If you've been doing your homework on storm shelters, the first thing you've noticed is that they can be neatly divided into two categories: below-ground and above-ground. There are advantages to both types, but, as you'll see here, below-ground storm shelters can be inconvenient and, sometimes, dangerous. A properly engineered above-ground storm shelter, like a Safe Shed, offers proven protection against 250 mph winds.
1) Above-Ground Shelters Won't Fill With Water or Float Away!
The same severe weather that brings tornadoes often brings heavy rains, too. And in areas prone to flooding, those rains can flood below-ground shelters, making them useless. During record rainfall in Texas, improperly installed below-ground shelters began popping up in yards, floated out of the ground by high water levels. Imagine needing to take shelter only to find the shelter you normally run to is flooded or has "surfaced" in your backyard!
2) If Disaster Strikes, Can You Be Found?
Below-ground storm shelters can be buried beneath rubble and debris after a devastating tornado blows through. And, although it is rare, there are several stories every year about families becoming trapped in their below-ground storm shelter until neighbors or first responders find them after digging through the rubble. Above-ground storm shelters are much easier to see.
3) Simple Entry!
Above ground shelters are easy to enter, even for folks with mobility challenges. During severe weather, people who use a wheelchair, scooter, or walker don't need the added stress of trying to get down narrow, steep steps into a below-ground shelter. With the simple addition of a small ramp, everyone can easily enter a Safe Sheds above-ground shelter without stress or fear of falling.
There's plenty of room, inside, too, for everyone to be comfortably seated. When severe weather stays in your area for several hours, your family may need to be sheltered overnight. Just add camping cots, twin beds, or bunk beds to keep everyone comfy and safe!
4) Easy Installation!
Above-ground storm shelters don't require large holes in your yard, concrete busted out of your garage floor, or the relocation of utility and sewer lines. And, in the case of a Safe Shed, installation is as easy as setting a 24,000 lb. shelter down in your lawn, anchoring it, and driving away. Safe Shed shelters don't require the use of overhead cranes, either.
5) Above-Ground Storm Shelters Can Move With You!
We're a mobile society, with many families moving at least twice in a 20 year time span. Storm shelters are an investment, so why not buy a shelter that can move with you to your new home? The ability to move them makes them great for renters, too! Safe Sheds can load and relocate your storm shelter easily, making sure your investment AND your family are protected for the future!