Tornado Warning Signs You Need to Know

Above Ground vs. In-Ground Storm Shelters

Above Ground vs. In-Ground Storm SheltersStorm shelters are a must when you live in tornado alley, especially when faced with the reality of severe storms that frequently hit this area. Confused on which kind of storm shelter is best for your family? Ground Zero Shelters is here to help! We break down all of the facts right here!

Let’s Talk Safety!

Which storm shelter offers more protection? Most people think that underground shelters are safer than above ground shelters. But the truth is, both options have proven to be a solid choice. 

Larry Tanner, from the Texas Tech University Wind Science & Engineering Research Center, said “In my 15 years of doing storm damage research and storm shelter research, we have never documented any deaths or injuries in above ground tested safe-rooms or failures of tested safe-rooms. This includes the storms of Joplin 2011 and Moore 2013”

There was rumor that you could only survive these tornados if you were underground, but put to the test, the above ground safe rooms did their job and saved lives! The bottom line is no one has ever been killed in an approved safe room whether above or below ground.

Where to Install Safe Room?

One of the main concerns people have is where they should put their safe room. The good news is that above ground storm shelters can go almost anywhere in your home including the closet, pantry or your garage. Even though safe rooms can be installed just about anywhere, one negative would be that it will take up valuable square footage.  

Where to Install Underground Shelter?

Underground storm shelters can go in outside in the yard, or in your garage. Even though the actual storm protection is the same, it would be more beneficial if your shelter is inside the home (i.e. garage). This is because having your shelter outside can expose you to lightning, hail, extreme winds and dangerous debris which may prohibit you from quickly getting you and your family to safety. 

If you put an underground shelter inside your garage, it will be installed flush with the ground, allowing any vehicle to park over it. This is nice because this option does not take up any extra square footage.

Handicap Accessible?

Another benefit of the safe room is that they are handicap accessible. You do not have to step down into the shelter, you can just wheel right in!

Other Benefits:

  • Both shelter types add value to your home.
  • Above ground shelters can also keep you safe from intruders.
  • Both shelters can be GPS located.
  • All shelters are thoroughly tested at Texas Tech Wind Science & Research Center.

When planning ahead for your family’s safety, it’s always good to do your homework. The truth is, you can’t choose wrong when deciding between an above ground or below ground storm shelter. It really just comes down to a personal choice. And that choice that will give you the peace of mind that you and your family will be safe from tornados!

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Disaster Recovery Resources & Help

If disaster strikes, you may not have any other choice than to turn to your community or government. We have compiled a list of disaster recovery resources that can help you on your journey of getting your life back in order after a disaster like a tornado.

Your number one concern is the safety of your family, so in order to be prepared for an emergency or storm, request more information about our storm shelters – we are here to help.

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Assembling A Disaster Supply Kit

Before a severe storm hits, we suggest assembling a disaster supply kit that contains the following:

  • First Aid Kit
  • Canned Food & Can Opener
  • Battery-Powered Radio & Flashlights (remember extra batteries)
  • At Least 3 Gallons of Water
  • Protective Clothing
  • Sleeping Bags or Blankets & Pillows
  • Special Items For Infants, Elderly or Disabled Family Members
  • Written Instructions on How to Turn Off Electricity, Gas & Water
  • Glow Sticks

What are you waiting for? Start protecting your family by assembling your disaster supply kit today! If you have any questions, feel free to contact us.

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Aiding the Injured

If you find someone who is injured, administer first aid as best you can and seek medical attention for them. Below are some emergency first aid tips:

  • Check for injuries. Do not attempt to move those who are seriously injured unless they are in immediate danger of death or further injury. If you must move an unconscious person, first stabilize the neck and back, then call for help immediately.
  • If the victim is not breathing, carefully position the victim for artificial respiration, clear the airway and begin mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.
  • Never try to feed liquids to an unconscious person.

If you have any questions, or would like more information about our storm shelters, contact us!

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Your Well-Being

If you are aiding in helping victims or clean-up, take your health seriously. Take a look at our recommended tips below:

  • Be aware of exhaustion. Don’t try to do too much at once: set priorities, pace yourself & get enough rest.
  • Drink plenty of clean water & eat well.
  • Wear sturdy work boots & gloves.
  • Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and clean water often when working in debris.


Have more questions? No worries! Contact us for more information – we would love hearing from you!

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Safety Issues

It is of the utmost importance that you are aware of how to handle safety issues after a disaster. First thing, make sure you are aware of the new safety issues created by the disaster. Watch for:

  • Washed Out Roads
  • Gas Leaks
  • Contaminated Buildings
  • Broken Glass
  • Contaminated Water
  • Slippery Floors
  • Damaged Electrical Wiring

Inform local authorities about the health and safety issues you are dealing with, including the following:

  • Downed Power Lines
  • Dead Animals
  • Chemical Spills
  • Smoldering Insulation
  • Washed Out Roads

Contact Ground Zero Storm Shelters if you have any more questions! We are here to help!

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