Anyone own a storm shelter?

texcross

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Anyone own a storm shelter? Signed up for the rebate deal here in our county and waiting, want an above ground on, disabled wife, no way I can get her below ground!

This home has a ton of closet, would be nice to just build one in a closet. Doubt the rebate deal would cover it...
 

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I got an in ground one around 15 or so years ago after a tornado heading straight for us jumped back in the clouds around 3 miles away.

Not completely underground. The top half sticks up close to 3' and is buried with dirt. The door sits at around a 30 deg angle. We've used it a few times over the years. The most recent being this year when an F2 got within 2 miles.
 

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I live on top of a hill in a split-level. Bottom story is 4' underground. Storage place is completely underground. In-Laws live three houses down. If tornado's come, party at my house.
 

just jk

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there is a company - probably in Oklahoma - that makes safe room type shelters - i think thats what you're looking for - 4 HARD walls, and anchored to the ground

and apparently - the report from Moore is that the above ground shelters are now considered the preferred kind
 

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When I remodeled our last house I built a storm shelter in our closet.

I built a few engineered tornado shelters with a friend so I had a good idea what is involved. The ones we built were in garages.

They make perfect gun rooms BTW.
 

just jk

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the ones they put in the floor of your garage - i like that idea - but the only thing i wouldnt like is the potential for having your door covered by debris and being stuck till they come dig you out
 

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the ones they put in the floor of your garage - i like that idea - but the only thing i wouldnt like is the potential for having your door covered by debris and being stuck till they come dig you out
The door should open inwards just for that reason. I have seen what you are talking about though.
 

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The door should open inwards just for that reason. I have seen what you are talking about though.
yeah - that makes sense - i guess i'm thinking about a situation where you're at home- the car is in the garage - you have to back it out enough to gain access to the shelter - if the garage implodes on top of your shelter....

i guess the PD where you live would have a record of your shelter - and that would be used to aid in a search????
 

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