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Steps to Never Get Trapped Inside of Your Storm Shelter

Residents of Oklahoma have seen their fair share of tornadoes. These powerful storms can level houses and uproot trees in just seconds.


But, where does all the debris go?


It doesn’t just disappear. Often times it winds up in streets, on cars and even on top of storm shelters.

The thought of being trapped inside of a storm shelter for an extended period of time is sometimes a scarier thought then a tornado itself. It’s important to remember that almost anything is possible during a tornado. So, becoming  trapped inside of your shelter because of fallen debris is a very real possibility.

And although it is possible for debri to smash into the lid of your shelter and keeping it from opening, the chances of this happening are quite small.

However, like we said, anything is possible during a tornado. Here is a short list of things you can do to help prevent ever being trapped inside of your storm shelter.


1. Keep your complimentary come along jack inside your storm shelter

Many storm shelters come with a heavy-weight come along jack. You can use this to pull the front lid open in the case that there are heavy objects covering them. This should be inside your shelter at all times. If you have trouble using it, there should be an instruction pamphlet inside the box the jack comes in.

Make sure you know how to use the jack before you actually have to use the jack.


2. Let friends and family know you have a storm shelter and where it’s located

The more people that know where you are the better. If you do become trapped inside of your storm shelter, it is important for close friends and family to know you have one. That way, if they don’t hear from you for a long period of time after a storm, they know where to look for you first.


3. Keep your car parked on top of the shelter

Underground garage storm shelters are designed so that you can park a car on top of them and still have enough room to be able to get inside. The primary reason this important is because it limits you from having to move your car during the tornado.

With the car being parked over the storm shelter, this helps acts as a shield. All the debri that would fall on top of the storm shelter will instead fall on top of the car and fall off the sides. This should allow you room to get out of your shelter in the event of a direct hit.


4. Register your storm shelter

Most people that get a storm shelter installed at their property have to file for a permit with their city. After the shelter is installed, you should be able to call a number listed on the permit to register your storm shelter. This makes sure that in case of a direct hit, first responders will know where you are and will be checking in with you to make sure you are okay.

If you live outside of city limits or in a place that doesn’t require a permit for a storm shelter installation, you can call your closest fire department. Usually they can register the shelter for you at no charge.




Our mission at Southern Safe Rooms is to provide quality well-built safe rooms that exceed FEMA standards and are certified to withstand an EF5 tornado. All of our storm shelters are fabricated in Tulsa, Oklahoma with the expertise of 110+ years of steel manufacturing at the most competitive prices on the market today.

Call us today at (918) – 584 – 3371

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