HOW IMPORTANT IS YOUR SAFETY?

Forever Safe Shelters have met all requirements of the ICC-500 and we take safety so seriously that together with Texas A&M Engineering Extension Services, we came up with testing that goes above and beyond all others. Not only did we conduct the standard debris testing, we also pressure tested our shelters to wind speeds of over 500 mph. Our shelters test to a level 9 ballistics and we have dropped not one, not two, but three cars on the very same shelter!!! See our testing page for more information.
Safety in the making

Safety in the making

Two men placing a concrete panel of a Forever Safe Shelter on foundation slab to be welded

Two men placing a concrete panel of a Forever Safe Shelter on foundation slab to be welded

Workers welding together panels of a forever safe shelter anchored to a home

Workers welding together panels of a forever safe shelter anchored to a home

Workers placing final ceiling panel of Forever Safe Shelter attached to existing home

Workers placing final ceiling panel of Forever Safe Shelter attached to existing home

Framing in completed Forever Safe Shelter to existing home

Framing in completed Forever Safe Shelter to existing home

Completing the roof of a Forever Safe Shelter attached to existing home

Completing the roof of a Forever Safe Shelter attached to existing home

Finished Shelter

Finished Shelter

LET'S ADDRESS A FEW QUESTIONS.

Are above-ground tornado shelters safe?

This shelter picture was taken directly from the FEMA P-320, Fourth Edition/December 2014 and shows a "site-built safe room that withstood the impact of the Moore tornado (Moore, OK, 2013)." The FEMA P-320 is guidance provided by FEMA for safe rooms. Before we dropped a 3,900 pound van from 50 feet onto our shelter, Caleb Holt, PDC Manager for Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service, stated, “with the gravity pull, essentially you’re going to get 195,000 foot-pounds directly impacting this (shelter) and if you calculate that out and think about the fastest wind speed ever recorded in North America, 318 mph, this is going to be in the neighborhood of 1,200 mph.” That’s equivalent to almost 4 EF5 tornadoes bearing down on the shelter at one time! 

What keeps the shelter from blowing away in a storm?

Before installation, steel plates are provided to be installed into the concrete slab while it is being poured. These plates are flush with the engineered slab and the steel framed shelter panels are welded to these plates. This welded anchoring system and the 23,000 pound shelter disallow  wind to be able to get under the structure to pick it up or even move it.

How are the shelters installed?

After your engineered slab has had the weld plates installed and it has cured, we will have your shelter delivered and assembled. A crane or a forklift is used to install the shelters. We start with the wall panels and weld them to the weld plates as well as to each other. Then, we lower the roof panels in position and weld them complete. 

How do you finish out the shelters?

In additions or remodels, shelters can be tied into the existing structure or stand-alone. During new construction the shelters are framed and finished the same as the rest of the home/office. Additionally, the shelters can be finished out to be a walk-in closet, pantry, laundry room, server room, gun safe or even a tool shed. Please see our gallery for more pictures.

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Shelters can be installed during new construction, added onto an existing home or even stand alone to meet your needs for your home, business or school. Forever Safe Shelters can be storm shelters, safe rooms, server rooms or even gun safes. We service all states in tornado alley and beyond. Contact us for more information or with any questions.

FOREVER SAFE SHELTERS

11293 State Hwy 19 North

Athens, Texas 75752

903-675-8424

 

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