Cities in Tornado Alley have to face natural disasters every season. On average, a whopping 151 and 68 tornadoes hit Texas and Oklahoma each year, respectively.

To manage this yearly struggle, companies like US Safe Room Tornado Shelters provide services to install commercial, residential, and community storm shelters in various sizes and types to fit every room and building.

Every individual living in a tornado-prone area like Texas should know the types of tornado shelters so they can make an informed decision and pick the right one for their home, office, or community. Here’s a list of the most common types in Texas and Oklahoma.

1. Steel Above-Ground Safe Rooms

Steel is a sturdy material with extremely high tensile strength. This makes it perfect for withstanding the deadly winds of a tornado, that is, if it can pass the Texas Test Impact Test.

If made of high-grade steel, a safe room can be installed above the ground, saving those inside it from being buried under fallen buildings and rubble. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) suggests that installing an above-ground storm shelter is the best protective action one can take during tornadoes.

Above-ground storm shelters are wheelchair accessible, fit a large number of people, and can be transported to your new home when you move!

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2. Concrete Underground Shelters

Concrete is the best material for underground shelters. It’s fireproof and can be set up under your garage. Its hardness makes it capable of withstanding F5-level tornadoes and even earthquakes and fires.

Concrete’s malleable qualities allow vent installations in the tornado shelter built using the material, making it perfect for people with anxiety issues or breathing problems.

Concrete shelters are usually installed in two customizable options: flat tops and slope tops. You can get more details through a professional contractor, like US Safe Room Tornado Shelters.

3. In-Ground Tornado Shelters

Usually for communal purposes, some shelters are constructed so that only their entrance (a protective doorway) is visible on ground level; the rest of the safe room is situated underground or inside a mountain or hill.

Such types of shelters can only be built where such high-rise ground is available. Many homes in Texas and Oklahoma have similar bunkers that can be found below the garage, where you can also keep your car safe during a tornado.

Each type of safe room has its own purpose, beneficial for different lifestyles and contexts. As such, it’s important to know which type is the right one for you. A professional can guide you regarding choosing the correct type of safe room shelter for your needs.

If you’re interested in having an experienced tornado shelter company guide you, contact US Safe Room Tornado Shelters and get a free quote today.