Being in the mist of storm season, we often wonder just how prepared we are as individuals if disaster strikes. Tornado season is upon us and with hurricane season rapidly approaching–our minds begin to wonder. Just where we would go if a weather event struck our home?
A logical fix to this can be one of the many types of storm shelters. A storm shelter offers a sense of confidence in knowing that you will have a place for your family, pets and even irreplaceable items to retreat to in the unfortunate even of tragedy.
What exactly is a storm shelter? A Storm Shelter was once a type of underground bunker, designed to protect those in harm’s way from injury during the storm. However; thanks to the advancement of technology, we can now offer an alternative. Let’s face it, no one wants to dash outside to escape a tornado, that is currently also outside. The new storm shelter offers the benefit of never having to step outside to get into a safe location.
Typically, the indoor storm shelter is made of steel, with proper ventilation and a course anchor. FEMA defines a safe room as “A safe room is a hardened structure specifically designed to meet the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) criteria and provide near-absolute protection in extreme weather events, including tornadoes and hurricanes”. These techniques and materials assure the protection of the occupants inside.
There are a lot of benefits of a safe room/storm shelter. One being that it offers an easy and accessible alternative to moving you’re sick, elderly or handicap family members out of the path of a storm. This is one of the most common issues when it comes to safety and now with the indoor shelter–it has never been simpler.
Another added benefit that many people overlook, is that it offers safety from intruders. It is estimated that 38% of assaults and 60% of rapes take place during a home invasion. Why not knock that percentage down to 0 by places a steel wall between you and the person who may want to do harm to you or your family? A storm shelter can offer peace of mind during the darkest hours of the night from more than just weather.
Lastly, a benefit that shouldn’t be overlook is the guarantee to keep your fire arms out of the reach of small children who reside in your home. An indoor storm shelter can alternatively be used as a safe as well. The importance of knowing that your children cannot access important documents that perhaps cannot be replace or accessing something dangerous such as a weapon– can also bring comfort to the owner.
No matter what the reason for someone to be interested in a safe room, there is always a reason to own one. Live without fear, without regret and sleep soundly, knowing you made your family and home as safe as you possibly could. There are a lot of things you can lose in this life but losing someone to an unfortunate accident–shouldn’t be one of them.