All of our Storm Shelters meet the National Performance Criteria for Tornado Shelters...more specifically, our storm shelters (and safe rooms) meet and exceed the requirements as directed in FEMA P-320 and FEMA P-361. Remember, many shelters on the market don't meet these requirements. Our shelters are built for safety, comfort, and long life expectancy. Our Shelters will provide a space where you and your family can survive a tornado, hurricane, or other disaster.
Basic Storm Shelters consist of these standard features:
- Metal shelter with heavy duty channel iron bracing.
- Prepackaged magnesium anodes. Each shelter receives the required number of these anodes for cathodic protection against corrosion. These anodes add many years to the already long life expectancy of our shelters.
- Double exterior coating for flawless moisture protection.
- Interior is primed, painted, and carpeted.
- Turbine vent keeps fresh air circulating through the shelter. Each vent has insect screens.
- We install (4) heavy duty hinges and (4) heavy duty latches on door. Each door has a (3/4") 3 point slide quick latch.
- Door also has lift cylinders to make it easy to lift and lower.
- The top of our storm shelters are approximately 2’ below ground.
- Door opening is approximately 30” x 70”
- Regular steps with removable handrail.
- We install welded on junction boxes, light switch boxes, & plug in boxes in each shelter.
- Inlets for electric lines, cable, telephone lines, etc.
- We install a 100 amp breaker box in each shelter.
Please check the area where the shelter will be installed and make sure that there are no underground lines and no above ground power lines directly over the shelter location. Please remove trees, fences, etc. so that we may install the shelter.
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A Message about F-5 Storm Shelters
When we started checking into building underground shelters, we were very thorough. We talked to several engineers about the structure, strength, and durability of different types of shelters. We were interested in fiberglass 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 researching concrete shelters. Again, these shelters have many bad points. The concrete walls sweat and often become moldy inside. Sometimes the concrete cracks and seeps water. Then, we thoroughly checked into metal 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.