Storm Shelters

Recent devastating Tornadoes bring new interest in Storm Shelters in Springfield, MO

The devastating tornadoes that hit areas near Springfield Missouri (Joplin and Branson) recently, have made many Missourians, stop and take a fresh look at their vulnerability to nature’s unpredictable wrath and to take better preparations for surviving future storms.

The Joplin tornado was the deadliest single tornado since modern record keeping began in 1950 and is ranked as the 7th deadliest in U.S. history.

A natural resource engineering specialist in Springfield MO, said having a storm shelter or a ‘safe room’, built within or near the home can help protect families from injury or death caused by the dangerous forces of extreme winds.

The state of Missouri is in Wind Zone IV, which means winds from severe storms can exceed over 250 miles per-hour. The number of recorded tornadoes in recent years is;

“Missouri tornadoes per-year”

65/2010 102/2006
45/2009 32/2005
93/2008 69/2004

Combining these factors places the entire state at a high risk level that warrants a storm shelter as the preferred method of protection in Springfield Missouri.
You should always keep the storm shelter or safe room uncluttered and easily accessible from all sections of the home. It must be located in a non-flooding area, and anchored securely to resist being blown over or away, and the roof, walls and door made tough enough to keep wind-borne debris from penetrating the shelter.

Average home construction methods using common minimum building codes normally will not provide adequate tornado protection. Most Missouri counties do not have even these minimum building codes.

Storm Shelters Springfield MO
Tornado Shelters Springfield MO

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