Storm Shelters

It has been a while since we've heard much about storm shelters -- often they are just thought of when watching movies like the "Wizard of Oz."

There are different types of shelters. One is built with four-inch concrete walls, with the roof and floor five inches thick. The other can be built of heavy gauged steel, is anchored to the foundation and has a dual locking steel door. The key to the shelters is that they are steel reinforced.

Tornado Safe rooms are being built in new homes under construction, usually located near the garage or under a staircase. Those rooms are also built with concrete or layers of heavy wood. The key with those also lies in the fact that they are steel reinforced with several steel bolts on the door. If you are not building a home, kits can also be purchased for indoor installation.

Building a storm shelter will cost anywhere from $4,000 to $6,000 and they are easy to add to a carport or garage. Or if you prefer to have one underground, that is also easy to do.

If you would like information on storm shelters, contact the Storm Shield Company at 1-866-417-8676 or Safe-T-Shelter on the Web or by phone at 1-256-462-3648.