The Best Above Ground Storm Shelters in America

If you are in a tornado-prone region of America, and if you don’t already have a tornado shelter, it is one of those items that you don’t think you need until you absolutely do need it. Prepare for the worst, hope for the best. One crucial way you can prepare for the high, dangerous winds of a tornado is to get a tornado shelter that you know you can count on. That’s what you get when choose FamilySAFE Max: safety, security, and peace-of-mind.

The Above Ground MAX Shelter is one of the most popular storm shelters that we sell. It provides you with a convenient way to protect you and your family during tornado. You can attach the above ground tornado shelter directly inside of your house or garage, giving you a quick escape when extreme weather suddenly hits. The MAX door is built with two totally impenetrable skins with internal square tubing on the inside.

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The FamilySAFE Above Ground Tornado Shelter

FamilySAFE offers two kinds of shelters. The above-ground tornado shelter and the below ground storm shelter.

Our above ground tornado shelters are available in two different styles. We have a solid, welded one piece storm shelter as well as our bolt together storm shelter when installation inside the home is necessary. Both units are EF5 certified and offer you complete protection from the storm as well as intruders and will provide you with equal amounts of safety during a variety of natural disasters.

The in-ground storm shelter and lid kit is totally unique to the industry and is unlike any other inground indoor tornado shelter, check out how great this type of storm shelter can be to add onto your house. Contact FamilySAFE Shelters to get your free tornado shelter quote today.

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Patent-Pending Tornado Shelter Technology

The new patent pending “no-pinch” MAX door is comprised of two thick impenetrable skins separated by an internal square tubing frame. Because it weighs around 400lbs, FamilySAFE manufactures our own very large hinges for all of our above ground storm shelters. These exclusive hinges serve a major role in the FamilySAFE SAFE-T-DOOR system and allow for a very easy, smooth swing. Our SAFE-T Door insures that you and your family do not become trapped inside your custom tornado safe room after a deadly tornado.

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Securing the door are three commercial grade one locks that allow the room to double as a gun safe or a vault when not in use as a storm shelter or tornado safe room. In addition to the locks, the door may also be secured with two solid 1”x1” bars.

At FamilySAFE we believe that we’re making one of the strongest above ground storm shelter doors in the industry. In fact, just the storm shelter door has over 250,000 lbs of sheer resistance. Not only are our tornado shelter doors strong, they still incorporate all the rigorous safety features that make being trapped inside the above ground tornado shelter virtually impossible, and our exclusive no-pinch clearance system helps to prevent fingers from getting caught in the door. That is security and peace of mind that your family can rely on.

Sizes: 3.5’x5’ 4‘x4’ 4’x6’ 4’x8’ 6’x6’ 6’x8’ 8’x8’ 8’x10’ 8’x12’

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Our tornado shelters are tested to withstand EF5 level winds at Texas Tech University and meet or exceed the criteria in FEMA P-320 (FEMA, 2008a) and FEMA P-361 (FEMA, 2008b). See our Tornado Shelter FAQ for more information.


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Video Tour of FamilySAFE MAX

FamilySAFE Missouri Dealer Robert Rayl gives a video tour of one of our tornado shelters.

FamilySAFE MAX shelter features:

  • Fully engineered drawings and specs.
  • HILTI anchorage system.
  • Patent pending Safe-T door with lock releases.
  • 4×4 electrical box with a 3/4″ conduit hole for electricity.
  • Flush type roof vent for easy HVAC ducting.
  • Stainless steel lever handle.
  • Loss of only 2.5″ per wall finished unit.
  • Door venting (return air vents).
  • Limited Lifetime warranty.

When you need the best storm shelter for your home, be sure to partner with FamilySAFE Shelters. Contact us to answer any questions you may have and to get started on your custom project today. Learn more about our custom safe rooms, commercial storm shelters, and the best tornado shelters on the market.