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 have to go outside, and in the event of a false alarm, getting in and out isn’t so much of an issue.
Of course, there are a few precautions to take if you’re going for the garage route. The biggest being to install it at least a foot from the garage door. For the excavating company, this makes it easier to dig the hole the shelter will go into without worrying about doing any damage to the house’s foundation. Also, make sure you know where your pipes are below ground as to avoid any unfortunate incidents.
The other reason is more of a safety issue. In the event that debris falls on top of the door, emergency crews will not have to dig very far to come find you.
FOR HOMES BEING BUILT:
If you are building a home, the possibilities are endless. You could install one inside the floor of your garage as we’ve talked about, or you could even put your shelter in a closet or laundry room, or even underneath the stairs. Just be sure to figure out what you want to do before you start construction.