LIFESAVER STORM SHELTER
Our most popular storm shelter design, the LifeSaver Series is very suitable to the elderly, young children and even pets due to the molded in concrete steps.
Shelters designed meet or exceed FEMA requirements
Walls and floors are 4" thick reinforced and waterproofed concrete
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.
Available Models Dimensions Capacity
LifeSaver 5' x 7' x 5'9"" tall 12 person
LifeSaver Mini 5' x 4'6"' x 5'9" tall 6 person
Ventilation ............ 6″ vent and 6" wind turbine vent
Steps / Ladder ..... EZ Access concrete molded steps with safety handrail
Door .................... Reinforced steel door and frame meeting FEMA 320
and 361 standards and ICC 500 standard
Door has gas spring assist for easy opening
Door has 3-point locking system for max security
Color ................... Standard color is concrete light gray
Decorative finish is optional on standard model in gray
stone or brown rock finish for $400 more. Learn More
Warranty ............. 10 year manufacturer warranty
Other ................... Made in Oklahoma
14,000 average weight
Minimum of 6,000 psi concrete walls and floor reinforced with heavy steel rebar welded "cage"
Shelters walls are over 4 inches thick
2 piece unit with waterproof sealer between parts
Once installed, top of shelter will be 2 to 3 feet above the ground.
Requires 10 foot straight shot backup to the hole or a 14 ft opening with a 14 ft high clearance
Approximately two hour installation
Storm shelter appearance can be enhanced with landscape timbers, rail road ties, and stone.
Designed in accordance of FEMA 320 and 361 and ICC 500 standards
Door has been tested at Texas Tech Wind and Science Institute
NOTE: 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.
Prices include delivery & installation within a Survivor Shelters location. Mileage or travel fee may be assessed if more than 50 miles from the nearest local installer. Please contact our office for further details or location of the nearest installer. Click HERE to see Survivor Shelters office and installer locations.
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.