Thursday, June 16, 2011

Tornado Safe Rooms

According to F.E.M.A. tornado safe rooms save lives, they have been spreading that message hard and fast since 1999, and they have picked up that campaign again after the Joplin and Alabama tornadoes obliterated entire communities. That is the first point that F.E.M.A. wants everyone to understand, safe rooms equal survival, having a safe room is almost a sure guarantee that you will survive most tornadoes. If you have a tornado shelter built by F-5 shelters then you are guaranteed near absolute protection according to F.E.M.A. F-5 Shelters are built withstand wind speeds of up to 330 mph, that is well above F-5 grade wind speed, they are also built in accordance with the stringent guidelines of F.E.M.A. 320.

Funding and initiatives
There are many states that have funding and rebate programs available to help with the cost of installing a tornado safe room. Ohio, Missouri, Alabama, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Kansas, and Iowa are all states where FEMA has rebate programs available that could get you up to 75% of your money back. Local initiatives often have a cap on the amount of money that they can be reimbursed, so the total reimbursement may not always be as high as 75%, but it will generally be much higher than 0%. F-5 Shelters works alongside many insurance companies to make sure that you aware of all the options that you have at your disposal. There are also state programs, if you live in a state that has filed for Hazard Mitigation Program Funds, you may be entitled to receive 75% of your money back. There are many ways to save on tornado safe rooms, the best thing to do is go to the F.E.M.A website and research the facts, or call F-5 Shelters and they can help you work it all out.

Practical Investment
No matter which angle you look at it from, tornado safe room is one of the best investments you can make in your home, and in your future. Aside from the obvious safety provided for your family during a tornado, safe rooms can raise the value of your home, and give you that priceless thing called peace of mind. As a property owner, or landlord, if you are going to be doing any remodeling of the home, that is the perfect time to invest and have a safe room built. Safe rooms can help with the resale value of the home in the long run, especially for homes located in tornado alley.

Multiple uses
Safety rooms or tornado shelters are not just hunks of steel or concrete that sits there uselessly until a tornado comes and then you use it for 2 minutes only to never use it again. In home safe rooms can be designed to double as walk in closets, storage rooms, even bathrooms. The designs of today are much more versatile than those nuclear bunkers of the 1950’s. If you have one of the lockable steel units sold by F-5 Shelters then you can use it as a gun safe, or as a fireproof safe to keep your valuables protected at all times. Tornado safe rooms are not just for when a tornado strikes, but even if they were, wouldn’t that be worth it?

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