Concrete Storm Shelters
In Oklahoma, it is not a question of IF a tornado will be coming through your area, it is just a matter of WHEN and HOW BAD it will be!
Concrete tornado shelters / storm shelters have proven themselves time and time again to not only be reliable when your families safety is on the line, but to also be affordable and quick to install.
Survivor Shelters concrete storm shelters all come with:
FEMA Compliant Impact Door
Walls and floors are 4" thick reinforced and waterproofed concrete with strength of 6000 psi
Doors are poured in place to embed it in the shelter wall for added strength (versus bolt-on doors)
Reinforced and coated doors and frames lock in three areas for safety against storms while being easy to open with gas-assisted actuators.
Multi vent ventilation keeps the shelter well ventilated and assists with keeping the interior from feeling damp and musty smelling.
Concrete storm shelters may come from multiple manufacturers depending on model and availability. All are fully compliant with FEMA storm shelter standards. Dimensions and quality will be consistent. However, there may be slight differences in the aesthetics i.e. look of the door, air vents, door shocks etc.
MAINTENANCE TIPS FOR YOUR SHELTER
It is very important to keep dirt packed around your shelter and slightly domed up to the walls of the shelter. After the first few rains following installation, you will see considerable settling of the dirt around the unit. This is normal. It is necessary to rake or shovel the dirt back up against the shelter on all sides. It also helps to pack the dirt tight against the shelter with your foot. It is recommended by the manufacturer that the dirt remains over halfway up the sides and back of your shelter. This creates a dome or crown around the shelter that sheds water away from the shelter walls. FYI, it is not necessary to put any type of waterproofing agent on the outside of your shelter as they come sealed from the manufacturer.
To extend the life of the steel door hinges, it is recommended to lubricate them at least twice a year. Failure to do so may cause hinges to freeze up and/or break off of the door or door frame. Hinge replacement IS NOT covered by our Limited Warranty.
The steel door of your shelter has been painted with a metal primer. To prevent rusting, you may wish to re-prime and/or paint when needed. You also need to be sure to prevent leaves, pine needles and dirt from collecting below or on your door or hinges. This accelerates rusting and can cause your door or hinges to fail. You may also want to look into putting weather stripping around the inside of your shelter door to keep the water from leaking in during heavy wind-driven rains. Our Limited Warranty does not cover water leaking in around the door or around the door handle.
While the air vents do have screens and the door does a good job of keeping insects, moths, etc. out of your storm shelter, for some reason spiders seem to find their way into these shelters. We do recommend that you make time to clean your shelter of any cobwebs, spiders, etc. at the beginning of Spring and check it a couple of times through the Summer and Fall. Pay special attention to make sure you do not have any Brown Recluse (fiddle back) spiders or Black Widow spiders as you don't want to run the risk of sharing the shelter with these poisonous spiders during a severe storm.
While it is good to keep folding chairs, water, and other supplies in your storm shelter, please make sure to prevent anything that may attract ants or other insects. If a soft drink spills or food drops on the floor during a shelter, please make sure to clean it up thoroughly or you may find a colony of sugar ants or other ants trying to live in your storm shelter.