Which Natural Disasters Should Your Storm Shelter Protect Against?
If you’re considering purchasing a storm shelter to protect you and your family from natural disasters, you may be wondering if it’s really worth it. After all, you do want to make sure it does what it’s supposed to do–save lives.
Before you make the decision to invest in a storm shelter, you’ll want to make sure that the shelter you are purchasing is built with the best materials and is tested against the most powerful storms. Most importantly, you want to make sure that the shelter you purchase is up to Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)’s standards. So, don’t forget to speak with the company you are buying the storm shelter from about FEMA guidelines.
Next, you will want to ensure that your shelter stands up against common natural disasters that other storm shelters can also withstand. There are two common natural disasters that every storm shelter should have the ability to protect against.
Although flooding is the most common natural disaster according to FEMA, storm shelters were not built to protect against severe flooding, but there are flood hazards that can be implemented as part of the installation process. Aside from flooding, there are two common natural disasters that your storm shelter should defend against:
- Tornadoes: As one of the most common natural disasters in the U.S., it is essential that your storm shelter withstands tornadoes. Every shelter should be able to protect against winds speeds of 250 mph or an EF-5 Tornado.
- Earthquakes: It’s popular belief that earthquakes only occur in places like California, but the truth is that they occur all throughout the U.S. and even in places like the midwest. Earthquakes can be extremely dangerous and life-threatening. Although earthquake resistance is a crucial feature of a storm shelter, almost all shelters do not undergo seismic rating, except for one. At Stronghold Safe Rooms, our Z4 Safe Room is the first storm shelter to have a seismic rating that is currently being tested by engineers to ensure that it matches up to the same technology that oil companies use to safeguard their employees.
Keep Your Family Safe with a Storm Shelter from Stronghold Safe Rooms
If you are currently looking for a new storm shelter, Stronghold Safe Rooms offers quality verified protection that you can trust. We provide both residential and commercial storm shelters that follow FEMA guidelines. In fact, even our residential storm shelters are up to par with the commercial storm shelters to ensure that your family is safeguarded by the same guidelines that corporate companies and even the government uses to protect their employees. If you have questions about our storm shelters, please contact us today! We look forward to hearing from you.