Although above ground storm shelters have become more popular and widely accepted over the past 10-15 years, we still get this question a few times a month. A small percentage of folks living in tornado-prone areas still believe that the only way to survive an EF5 tornado is by sheltering below ground.
But scientific research has proven that properly engineered and built above ground storm shelters are more than capable of standing up to 250 mph winds to save lives. In some parts of the country, below ground shelters aren't an option due to high water tables and rocky substrates. For other above ground shelter customers, it's a matter of being physically unable to climb down steps in the face of an emergency. For others, it's a fear of being buried alive or being trapped by debris after the storm has passed.
This video presentation cites research and reasons why an above ground storm shelter can not only save your life, but may be the best possible choice for you and your family.