your valuables from thieves
and from those wishing you or your family harm.
Thunderstorms and their attendant tornadoes
typically move northeasterly or easterly, but tornado
tracks can be erratic. Tornadoes move forward at speeds
ranging from nearly stationary to 60 M.P.H. or more.
Measurements from the Doppler Radar give top speeds in
the 250-300 M.P.H. range.
started checking into building underground shelters, we were
very thorough. We talked to several engineers about
the structure, strength,
and durability of different types
We were interested in
shelters because they were cheaper, light, and easy to install. We
were warned that a fiberglass shelter is not safe from a severe tornado.
Then we started
shelters. Again, these shelters have many bad points. The concrete
walls sweat and often become moldy inside. Sometimes the concrete
cracks and seeps water.
thoroughly checked into
shelters, and found that if coated properly, they are safe, long-lasting,
and stay dry inside. Compare our shelters to any other on the market.
They are better than any we have found. You might find a cheaper
shelter, but it will not have the quality of our shelters.
Don't forget, we custom
Our shelters are ideal for
churches, fire departments, town halls,
schools, etc. We now build large shelters for
businesses and communities...up to 160 person occupancy
Our safe rooms can go inside any home
that is going to be built, or outside existing homes.
If you live in a low lying area or an area prone to rising
waters from hurricanes, etc. we have the ideal safe room for
you. We can put a safe room in the first floor of a
two story home with the door entrance to the safe room on
top. Now you can enter the saferoom from the second floor of
your home. The entrance can be inside a closet or any where
you choose. When this is done, the water would be 8' or 9'
deep inside your home before it can enter the safe room.
These safe rooms can be put under homes that are built up on
poles in low lying areas where the entrance is still inside
the home. These have to be installed before the home is
built. We can put these outside an existing home. When we do
this, we build steps on the outside of the shelter going up
to the top. Once you are at the top, you open the door and
step into the shelter and go down the steps inside.
Looking for a Fallout Shelter?
Fallout Shelters is a division of F-5 Storm Shelters &