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Above ground TORNADO shelter

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote sho-man1 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 22 Jul 2021 at 8:45am
There are a few tornado shelter businesses in Joplin, MO.
Here in north Texas it is popular to have an above ground in the house steel room. Home depot sells the round steel ones.
Last estimate for semi-submerged concrete clamshell shelter outside my back door was turnkey at 10K. Salesman's jaw dropped when I  asked how he slept at night after robbing people for 7K...They pour pre-formed halves at their shop, dig a hole next to your house, flip one half in the ground, pour flexseal on top, then drop the top half on, couple brackets welded together. Did not go for that one.... 
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote DiyDave Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 22 Jul 2021 at 7:50pm
Originally posted by Coke-in-MN Coke-in-MN wrote:

Mobile home parks (tornado targets) here in MN are required to have storm shelters and they seems to be concrete with earthen berm as easiest and cheapest form of construction to meet code . 
Now it seems if your out in rural area a simple means would be a large oval concrete culvert section with enough dimension to be used for other purposes also . This could be sunk down into side hill or just at lower elevation so as to not look like a eyesore in the front yard .   

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