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Community Safe Rooms

In Oklahoma, every region is subject to severe weather conditions. Communities need to be prepared for any situation that may arise due to storms. One way they can do this is by having a community storm shelter in their local area to serve residents that live in apartments, mobile home parks, or highly-frequented areas. 


Having a storm shelter close by is an invaluable community asset, and its presence also helps to give peace of mind. If your community does not have a storm shelter, consider contacting your local officials and asking them to look into the possibility of having one installed. It could make all the difference during a severe weather event.

Starting in 2017, Survivor Shelters added an entire line of community steel safe rooms to meet the needs of larger groups of people making communities safer. Our community steel safe room model maintains the same design quality as our residential models, and they specifically meet the FEMA and ICC requirements set forth for community shelters. The FEMA 360 and ICC 500 resolutions govern the different regulations required between residential and community storm shelters. 


Our line of steel shelters brings with them high-quality safe room options and sizes to fit any need or budget. These are the best community safe rooms you can find in Oklahoma, and all of our shelters come with a 10-year warranty.


Contact us today to learn more about how we can help keep your community safe with a steel storm shelter. With our expertise and dedication, you can rest assured knowing that your local area is well-prepared the next time severe weather strikes.

Available Community Safe Room Models & Capacity

8x8 Community Shelter – 8' x 8' x 6'2" tall with a 9 person capacity

8x10 Community Shelter – 8' x 10' x 6'2" tall with a 12 person capacity

8x14 Community Shelter – 8' x 14' x 6'2" tall with a 18 person capacity

8x16 Community Shelter – 8' x 16' x 6'2" tall with a 20 person capacity

8x18 Community Shelter – 8' x 18' x 6'2" tall with a 23 person capacity

8x20 Community Shelter – 8' x 20' x 6'2" tall with a 26 person capacity

Features of The Steel Community Shelter 

Capacity: Varies from 9 to 26 person capacity

Ventilation: Provided via multiple 4" or 6" vents depending on shelter size and specification


  • Two points of entry required for all community storm shelters with wheelchair-accessible vault doors and three-point locks

  • Our shelters come with two 36” doors that are manufactured from two sheets of steel

  • Outer skin is 3/16” and the inner skin is 12-gauge with “Z” bracing and has three (3) deadbolt locks for maximum strength and security

Color: Entire unit is primer painted

Base: Shelter is secured to concrete pad using special Hilti anchors

Warranty: 10-year warranty on all models

Downloadable Snapshot of The Community Steel Safe Room Specifications

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Funding Assistance

There are a variety of programs that provide grants for purchasing and installing community storm shelters. Some of the available funding includes:

  • Community Development Block Grant Funds (CDBG)

  • Hazard Mitigation Grant Program Funds (HMGP)

  • Pre-Disaster Mitigation Program Funds (PDM)

For more information on community grants and funding, go to:

FEMA Information on Community Shelters Construction:


"Survivor Shelters recently installed eleven shelters for our school and community. I was very impressed with this company from the initial call until the finished product. Their customer service was outstanding. Doug Chance, Sales Manager, was on site daily taking the extra time to ensure everything was just right. After the project was completed, I've received a couple of calls making sure we were satisfied. I was very impressed with the entire process and would highly recommend this company."
-Keith Fisher

Survivor Shelters FAQ

What is the difference between residential and community storm shelters?

  1. Capacity: Community Shelters are required to provide more square footage per person than residential shelters.  This is to make sure they are providing sitting room for the handicapped and elderly. Community shelters must provide 5 square feet per person whereas residential shelters only have to provide 3 square feet per person. This is why an 8 x 10 community shelter will have a lesser capacity than the same size residential shelter.

  2. Points of Entry: Community Shelters are required to have two points of entry that are wheelchair accessible.  Residential shelters only have one door.  

  3. Ventilation: Community Shelters are required by FEMA to have a different ventilation design (ventilation schedule) than residential shelters to allow for the difference in capacity.

  4. Safety Features: Community Shelters are required to have the following safety features provided at the time of installation.

    • Fire Extinguisher

    • Chemical Toilet

    • Outside Signage for Community Shelter

    • Emergency Lighting

  5. Engineering: Community Shelters must have a different engineering report than residential shelters.

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