This is a discussion on Let's talk about storm cellars/shelters within the Home (And Away From Home) Defense Discussion forums, part of the Related Topics category; I live in Houston and am seriously considering something like this. Due to the fact we are a sea level, homes here to not have ...
I live in Houston and am seriously considering something like this. Due to the fact we are a sea level, homes here to not have basements, so I am guessing the in ground slap shelters have local issues to over come. Just not very comfortable with the "crawl in a bath tub" solution. We don't get a lot of tornados in Houston, but we do get a stray hurricane now and then.
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I just bought one of these and is the best investment ever. I live close to Memphis and while they are few and far between like others said, when it comes to my family I don't really care. I bought mine from tswstormshelters.com and for $6,000 I got a steel one installed under my carport. They do the sawcutting, demo, instal, and pour 3 yards of cement back in place. The door is almost flush to the slab and it holds 10 adults tight. I'm in construction myself so I knew it was a decent deal. Lifetime warranty amd my wife will be stocking it up as soon as they get done. Just to let you know...
In Arkansas, where I live, I also get a $1000 rebate instant.
Living in the part of Missouri I do, I'm right in the heart of Tornado Alley. I've lived through several, and a couple have leveled homes or buildings just a few short blocks from where I have lived in the past.
The house I just bought has no basement. Since I also have a 40 x 50 ft shop/garage with concrete floor the prior owners built to house an RV & boat, I have no real use for the two car attached garage in my house.
My #1 priority is to renovate the two car garage and turn it into a 670 square foot master bedroom suite with master bath and walk-in closet. Part of that renovation will be installing a 7 x 14 ft combination gun vault/safe room. With 6 to 8 inch reinforced concrete walls and ceiling. It will also be a "certified" above ground storm shelter. My son-in-law who is a builder, has installed about 5 or 6 of those in new home constructions around Kansas City in recent years. He said no problem, with my garage renovation. Since he is also a master cabinet maker, and since it's going to also serve as a gun vault/safe room, we'll be installing a secret doorway for entry.
Hopefully, I'll have that project finished within the next 24 months. In the mean time, I keep my fingers crossed and hope the tornadoes keep missing us. However, where I live, not having protection from tornadoes isn't a wise option.
There are many options out there these days for retrofitting storm shelters in homes without a basement and I recommend people seriously look into some sort of storm protection if they don't have any.
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I build and sell storm shelters and concrete earth shelters. Basic 4'x4'x7' above ground shelter with 6"x6'x6' base are $2000 plus shipping from Ft. Worth Tx. Free in the metro plex
Been to Joplin and got to say.... There was a lot of above ground "shelters" that didn't last in the f-5 that came through. A lot of also "safe rooms" have you, were leveled to the slab. Hell, there was even people who got in there basements and died from the house collapsing. According to FEMA I thought that you needed to be below grade to be safe?
The two by four shot into a wall is really not much of a test. I had my concrete concrete. Go to tested, 6000 lb with fiber mesh, and it was a 3rd stronger than slab concrete or regular construction concrete. Go to vaughnconcreteproducts.com and see their tests. Above ground is much safer than people thinl. In flash flooding, would not want to be under ground.
Being in construction I do actualy know a lot of facts about concrete and mesh or fiber cement. It is ridiculously strong. I also agree about the 2x4 test, but when you have a F-5 with 300 + mph winds, if that throws a car or truck or boat into your walls, I'm sorry but it won't stand up. Like I said, they are great and way better than nothing but I saw rooms like this leveled out in Joplin. Also I agree about flash flooding but I am well above all the flooding zones. We have gotten tons of rain and water here lately by the Mississippi river, and thank god none of it got close to me.
But on a more serious (but funny) note, some people I know back in Alabama have the rear end of an ambulance buried up into the bank across the highway from their house. I've also heard of people doing something similar with vans and even station wagons.
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