How To Escape From An Impending Tornado Or Storm?

When the area in which people are living has a high risk of tornadoes they should prepare well and construct storm shelters. To be prepared and cautious it is better to know what type of storm shelter will serve the purpose.

People often think that underground shelter is safe when compared to above-ground storm shelter but it is not true. There are advantages and disadvantages for both above-ground and below-the-ground shelters. People have to be careful and make sure that the shelter is safe and secure as that is a big investment.

Benefits of building safe rooms and Tornado shelters

Everyone needs a safe place when there is a hurricane, tornado, or even heavy winds. To be safe from both of these either tornado shelters or safe rooms can be built.

  • The first and most important thing that has to be kept in mind is the safety that the shelter provides.
  • Having either an underground shelter or an above-ground storm shelter people can feel secure and they will have peace of mind knowing that they have someplace safe when something urgent happens.
  • There will be more chances of getting paid more when the person is renting out their home in the disaster zone. People will surely look for homes having shelters if that area is in a hurricane-prone area.

Types of Storms Shelters

Depending on the requirement and the type of area they are staying in, people can opt for their shelter from the available two options.

  1.   Underground shelter

When the anticipated tornado includes high winds and debris flying all over, then this type of shelter is the best option. This is also called a ground storm shelter as the storm shelter will be inside the ground.

But the disadvantage is that it will be challenging to reach the site when there is an actual disaster.

  1.   Above the ground shelter

An above ground storm shelter is easy to reach when there is a storm. People can install this type of shelter in the house, garage, or in shed depending on the availability.

Types of shelters depending on the materials

Both the underground storm shelter and above ground storm shelter can again be classified depending on the type of material that is made up of.

Concrete Storm Shelters

This is the most budget-friendly option. For people who have a budget only to build using concrete, then they can opt for reinforced concrete with walls that are eight inches thick.

Fiberglass Storm Shelters

These shelters are less weight and can be easily relocated when people move. They can float above the ground when there is more stormwater.

Metal Storm Shelters

Even though this option is very expensive, this is the most durable option.

Shelters for mobile homes


It is better to stock the storm shelter with necessities like a first aid kit, flashlights, and a few extra clothing. It is better to go to the storm shelter as soon as there is a warning announcement about this instead of waiting for the real storm to occur. Only when there is a confirmation saying the storm has passed, it is advised to come out of the safe house.

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