Emergency Shelters

Learn about shelters in the event of an emergency

During a major disaster, you may not have a safe location where you and your family can be protected from pounding rain, destructive winds and flying debris. According to disaster experts, many people's existing basement shelter spaces may fail to fully protect against the elements. Therefore, it's a great idea to purchase specially built emergency shelters so that you know that you'll always be safe during an emergency, no matter what life throws at you.

Permanent Emergency Shelters and Tornado Shelters

One common type of emergency shelter is a permanent shelter built to FEMA or other government regulatory body specifications. These shelters offer excellent protection against all types of weather conditions and can either be purchased and assembled as a kit or specially built by a certified contractor. Permanent tornado and hurricane shelters can be installed in existing sub-ground areas, such as basements. Alternatively, they can be installed above or below ground using a freestanding installation in your backyard. The choice is up to you, depending on the space and money you have available.

Temporary Shelters and Portable Emergency Shelters

Temporary shelters offer good value. These inexpensive shelters are constructed from a wide variety of materials and can be assembled at home with a few simple tools. The most common example of a temporary shelter is a heavy-duty survival tent made of canvas or weatherproof synthetic material. Survival tents are easy to put together, inexpensive and great for shelter against minor to moderate storms. However, they will not stand up to severe storms, so they are best used as alternate shelter. They also work in cases where tornadoes or hurricanes are not expected.

For more severe weather conditions, check out module portable emergency shelters. These reasonably priced shelters consist of heavy duty metal or fiberglass panels that, when assembled, conform to standard housing regulations for emergency shelters. They not only protect against water, wind and extreme temperatures, but can also provide relatively comfortable housing for several months. This protective feature could save your life in the event of a major natural or man-made disaster. Another benefit of these types of shelters is that they can be wired to generators and pumps to provide electricity and running water after a disaster.

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