Frequently Asked Questions
What size shelter do I need?
FEMA recommends three square feet floor space for each person
in a tornado shelter.
How long does it take to get a shelter?
Lead times vary depending on the season. Normal lead time is two to three weeks from the time of your order until your shelter is installed. During the spring and fall tornado seasons lead time may increase to four weeks. Expedited orders are available for additional costs.. Since the More Tornado we are experiencing a high volume of orders, please contact us for more exact time.
How long does it take to install a shelter?
A typical in-ground shelter installation takes approximately two hours to complete. Excavating hard rock extends the time.
Do I need a building permit to install a shelter?
Some cities and towns require a building permit. Contact your local Building Inspection or Code Enforcement department to find out. Storm shelters are typically treated as an accessory building for permitting purposes. Cities vary in their permitting requirements.
How easy is it to get a building permit?
City building inspection departments are accommodating and will walk you through the process. Getting a permit involves completing a simple building permit application, providing two copies of your property plot plan (or survey) with the shelter location designated on the drawing and engineering drawings of the shelter (which we will provide to the city). Some cities require the contractor to obtain the permit. We will work to make your experience as pleasant as possible.
Will a storm shelter add to the value of my home?
We believe so. A storm shelter is to benefit you while you live in your home. It may make selling your home easier.
Will Survivor Shelters call a utility locate in?
Yes we will call a utility locate in, you as a homeowner are responsible for locating your own water line from water meter to house, and your septic or your sewer line to the city tap. No utility locator will locate these lines. We will do our best to assist you in locating these lines but ultimately its the homeowners responsibility.
REGISTER YOUR STORM SHELTER WITH YOUR LOCAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT
AND LOCAL AUTHORITIES SO IF YOU EVER HAVE TO USE IT YOU CAN BE FOUND.