Tornado Guard™ Storm Shelter FAQ's
Has Tornado Guard been tested?
Yes, Tornado Guard has been hydrostatically tested.
How much do storm and tornado shelters like Tornado Guard cost?
Concrete storm shelters are cheap and so are septic tanks; both have been used by households. Shelters in general range from $1,500 to $5,000 depending on size, material, etc. with the low end “septic” tanks sometimes selling in the $700-$800 range.
I’m interested in purchasing Tornado Guard’s storm shelter – how do I get started and what are the steps?
Contact Tornado Guard. When ordering, a $500 deposit is all that is required (the balance is due when shipped). Tornado Guard can ship to your door and will provide a tracking number to track your storm shelter’s shipping progress.
How do I install the storm shelter, or do I need a contractor?
If you have any construction knowledge at all, you can probably be your own contractor. The shelters come with an Owner’s Manual and we’re available by phone if you or your installers have any questions.
What size storm shelter do I need and what sizes do you offer?
By FEMA square foot standards, each of Tornado Guard’s storm
shelters will hold 6 adults. Our single family units are
available in two sizes: 4’ tall, 6’ by 6’ and 6’ tall, 6’ by 6’.
Where are you located and do you offer shipping?
We are located in central Missouri (Clark, MO) and offer shipping to your door.
How long does the typical install take?
The typical storm shelter installation can be completed in one day although you should count on two for assurance.
How is Tornado Guard installed? Please explain.
A hole (approximately 7 x 7’) is dug at the depth of the shelter to be installed. Place compactable fill or sand in the bottom of the whole and have the appropriate distance from the bottom of the hole to the top of the finished floor. After the shelter is set, fill around the shelter with more fill. We recommend shoveling out a small trench (8” x 12”) around the top of the shelter to simulate a small concrete “cap” when poured. After the concrete cures, place the door/hatch in the opening and secure with Tapcon® concrete screws in the pre-drilled holes. These detailed installation instructions are included in your Owner’s Manual.
What materials are used when manufacturing a storm shelter from Tornado Guard?
The shelter itself is manufactured by applying fiberglass and resin to molds that have been designed to a certain size shelter. The hatch is fabricated with a steel frame, ribs and plate steel for protection. Tornado Guards storm shelters also contain a fiberglass cover to keep the debris out. The hatch typically opens up, but can be lowered down into the shelter by removing 4 wing nuts. This is a unique design.
Will Tornado Guard protect my family from other storm conditions such as lightning?
The Tornado Guard is non-conductive fiberglass. While in the shelter, you will not be affected by a conductive charge. The door is steel and by instruction in the Owner’s Manual, you should not be sitting under the steel door.
Do cell phones work in tornado and storm shelters?
In most cases, cell phones will work. We advise you to check out your cell signal prior to an emergency. If your cell phone doesn’t have a signal, you may want to invest in our Guard Alert system which is an option that provides electricity, phone, TV, a ventilating fan and two emergency siren capabilities. The fan and siren are backed up with a 12 volt battery with a trickle charger that keeps the battery fully charged at all times. Typical functional battery time is 22 hours for the siren and fan after power is lost.