14 Nov 5 Questions to Ask Before You Buy a Storm Shelter
Residential safe rooms are becoming more popular as families seek protection from violent tornadoes. And in Tulsa and Northeast Oklahoma, the options for buying safe rooms and tornado shelters seem to increase every season.
So how do you make an informed decision about which shelter is best for your family?
Here are 5 Questions to Ask Before You Buy a Storm Shelter
Has your shelter met FEMA’s P-320 and P-361 safety testing standards?
These standards ensure that your shelter is designed and constructed with the structural integrity to withstand the worst of tornadoes, storms, and flying debris. All Southern Safe Rooms shelters meet or exceed these standards and are designed and built with your family’s safety in mind.
How likely are you to be trapped by debris in your shelter?
Underground shelters were popular for years because they seem very safe. But people are often trapped inside after a storm when debris has piled against the door. Now, studies have shown that above ground shelters that meet FEMA standards are just as safe as underground shelters. Southern Safe Rooms are built above ground, with doors opening to the inside, so that even if a storm does pile debris in front of your door, you and your family can still get out safely!
Is your shelter accessible for handicapped individuals?
Many of us have family members to consider who need mobility assistance. But even if you don’t, what if a storm comes when Dad is in a wheelchair recovering from knee surgery? All of our safe rooms are built with a minimum 32” wide door, which is ADA compliant, and we can custom fit any size to meet the specific needs of your family.
How are the corners of your shelter held together?
Every Southern Safe Room is constructed with molded steel corners. Other shelters with bolted or welded corners may be compromised by falling debris or wind. Our molded corners increase the strength and stability of our shelters—and the safety of your family!
Can you afford not to have a storm shelter?
All of us in Oklahoma are all too aware of how dangerous tornadoes can be. In 2013, an EF5 ripped through Moore, Oklahoma, killing 24 people, including 9 children. This only two years after our neighbors in Joplin, MO were devastated by a tornado that killed 158. Our weather is unpredictable, and as Oklahomans, we have learned not to be afraid, but to be safe!