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Five Reasons Why It’s Important to Have an Above Ground Storm Shelter

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MOORE, OK - MAY 22: Dean Dye looks over a storm shelter in a home that was destroyed by a tornado on May 22, 2013 in Moore, Oklahoma. The shelter is across the street from Dye's daughter's home which was also damaged by the tornado. The tornado of at least EF4 strength and two miles wide touched down May 20 killing at least 24 people and leaving behind extensive damage to homes and businesses. U.S. President Barack Obama promised federal aid to supplement state and local recovery efforts. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Most people would readily agree with a statement that nature should always be taken quite seriously. Anyone who’s been through a natural disaster can attest to that fact. Even someone who’s simply seen the aftermath of a natural disaster should be able to speak to that fact. But what people aren’t as sure about is how they can shelter themselves from the various proverbial storms. The answer is an above ground storm shelter. But to see why one must understand five main points.

The first is that local storm shelters adapt to the local geography. Consider Texas for example. Texas doesn’t have many risks of earthquakes. This means one can save money by constructing an above ground storm shelter Texas style. In a practical sense, an above ground storm shelter Texas-style means that it’s adapting to the style of construction and needs of Texas. It’s important to remember that different areas come with different needs.

Second, it’s important to remember that one can have underground stability while still above ground. The important point is to have concrete as the base foundation for a storm shelter. This provides the solid footing that one needs from a storm shelter. But it also ensures that costs are kept to a reasonable level. Laying down some concrete is far more economically sound than excavating the land.

Third, one should keep the needs of an entire family in mind. Not just for the moment either. A storm shelter is a solid investment. One should consider how time changes people’s needs and abilities. This is also one of the reasons why an above-ground shelter is preferred over other options. It’s far easier for younger children and the elderly to enter into an above-ground shelter. Likewise, if someone’s hurt in a storm or tornado than it’ll still be easy for them to get into the shelter

Fourth, it’s important to remember that a lot of the warnings about shelter are trying to make the best of a bad situation. Many emergency broadcasts might mention standing below a doorframe or heading to the bathroom. This isn’t because those are safe options. It’s because the options offer more safety than simply standing in an unprotected environment. It’s basically just trying to find an area with no glass and a slightly higher chance of standing if much of the roof collapse. In comparison, an above ground storm shelter offers actual safety.

The fifth and final reason is that it offers a feeling of safety and security. It might seem odd to place such an abstract concept amid more practical concerns. After all, what do feelings matter in the face of a tornado? The answer is that it will help to offer calm in a situation where panic can become dangerous. But there’s something just as important to consider.

A feeling of safety is something that one can value in normal everyday life as well. A home should be an oasis of calm restlessness. It’s where one can go at the end of a day to enjoy the fruits of his or her labor. Knowing what threats are kept at bay no matter what happens is imperative to that ideal. The storm shelter isn’t just there as a means of guarding against storms.

It’s obviously important that a storm shelter can do just that, shelter against storms. But the biggest value of a storm shelter might just be in knowing that it’s an option should the worst-case scenario occur. None of us can do much to fight against a tornado. And the idea of our family being at risk while we stand there powerless is terrifying. Knowing that we have a shelter means that we can, and have, faced that threat. It’s a feeling which equates to real peace of mind.            

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