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The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) categorizes a safe room as a “a hardened structure specifically designed to meet the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) criteria and provide near-absolute protection in extreme wind events, including tornadoes and hurricanes.” FEMA goes on to assert, “Having a safe room in your home can help provide near-absolute protection for you and your family from injury or death caused by the dangerous forces of extreme winds.” Yet safe rooms come in many shapes and sizes. You can get in-ground shelters or above-ground shelters, you can get them made of different materials, you can get them heavier or lighter, and you can get them larger or smaller. Understanding what your needs are — such as how many people will be able to use it comfortably, etc. will play a big role in determining which storm shelter you decide to get. Want help narrowing down your options?

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What Is a Safe Room, and What Are Their Design Requirements?

Safe rooms are hardened structures designed to meet FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) criteria regarding the life-safety protection during extreme wind events, such as hurricanes and tornadoes. Getting a FEMA-compliant steel storm shelter or safe room from FamilySAFE Shelters installed somewhere on your property is a great way to give yourself the peace of mind knowing that, if and when an extreme wind event occurs, you are prepared. Our tornado shelters and safe rooms were designed to withstand any and all tornadoes, including up to EF5 (tornadoes with wind speeds greater than 200 mph). 

FamilySAFE Shelters is the most experienced storm shelter and safe room company in the USA. It is our life and driving force, and we will never cut any corners on our shelters’ designs or the way they are installed. Every FamilySAFE storm shelter is engineered, tested, and certified, and will be installed ONLY by our HILTI trained and certified FamilySAFE installers. We are proud of the fact that we have had over a dozen FamilySAFE tornado safe rooms and shelters that have successfully survived direct hits from EF4 and EF5 tornadoes, without even becoming dented. When it comes to hurricane and tornado safety, one of the absolute most important things you can do to ensure your safety is to prepare in advance, in particular getting a reliable, safe place for you and your family to remain safe during the extreme weather.  

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How Much Does a Storm Shelter or Safe Room Cost?

An above-ground storm shelter can cost anywhere between $3,000 and $15,000. Compare that to an underground unit, which runs between $4,000 and $30,000. An above-ground storm shelter or safe room is typically installed in a garage or basement, and is ideal for properties with high water tables or for homeowners who want a place they can get to faster. It also is easier to install, and therefore less expensive. 

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