How to Build a Tornado Shelter

February 6, 2023

how to build a tornado shelter

Tornadoes are a type of severe storm that can be life-threatening, and if you live in tornado-prone areas it is a good idea to build a tornado shelter. A tornado can carry wind speeds of up to 250 mph (400 km/h), which can blow a house off its foundation.

How to Build a Tornado Shelter

The first step is to decide on the location where you want to place your storm shelter. It can be a basement, a garage, or an interior room on the lowest level of a sturdy, nearby building.

Next, you will need to clear out the space where you plan to place your shelter. This can be done by removing furniture and storage items from the area.

Once you have cleared the area, you need to measure the room. Use a measuring tape to determine the square footage needed for each person to stay in your storm shelter during an emergency.

You also need to stock your tornado shelter with emergency supplies, such as bottled water and nonperishable food. The amount of food and water you need depends on the size of your family.


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