Underground or Above-Ground Garage Storm Shelters

For years, we were told that below ground was the safest place to be in a tornado. The Texas Wind Institute published the results of a study of the most powerful tornado ever recorded in the world (which was in Oklahoma) and was surprised to find that the above ground tornado shelters proved just as safe even during an EF5 tornado. The decision of choosing below ground or above ground for a tornado shelter should be based on other factors than safety. That’s why Storm Defense Shelters of Kansas offers a great line up of both above and underground Storm or Tornado Shelters. Let’s take a look at the pros and cons of both:

Above Ground Tornado Shelters

Pros:

  • Can be Installed inside or outside your home, school or business
  • Fastest Access
  • Easier access for those with mobility or anxiety issues (who can’t climb a ladder or dread being underground)
  • Easier to get pets, children and elderly in quickly
  • Can be put in a closet, in the garage or above ground shelter in your yard
  • Best option if living in a flood prone area
  • Debris can block the door but not being underground might mean less anxiety

Cons:

  • Very loud during a tornado (might want to keep ear plus or noise reduction headset stored in it)
  • If you use it to store to much in, you will need to take time to clear it

Below Ground Tornado Shelters

Pros:

  • Can be installed in the garage or outside on property
  • Out of sight until needed. Doesn’t take up needed interior space
  • Sometimes less expensive to install
  • Better sound protection during tornado
  • Often larger to accommodate more people, pets and friends (however there are some large above ground community shelters)

Cons:

  • If placed too far from the house, there will be longer time to get into the shelter
  • Can flood if installed in flood-prone area (Make sure to discuss this with Installer)
  • Debris could trap door. Make certain to register it with local authorities

Contact Eric Stolfi at Storm Defense Shelters for more information on choosing the correct Tornado Shelter anywhere in Kansas or surrounding area.