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Tornado Room

Updated on February 9, 2012

The picture you're looking at above is actually a concrete telecom shelters. These things generally weight between 30,000 and 60,000 lbs depending on just how large the shelter is.

If you're looking in the midwest of the United States, you know all too well what a tornado is and how much damage they can cause. Year after year tornados rip through the plains states, destroying one town after another.

Some people find it thrilling, others are scared for their lives. If you're in the latter group, you want something to keep you safe when the tornado sirens blare and the dark clouds roll in. Some places don't have basements for numerous reasons. In some areas the ground is all rock and making a basement isn't worthwhile for the developer and in trailer parks the homes have to be movable so they can't have a basement.

If you don't have a basement or if your basement just doesn't give you a safe enough feeling, you should consider a tornado room . A tornado room will give you excellent protection in the event of a tornado. Some people have even gone as far as to have their houses build around these tornado room s, having them located at the center of the house so that the house provides extra protection for the tornado room .

More commonly, a tornado room would be placed outside and within a short distance of an exit of the house.It needs to be close so that anyone seeking shelter can quickly enter the tornado room and to reduce the risk of bodily injury.

The tornado room could also be partially or completely buried to ensure complete protection for anyone taking shelter in the tornado room . While it may take a little more time to get into the tornado room , this would provide the most protection for the user.


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      Christine Mulberry 7 years ago

      I had never heard of these. I live in Indiana and we certainly have Tornados periodically but my husband didn't want a basement on the house so...wish we had something!