Advanced renditions of shelters are becoming increasingly popular. Many people have come to realize that a basement alone does not mean protection for their families. A tornado shelter requires careful planning to be truly effective, and will often double as an earthquake shelter in areas prone to experiencing both.The door to this room is an important consideration. A steel door in a steel frame is the best option. It should incorporate three deadbolts opposite three heavy duty hinges, all made of steel, to provide the maximum stability to the door, and protection against the possibility of large, heavy flying debris.Safe rooms can be built to any size your desire, but you are strongly encouraged to request the free booklet available from FEMA. This valuable planning tool details specifications for rooms of each size.With careful planning your room can also double as a storage pantry, bathroom or, if you place it outside, as a shed. And of course this is the perfect place to store your documents and valuables to assure they will survive a weather crisis.
With a little extra planning, your room will do double duty in protection as an earthquake shelter. Many of the same requirements are present as for a tornado shelter, but a few details need to be added.Earthquake protection also involves securing large appliances, especially those using gas, so they will not rupture during a seismic event. It would be tragic for your family to survive an initial event only to perish as the result of leaking natural gas. Unless you are handy, it is best to leave these precautions to professionals; the cost is generally minimal and the peace of mind priceless.
It is also helpful to be trained and to train your family members in First Aid and CPR.
In any natural disaster governmental and private sources of assistance are overwhelmed.
You may need to help not only your family, but perhaps friends and neighbors who have not prepared as well as you and your family.
Earthquakes generally bring more widespread damage than tornadoes, and more damage to underlying structures. For this reason, it is important to have at least three days food and water available for your family in your shelter .Find what you need here, and don’t hesitate to contact us if you have questions