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A Tornado Shelter May Save Your Life

Updated on March 27, 2019
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Scary Tornado Winds


U.S. Tornadoes Statistics

A tornado shelter might have saved many lives in the past few years as a record number of tornadoes hit the midwest in numerous states. The sale of small residential shelters, also known as safe rooms, has increased dramatically. Apparently manufacturers are barely able to keep up with demands, especially in the states that have been hit the hardest.

Every year approximately 1000 tornadoes hit the US, which is more than any other country. Tornado winds are the fastest on earth, and tornadoes can jump around to different areas. So, you cannot predict its path with any certainty. Some storms are actually very quiet, while others roar through like a train. The noise usually depends on what the storm hits. The color of a tornado usually matches the color of the ground.

Topeka, Kansas

May 21, 2011
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Hardest Hit States

The top 10 state list for the number of tornadoes:

  • Texas
  • Oklahoma
  • Florida
  • Kansas
  • Nebraska
  • Iowa
  • Missouri
  • Illinois
  • South Dakota
  • Louisiana

U. S. Tornado Alley


America's Tornado Alley

In 2011, 1,691 deadly tornadoes hit across the United States and the death toll is 358, and 161 individuals died just in Joplin, Missouri. This year more than 60 people have died in the twisters. in 2017, there were 1,522 reports of tornadoes that resulted in 35 deaths.

In Maplesville, Alabama there is a dome shaped shelter which held 50 people in January, as a tornado ripped through their town, and no one died. The problem with large shelters is sometimes twisters arrive before people can get to the shelter.

FEMA recently built another community shelter in Missouri with 12-inch-thick concrete walls that can house 1,243 people. Missouri has had numerouse shelters built by FEMA, which has saved countless lives. They withstand winds up to 250 MPH.

Many states are also giving rebates of up to $1000 for people adding a safe room on their property. Arkansas alone has processed millions of dollars in rebate checks. The amount of home and property loss is probably incalculable. As we have all seen in the news reports on TV, people are left standing in a pile of rumble with virtually nothing left to reclaim.

The area hard hit by tornadoes is referred to as America’s Tornado Alley. In preceding generations, homes were often built with safe rooms of concrete in storm cellars or buried in the back yard. Homes are often built now without basements, which may leave only a bathtub as a place to hide.

Safest Place During a Tornado

Garage Safe Rooms

New safe rooms are often being installed in garages, utilizing thick steel walls and doors that can stand against winds up to 250 miles per hour. They do not typically have electricity, as power lines would be down in those strong winds anyway.

The tornado shelters can be bolted to the floor of a garage or custom made to fit in a small area, like a closet. People use flashlights, bottled water, and a radio while they ride out the storm. This type of structure will run in the range of $3,500 to $6,000. Most of them hold only a few people.

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In Conclusion

At least storm shelters provide safety for the family in the home. They don’t protect the house itself, or all the things we all accumulate over the course of our lives.

Some states have toughened up their building codes. Florida changed theirs after 4 hurricanes hit the state in 2004. It still doesn’t insure no damage to your home, but it may limit the amount of damage. Some things can’t really be replaced, but the most important thing is saving the lives of your family.

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