Learn how to not get stuck in a storm shelter

So you’ve invested in an underground storm shelter, located conveniently in your garage, and by every meaning of the phrase you have followed this step by step, in a textbook manner. If you’ve kept up with our blog posts, then you’ve likely stocked it properly and have ensured that you and your family will be well prepared in the time you have to spend in there. The last thing that you really expect is for the storm to end, and for you all to be stuck in there.

Park Accordingly

The most common way for people to wind up stuck in a shelter is because their house has collapsed on top of it. One of the main benefits of having your storm shelter in your garage is that you can use your car as protection from this exact problem. By parking your car accordingly, you can have a little more control and protection from any debris that does fall down during the tornado.

Hydraulic Jack

If you are someone who would always rather be safe than sorry, then leaving a hydraulic jack in your underground shelter is something that you should take the time to do. This specific device can lift up to 8 tons of debris, which is about what you can expect after some of the tornadoes that come through tornado alley. One of the other reasons that this is such a great thing to add to your shelter is that it allows for a pretty decent amount of space to crawl out of when it is fully extended. The two factors combined should give you all the peace of mind that you need in regards to getting stuck.

Talk to Neighbors

In the case of a tornado, your neighbors are going to be in a similar situation, but depending on location and the damage done to their home, they might be much more likely to help you get out of a sticky situation like this one. Talk to your neighbors and go to the different shelters that you both have that way you can at least have someone nearby that knows where you and your family would be if a tornado did hit.


It isn’t uncommon for this specific situation to feel so overwhelming. Rather than let it get the best of you in the time that it happens. Do what you can to prepare for the worst circumstances so that you can enter them with the right mindset and finish them in a calm way. This will help you get through and at least come to terms with the options that you have available.

FamilySAFE Shelters has the safety of you and your family prioritized. We continue to do our absolute best to provide you with up-to-date information so that you’re entirely ready for when the circumstances arrive. While this is definitely helpful, the most important thing is that you’re able to stay safe in a shelter that you trust. If you don’t have a storm shelter, then it’s time you reach out to our team and learn more so that we can get you set up!