Benefits of Bolt Together Safe Rooms

Benefits of Bolt Together Safe Rooms

Over the years, above ground safe rooms have started to become more and more popular all throughout Tornado Alley. For people who are not familiar with safe rooms, think of them as a steel closet that is bolted into your garage floor. To many Oklahomans, the thought of being above ground during a tornado could sound terrifying, but after much testing and investigation, safe rooms are statistically just as safe as being underground as long as they meet certain criteria. Nobody has been injured or killed in an above ground safe room that has received a passing grade from Texas Tech Universities Wind Institute in Lubbock, Texas. Our safe rooms passed these test and you can watch video of this on the video portion of our website. FEMA also has a set of guidelines that you must meet when building a safe room. We exceed FEMA guidelines by 50% or more throughout every aspect of construction.  We use thicker steel then is required, more locking mechanisms, more ventilation cutouts, and probably most importantly, more bolts anchoring the safe room into your slab.

 

Like we said previously, safe rooms are becoming a lot more popular. This type of storm shelter is great for elderly couples who maybe can’t get down steps as easily or as quickly as may be required in order to seek safety inside an underground garage storm shelter or outdoor storm cellar. They are also very popular options for families with a member with a disability or in a wheel chair. Just think for a moment, if you had a child in a wheel chair home by themselves during severe weather, what would you do? An underground storm shelter could be useless in this scenario. Some people feel more claustrophobic being below ground, thus, above ground storm shelters may offer more comfortability. Safe rooms are also great because they have the abilty to be moved. If you move to a new home sometime in the future, you can take the safe room with you if you choose. One of the big drawbacks we hear when discussing safe room options is that many people fear they will lose too much space in their garage. For this concern, there is an easy solution, bolt together safe rooms.

 

Our bolt together above ground safe rooms are great because they allow people that are in an existing home to install their safe room inside of the house. A lot of companies only build pre fabricated safe rooms, meaning, they are already built when they show up for install. These type of safe rooms offer limited options on where they can be installed. It’s pretty much either inside of your garage or maybe a backyard patio. Bolt together safe rooms come in panels that our installers will put together at your house. The installation is easy and is a one day job. We can put these anywhere inside your home so that you don’t lose any space inside the garage. Most people usually elect to install them inside of a closet or spare bedroom.  If you have any other questions or want more information, call one of our showrooms in either Oklahoma City or Tulsa.  We have sales reps that would be more then happy to assist you!

 

 

F5 Storm Shelters OKC (405) 824-7209

Tulsa (918) 970-4770 Stay Alive, Call F5!

Inside of a bolt together above ground safe room

Inside of a bolt together above ground safe room

 

Bolt together Above ground Safe room

This is what our bolt together above ground safe rooms look like from the outside. They are just as safe as being underground.

Do Tornadoes Happen During Winter?

Do Tornadoes Happen During Winter?

Most people are well aware that spring time in Oklahoma means storm season. The Fall season is also  a hot time of the year for producing tornadoes, but what about Winter? Is it possible to have tornadoes during the Winter months? The short answer is yes. Tornadoes can happen anywhere and at anytime. The state of Oklahoma has reported touchdowns in every month of the year. Obviously, the Spring time gets all the attention, and rightfully so. However, people need to be cautious of severe weather throughout the entire year. Since 1950, Oklahoma averages one tornado a month during the winter time.

Tornadoes that happen during the Winter season are different from their Spring counterparts. Winter tornadoes, although much more rare, are quite a bit faster then Spring time tornadoes. Winter tornadoes also develop a lot more quickly then Spring season tornadoes. This presents a pretty scary thought in the sense that you have tornadoes that move along the ground more quickly and form more quickly. This gives your family a lot less time less time to take cover. Winter tornadoes are also more likely to occur late at night. Tornadoes are often the last thing on a person’s mind during December so when you add in these factors, Winter tornadoes have potential to be more deadly then in the Spring! Make sure you practice a family tornado drill at your home every few months and always makes sure to be weather alert. There is little time to get to safety during the winter season when we experience severe weather.

Does your family have a plan? Do you have a place to go to insure that you are safe? If you have any questions then call us. One of our sales representatives would be more then happy to give you advice on a proper survival plan as well as give you information on all of our underground storm shelters and above ground safe rooms. We are here to help and will do everything in our power to help make sure all families in Oklahoma are safe during severe weather whenever it may strike.  Stay Alive, Call F5!

tornadoes by month in Oklahoma

Tornadoes by month in the state of oklahoma

F5 Storm Shelters OKC – 16524 N. Pennsylvania Ave. Edmond, Ok 73012  (405) 824-7209

F5 Storm Shelters of Tulsa 10846 S. Memorial Dr. Tulsa, Ok 74133 (918) 970-4770

Are you in the process of building a house and thinking about getting a storm shelter?

Are you in the process of building a house and thinking about getting a storm shelter?

Are you thinking about building a new home or even in the process of building? Have you been putting off buying a storm shelter because you have known the passed few years that you were not going to be in your current home long term? If any of these scenarios describe your current situation then F5 Storm Shelters has an idea that may be of interest to you. If you are about to start building and are interested in putting in a storm shelter then a really smart idea is to do a pre-construction installation. You may be asking yourself, ‘what does this mean?’ The answer is this, a pre-construction install (or, as we like to call it, a Dig and Stick) is done right before your builder is planning on pouring your slab.

This time of the year is a perfect for pre-construction jobs because we are not as backed up as we are in the Spring and Summer seasons so they are a lot easier to plan and coordinate. We can coordinate with your builder when he/she is planning on pouring the slab for your foundation. Once we know the date and as it gets closer to that time we will talk with your builder and make sure they are on schedule and ready for the tornado shelter to be installed. These jobs are pretty similar to a regular job in the fact that when we show up we will dig out the area you and your builder have marked for where you are wanting the storm shelter. WE dig the hole and once it is level, we put the shelter in the ground. We tell the builder ahead of time to mark on the stem wall were they are planning to pour the slab to and that marker gives us the area where we need to set the shelter to.

Once the shelter is properly in place, we will back fill down the sides of the storm shelter with some of the dirt we dig out. Tamping this dirt will insure that the shelter will not move prior to the pouring of your foundation. We will wrap up the lids with plastic wrap just in case in rains before they have all the framing and roof done. This will help eliminate any water or debri from getting inside. Within a few days, the foundation will be ready to be poured and they will pour wet concrete down the sides of the storm shelter, anchoring the shelter into the grounds. After this is completed, you have yourself a fully installed storm shelter. It’s just that easy.

Why install it this way and not just worry about it once the house is completed you may be thinking? Well, there are a few reasons. First of all is money. This type of installation is cheaper for the customer. At F5 Storm Shelters, you can save $150 by getting your shelter installed pre-construction because this type of install takes a lot less time. Typically, we can complete a pre-construction job in an hour and a half to two hours. Normal installs take anywhere from four to eight hours depending on size. WE also don’t have to worry about doing any of the concrete work because the people that pour the foundation will be taking care of it. Another reason to install your storm shelter pre-construction is because of placement. WE can put these shelters anywhere in the garage or house. We typically install tornado shelters about a foot in from your garage door and then about two and a half feet in from the exterior wall. We have a lot more freedom with pre-construction installations because there are not any obstacles in our way and we don’t have to worry about hitting any of your property. We have installed underground garage shelters in bedroom closets and underneath future stair cases by doing this type of installation.

If you have any questions or want more info about pre-construction installations, call one of our two locations.

F5 Storm Shelters OKC (405) 824-7209
Tulsa (918) 970-4770 Stay Alive, Call F5!

Pre construction storm shelter installation

Pre construction storm shelter installation

pre-construction storm shelter installation in back of garage.

Storm shelter installed in back of garage

Take Shelter Oklahoma

Take Shelter Oklahoma

Take Shelter Oklahoma is a citizen led effort to place an initiative petition on a statewide ballot to provide for the construction of storm shelters in all public schools in the state of Oklahoma. They need 155,000 signatures in the next 90 days in order to get this topic listed on the next voting ballot.

If you are interested in helping achieve this goal, please come by either of our showrooms in OKC or Tulsa and sign a petition to help get this put on the voting ballot. You can also go to Take Shelter Oklahoma’s website for more information on how to sign the petition online. The link is http://takeshelterok.com/

We think it is very important for everybody to do their part their part to try and prevent a situation like what happened at plaza towers from ever happening again. Having tornado shelters in every school is a good step in the right direction.

 

F5 STORM SHELTERS

Storm Shelters, Tornado Shelters, Safe Rooms

Tulsa – (918) 970-4770
Oklahoma City – (405) 824-7209

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Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events

Well everybody, we have almost made it through another hot Oklahoma summer. This year wasn’t so bad, but things have really heated up since early August. Fall is almost here and with that comes cooler weather, football, and of course the fair! F5 Storm Shelters is excited to announce that this year we will at both The state fair of Oklahoma in OKC, as well as the Tulsa state fair. The Oklahoma City show gets up and running a little bit earlier. The dates run from September 11th through the 21st. The hours of operation will be from 8am-10pm everyday of the show. The Tulsa fair gets up and running soon after. The show dates in Tulsa are Thursday, September 25th through Sunday, October 5th. The show will be open until 10pm every night.

We will have underground garage storm shelter and above ground safe room models at both events. If you have been thinking about purchasing a tornado shelter, but have been putting it off, then this is an event you must attend. We will be offering a special ‘fair rate’ on all of our shelters. This is guaranteed to be the lowest price of the year. We can also get your storm shelter installed in under a month! Don’t wait around until January or March when their will be long waiting lists and higher prices. Come out and see us at the fair and check out what we have to offer.

 

F5 STORM SHELTERS

Storm Shelters, Tornado Shelters, Safe Rooms

Tulsa – (918) 970-4770
Oklahoma City – (405) 824-7209

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