If you live in an area with frequent tornadoes and hurricanes, you might want to consider to build your own storm shelter. Having a storm shelter gives you additional security since they will be able to stand up against very high winds that you might experience during a hurricane or tornado. It’s a place that you and your family will know that you can be safe. There are a couple of items to consider when you want to build your own storm shelter.
First of all, you have to choose the type of shelter that you want. Some people create safe rooms within their homes that the shelter will go in. Generally these are reinforced with concrete and will be on the lower level. For many types of storms, these will do the job.
For more severe weather, you might have to consider below ground storm shelters. These are built underground to ensure maximum protection. These can stand up to very high winds and are considered to be safer. This choice is dependent on your needs and the weather conditions of the area you live in as well as the space that you have. Most people have extra space in the yard versus the house.
Another factor to consider when you want to build your own storm shelter are the materials. Most are build with concrete and metal. This is the strongest of materials that you will be able to afford and will fit into spaces that you have. You are going to have to choose whether to get a kit that is already almost complete or do the entire project on your own. Typically the kits cost a bit more but are already halfway finished making the process a bit easier for you.
Don’t forget proper ventilation. This is a huge mistake many people make. If you have to remain in the shelter for a number of hours with a family, air can run out fast. Proper ventilation is a must.
Also consider things like storage areas in the shelter for your emergency supplies to have them when you really need them.
These are things to carefully consider when you want to build your own storm shelter. Having a shelter for the storm in your garden or somewhere near you is a good idea especially in the United States, where hurricanes do occur every once in a while, which is why you might just get started building that shelter for the storm already today!
Source by Halfdan Timm
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