Learn about above ground storm shelters and below ground storm shelters

FamilySAFE Shelters is dedicated to providing high-quality tornado shelters to the Oklahoma City area, and it’s something that we take pride in. After seeing the destruction that rolls through the town every time a tornado comes in, we were determined to provide the individuals living in the area with the protection that they needed during a storm. If you’re in the market for a tornado shelter to add to your home, then you’ve likely also asked yourself what the difference between an above ground shelter and an underground shelter is. Today we are going to go over a few of the main differences so that you know which one is going to be the best fit for you and your home.


People have always said that the only way to really survive a tornado is by being underground. This may be because tornado shelters have always been built underground, but that isn’t the case anymore. Technology has made it so that both above and underground shelters provide the same amount of security in every situation. So if that is something that is contributing to your decision, then know that both will provide you with safety.

Above Ground Tornado Shelters

One of the main reasons that people add above ground tornado shelters to their home is because they don’t have a basement or a place where they can place their shelter underground. This isn’t a bad option and it still provides plenty of security and protection for your family. Aside from that, you might also be interested in considering whether or not you can take your shelter when you move. This is one of the things that you can’t do with a shelter that is going to be underground.

Underground Tornado Shelters

For most people, the only way that they even think of tornado shelters is underground. This is the most common place that they have been built and installed, but with some houses it isn’t an option. If you are someone that likes the way that these types of structures have always been built below ground, then sticking with this design is something you might want to maintain, especially if your house allows for it. Other than that, something you might want to consider is what the water line looks like in the area that you live in. This is something that could be effected during a tornado, and while your shelter might be safe through the storm, it’s better to have your shelter on high ground in these types of situations.

If you are interested in learning more, the team at FamilySAFE Shelters would love to provide you with more information on which of our shelters will be the best fit for you and your home. Each of the shelters that we’ve created have been the only thing left standing at the end of a big storm, so know that whichever choice you do make, you’re making one that will surely provide your family with shelter and protection during the next streak of bad tornadoes.

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