Storm shelters in OKC are rooms or structures that are intended to protect people when severe weather occurs. In Oklahoma storm shelters built underground are extremely common, however some Oklahoma tornado shelters are built above ground too. Indeed, in many instances, this might be the best option. The main aim, when building storm shelters, is to create an area that will ensure people’s safety when Mother Nature flexes her muscles.
In Oklahoma, lots of local municipalities have lobbied for federal rebate cash to cover the expense of shelter construction. In 2012, a scheme known as SoonerSafe was introduced, which gave homeowners as much as seventy-five percent of the price to build a secure shelter — up to $2000 in some cases. The federal government provides this money, which depends on surplus Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) funds.
Storms represent several risks to normal buildings. Floods can lead to debris and water entering a home, and strong winds can result in structural failure, which causes buildings to fall down. Also, strong winds can move big objects, which can produce carnage if they hit a building. When it comes to storm shelters, trim, eaves and windows are always dispensed with. This strengthens the structures to withstand the elements. The shelters are reinforced too, so they can deal with flooding, big objects and strong winds. In addition, most storm shelters can serve as bomb shelters, because the needs of occupants of these types of shelters are virtually the same.
Properly made storm shelters are sufficiently strong to stay standing, if the structures that surround them fail. These shelters have an area to keep water, food, medicine and other items that might be helpful, if people have to remain in the structure for a while. A decent supply of entertainment and bedding is recommended as well, along with a communication method – such as a radio. This way, the people inside the shelter will know when they can leave the structure safely.
One benefit that underground shelters offer is that they are insulated by the earth. This protects the occupants from hurricanes and tornadoes. Nonetheless, underground shelters can flood or collapse if they are incorrectly built. Structures made above ground have to be built carefully to ensure their safety, however they are easier to access for rescue purposes – which is a major benefit. In certain areas, people build storm shelters to serve as safe houses, should civil unrest or home invasions occur.
Unfortunately, only a small percentage of storm shelter firms are approved by NSSA (the National Storm Shelter Association). This is the sole regulatory storm shelter organization in America. NSSA assesses things such as correct ventilation in storm shelters, and checks that the firms that sell these structures carry out third party testing. A firm that meets the criteria to belong to NSSA will be able to provide a safe and secure storm shelter. Of course, consulting a knowledgeable professional, who has a track record of installing and constructing these shelters, is always a good idea.