Safe Zone: Where To Put Your Storm Shelter

Safe Zone: Where To Put Your Storm Shelter

You’ve decided to purchase a safe room or storm shelter. It’s the safest place you can be during a storm. The only question is, where do you put it? Before you start digging and before the crews arrive, we’re going to help you decide where is the ideal place to put your new shelter… Whether you bought it for yourself, your family, or even your workplace, many people prefer storm shelters when it comes to severe weather because of their tough design and ability to withstand the elements. Also, since it’s buried underground, it takes up virtually no space, making it ideal for those who desire something a little safer when a storm rolls through. So after reading the testimonials and doing some research, you’re having your storm shelter delivered next week. Only where are you going to put it? FOR EXISTING HOMES: Convenience is one of the biggest factors in deciding where it’s going to go. The key is to place it as close to the home as possible to create the easiest access. This could be right next to a door to the backyard or off a patio, or even a garage (more on that below). However, many prefer to not have to run outside and leave the comfort of their own home to take shelter. Needless to say, if you can avoid have to run outside in the pouring rain, hail, or wind, that’s icing on the cake. For those who don’t want to run outside and face the elements, the garage is a common option, especially if it’s connected to the home. This way, you won’t...
This or That: Basements vs. Storm Shelters

This or That: Basements vs. Storm Shelters

In the case of severe weather, it’s important to take shelter, be it a basement or a separate storm shelter. So which is the best option for you and your family? What is the difference between the two? Today we’ll take a look at both and answer the burning question… The best place to take shelter is underground, making something like a basement/cellar or a storm shelter the ideal place to go. After all, most injuries or fatalities during a storm are caused by flying debris or shrapnel and not the storm itself. So we know that the safest place to be is underground, but which option is best for you? To answer that question, let’s take a look at both basements and storm shelters: BASEMENTS: By definition, a basement refers to “the lowermost portion of a structure.” This room is either completely or partially underground, and is deemed the safest place to be in a house during a tornado or severe weather. When taking shelter in a basement, be sure to stay away from any windows or doors if it is only partially underground. If it is completely underground, make sure the doorway is secure. Unlike a storm shelter or a safe room (more on that later), the ceilings may not be built to handle falling objects. When taking cover, it’s a good idea to get under a stairwell or a sturdy piece of furniture. Also be sure to avoid any heavy objects that might be above you, and use coverings (pillows, blankets, sleeping bags, etc.) and wear a helmet to shield yourself from any flying debris. STORM SHELTERS: In...

Before The Storm: 10 Tips For Severe Weather Preparedness

Severe Weather Preparedness Week starts March 15, and only one question needs to be asked: are you prepared? Between tornadoes, snowstorms, heavy rain, flooding, hail, and other phenomena, a lot can happen. That’s why today, we’re going to help you by providing a few tips to keep you safe this season…   “March comes in like a lion, and out like a lamb,” the old adage goes, but the threat of severe weather goes beyond just the 31 days of the month. It can happen anywhere, at any time. Having a whole week dedicated to just that might sound excessive, but in the end, it’s better to be prepared than it isn’t. So what should you do when disaster strikes? Here are a few tips: Have an Evacuation Plan: In the event of an impending flood, earthquake, or even a tornado, have an evacuation plan put into place. This can include always keeping a full tank of gas in a vehicle, being aware of any road hazards along the way, unplugging any electrical equipment or appliances, take your pets with you, and of course, make arrangements with your friends or family. Safeguard Your Possessions: Some things can be replaced, other important documents such as insurance policies, social security cards, birth certificates, and other personal information need to be protected. Look into getting a waterproof/fireproof box to place everything in, or even a safe deposit box at your bank. Keep the Sump Pump Working: In case of a flood, make sure your sump pump is working. If not, get it fixed immediately, and have a battery or water operated backup...

Ways to Afford an Indiana Storm Shelter

Often times families feel they cannot afford to have a storm shelter, but if you live in the Midwest, a storm shelter or Indiana storm shelter is very necessary to give your family the peace of mind they deserve. Here are ideas on how to afford a Superior Storm Shelter   Size the unit appropriately Often times we feel we need to get a little larger size to be comfortable, but remember, these units are sized for a reason. Use the recommended sizes as your guide. Hopefully you won’t ever need to enter it, but even if you do, often it is for a short time. Most individuals can handle tight quarters longer than they think.   Share with a neighbor Most people don’t think about it, but if your neighbor needs a storm shelter too, consider getting a size for both families. Often you can share not only in the cost of the unit, but also the cost of shipping and...