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Why Every Family Needs a Storm Shelter, and What You Should Include

FEMA inspects storm shelter

Storm season is well on its way!  Make sure that you and your family have somewhere safe to seek refuge.  While building a storm shelter may cost a bit upfront, you’ll never be more grateful for it when a bad storm touches down in your neighborhood. 

What is a Storm Shelter?

Storm shelters are not just any old room in your basement or underground cellar.  The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) requires that storm shelters must be able to withstand 250mph winds and over 3,000 pounds of force.  These structures are typically constructed out of concrete, steel, and fiberglass.  They can be either above or below ground and will provide the protection you need.  

What should you include?

It’s important to keep some essential emergency supplies in your storm shelter.  Plan on having enough supplies to last a few days, just in case.  These supplies should include:

  • Water
  • Non-perishable food
  • Radio
  • Flashlight
  • Extra blankets/clothing (including sturdy shoes so you can walk around safely after coming out)
  • A 5-galon bucket with a lid, half-filled with kitty litter (this will be your toilet)
  • First aid kit/supplies
  • Entertainment (books, portable DVD player, cards, etc.)
  • Air horn/whistles in case you get trapped inside

Right before each storm season, go through your supplies to make sure nothing has expired.  Hopefully, you won’t ever have to use your shelter, or at least not stay in there long.  But, it’s always best to be prepared!  

Stay Safe

Equipped with your own storm shelter, stocked with all the essentials, you can stay safe during any storm that comes your way!


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