Survival experts, outdoor and otherwise, are well acquainted with the Rule of Three as it applies to living through a disaster.
In extreme conditions, you can live 3 minutes without air, 3 hours without shelter, 3 days without water, and 3 weeks without food.
So, how does that knowledge affect your family's disaster preparation? If you're confronted by a disaster, minor or major, it's critical that your plan, and the materials you have on hand, address the warnings of the Rule of Three.
If you've purchased, or begun shopping for, a storm shelter, you're moving your family closer to being prepared to survive a natural disaster. Not only can a storm shelter save your life in the face of tornadoes or hurricanes, but it can also provide longer term shelter after the disaster has moved through your area. With the addition of water and food storage, first aid kits, basic clean up equipment such as masking tape and tarps, and chemical toilets, your family can be self-sustaining for the few days it may take for help to arrive.
Living for a few days in your Safe Sheds above ground shelter becomes a primitive camping experience with sufficient preparation. If you take shelter when severe weather approaches and exit the shelter later to find everything you own destroyed, you still have a roof over your head, a safe place to sleep, and a small building that can become your headquarters as you begin to cleanup and recover. Even if you're able to leave your Safe Shed soon after the storm, having an indestructible, lockable building in which you can store what valuables you can retrieve will give you piece of mind when you leave your property behind.
Now you know the rule of three for survival, and you can see how vital having shelter is to your family's survival in the face of natural or man-made disasters. Finding shelter is much more critical than having water and food in the immediacy of the crisis. Keep that in mind as you shop for storm shelters and begin putting your family's disaster plan together. And give us a call if we can help in any way!
Customers always want the best foundation for their storm shelter and many assume they need to pour a concrete pad. While that is necessary for most above ground storm shelters, it really is an unnecessary expense for a Safe Shed tornado shelter.
Our shelters have a 6" steel reinforced floor that is seamlessly connected to the 4" steel reinforced walls. Most other shelters don't have a floor at all and require the buyer to pour a concrete pad, reinforced with a rebar grid, that they can attach the storm shelter to for anchoring. And the thickness, reinforcement, and quality of the concrete pad the customer pours determines how safe the shelter will be, ultimately. Plus the cost of pouring a suitable pad for the floorless shelter is in addition to the cost of the shelter you're buying. It can really start to add up!
So what's the best foundation for a Safe Shed storm shelter? We prefer that you set our concrete tornado shelters directly on the ground, with just a 3" to 4" thick layer of level gravel. The weight of the shelter will cause it to settle nicely into the gravel pad, and our installers can easily auger down 4' below the shelter at all four corners to anchor it securely to the ground.
Save yourself some time, money, and stress...forgo the concrete pad and choose a Safe Shed above ground storm shelter so the floor, walls, and roof all form one seamless building.