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  • Lordosis Lordosis 
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    Our upstate NY weather blows but at least we do not get any tornadoes, hurricanes, or earthquakes. I will take blizzards any day compared to that nonsense.

    But if you are going to do it go all out and put in the shelter in Blast from the Past.

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    Avatar artemis 
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    Thanks for the responses.  My new house has a whole house backup generator.  We had a brief power outage last week and it performed great.  My neighbor was telling me that she installed a tornado room when her house was being built.  It is in a closet and cost around $10k.  I requested a quote from a company in my area but have not had a response yet.  I really do not want the type where you have to climb down a ladder to get in it.  I could see breaking my hip trying to get my dog down the ladder.  It appears they can anchor them to your garage slab.  At least this seems to be a possibility from my preliminary research.

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    They can, and while those are not quite as safe as a below-ground shelter, they are far superior to no shelter at all.  They are tested to stand up to debris hurled at 200 miles/hour.  I remember reading that at least one of the Joplin tornado survivors rode out the tornado in such an above-ground shelter.

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    Avatar artemis 
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    For those that actually have shelters, can you comment on the above link I posted as to whether it’s a good or bad item?

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    The ad says it’s passed the Texas Tech Wind Institute’s testing, but it doesn’t seem to be bolted securely down.  What’s to keep the tornado from simply tossing it?

    I’d go for a more traditional shelter that is either underground or is bolted to the foundation slab.  I’d only try the one you posted as an absolute last resort, if no other better options were feasible.

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    Avatar southernerdoc 
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    Ours is bolted to the concrete basement floor.

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    Hank Hank 
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    Or maybe just live where you don’t get tornadoes?

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    Avatar Antares 
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    I feel I have led a very sheltered life, as this issue has never even occurred to me. I know no one who has such a thing.

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    hatton1 hatton1 
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    My city has been hit by tornados many times.  I have never been directly hit.  The last bad tornado knocked out electricity for one week.  Weather radars have really improved to where you do not really need to spend hours in a shelter.  They track it neighborhood by neighborhood.  My new house has a closet in the garage that is built under a set of stairs going into a bonus room.  This is where the previous homeowners went when necessary.  This would probably be adequate for a small tornado.

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    wonka31 wonka31 
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    Tornadoes don’t last very long. I really don’t think you need AC, food, water, piss jugs etc.

    I could see like a 5×5 cubicle bolted to a corner of the garage or in an unfinished basement, could double as a gun safe maybe for those of us into that?

    I guess my thought on this is really you need to be able to huddle for an hour max and then get out. By definition tornadoes generally do not occur at extreme temps which I think obviates the need for climate control. Not sure how excited I’d be about being buried underneath my house hoping that someone remembers to check on me. I mean I guess it’s better than being dead, but a key feature here would seem to be “able to exit without being rescued.”

    It’s also very clearly a high cost to insure against a very rare event.

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    I’m not trying to be funny, but hypothetically you purchase and eventually have to go into this cube/box. How would you know when it was safe to get out? Can you hear the sirens go on/stop from these things?

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    Avatar StarTrekDoc 
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    IIRC, you have land and space.  Do it right and get an underground one that can double as a nice safe area stocked well for the week for outages.

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    True double duty: wine cellar.

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    Lordosis Lordosis 
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    True double duty: wine cellar.

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    Yeah I guess if I am going to be trapped in a small room for likely the rest of my short life I would want there to be some ETOH

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    CordMcNally CordMcNally 
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    Tornadoes don’t last very long. I really don’t think you need AC, food, water, piss jugs etc.

    I could see like a 5×5 cubicle bolted to a corner of the garage or in an unfinished basement, could double as a gun safe maybe for those of us into that?

    I guess my thought on this is really you need to be able to huddle for an hour max and then get out. By definition tornadoes generally do not occur at extreme temps which I think obviates the need for climate control. Not sure how excited I’d be about being buried underneath my house hoping that someone remembers to check on me. I mean I guess it’s better than being dead, but a key feature here would seem to be “able to exit without being rescued.”

    It’s also very clearly a high cost to insure against a very rare event.

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    I’m not trying to be funny, but hypothetically you purchase and eventually have to go into this cube/box. How would you know when it was safe to get out? Can you hear the sirens go on/stop from these things?

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    If you’re being hit directly by a tornado you won’t be able to hear the sirens anyway. Whenever it doesn’t sound like a freight train is on top of your house will serve to let you know it’s safe. Plus, meteorologists can usually tell you when to expect a particular area of a storm (tornado) to be in your neighborhood and tornados aren’t typically slow moving.

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    hatton1 hatton1 
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    If you have cell service you can watch the tornado track.  During most warnings you can determine if you need to go to your safe place by watching TV or a weather app.  A 10 minute deal.  They move fast.

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    Avatar Kamban 
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    I feel I have led a very sheltered life, as this issue has never even occurred to me. I know no one who has such a thing.

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    Where I live now I have never experienced a tornado or hurricane. The only safe room I have seen was in FL where my friend has a concrete small space in his large closet. I think they call it hurricane rooms.

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    Avatar Ghetto 
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    I built a house a few years back and had a safe room installed (7’2” x 6’). Cinder block reinforced with concrete/steel. Bought a safe door with fingerprint recognition. Great for tornadoes too. It opens from the inside so you can’t get trapped in it.

    I’m from Texas and I have hunting rifles/shotguns etc. Any valuables (wife’s jewelry, etc) goes in there when we leave town. The door is in the back of my closet and I lock the door to my closet when we are out of town so a burglar wouldn’t even know the safe is there unless he broke the door down first.

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