Today it seems like a good portion of the population is planning for economic chaos, political upheaval, a zombie raid or invasion by aliens. However, one doesn’t have to buy into the “doomsday” scenario to know it is prudent to have a survival plan and designated shelter in the event of a natural disaster.

In areas prone to tornados, a survival bunker or tornado shelter is one of the best investments to protect your family, pets and most important valuables. Remodeling or adding on a reinforced room with a safe for valuables, storage for food, water, and survival supplies with sleeping and sanitation facilities can be a fun and challenging project. Involve the entire family, both young and old, in planning the items needed in the bunker for both comfort and survival.

“Think outside the box!” Your survival space doesn’t have to be bland and boring – your safe space can serve double duty as a media center, den, children’s playroom, exercise spa or a craft or hobby workshop. The only requirement is that the “safe room” be immediately accessible to everyone in the household and be constructed of materials and in a manner that will ensure your family’s safety in the result of a tornado, home invasion, earthquake or another disaster.

Contact a reputable building contractor to construct an underground, basement or freestanding modular shelter to provide your family maximum protection in the event of a storm. The United States Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) advises, “After determining that you live in a tornado-prone region, it is important to understand the risks. Most homes, even new ones constructed according to current building codes, do not provide adequate protection for occupants seeking refuge from tornadoes. Tornado winds can impart wind and windborne debris loads on your house much greater than those on which building code requirements are based. Only shelters designed and constructed to standards well in excess of minimum code requirements offer adequate occupant protection during a tornado. These specially built shelters can be constructed inside your residence or as stand-alone structures. It is also important to remember that shelters offering protection against high-wind events should not be placed where floodwaters have the potential to endanger occupants within the shelter. Consult your local floodplain manager to determine whether your home or a proposed stand-alone shelter site, is susceptible to flooding.”

When meeting with your builder, it is wise to select a shelter or design a safe room that is somewhat larger than the basic requirements of your immediate family. You may have friends or grandchildren visiting when danger threatens so there should be room for one or two more unplanned people to seek safety.

Tornados arrive without warning and can present fierce winds more than 300 miles an hour. To withstand such a destructive force, your builder will likely construct your safe room or tornado shelter from fiber reinforced concrete and steel beams and plating. With lives depending on the worthiness of the construction project, building a family safe place requires a contractor with extensive experience and knowledge of the local area.


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