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Above Ground Freestanding Storm Shelter
 
Rest easy, we are an NSSA Producer member. Accept no substitutes; ask for shelters from an NSSA Producer Member. There is a difference.


Why should you purchase a precast concrete above ground freestanding storm shelter from us?
  • Door tested by the Wind Science & Engineering Research Center at Texas Tech University
  • Designed, built and certified to meet the NSSA Standard
  • Can be made wheelchair accessible.
  • You can take this shelter with you to your next home.
  • Peace of mind in knowing that your shelter is manufactured using high strength materials.
  • Shelter is designed for wind speeds of 250 mph which are greater than that of an enhanced F-5 tornado.
  • Precast concrete shelters have low electrical conductivity and noise resonance.
  • Most cellular services are not significantly affected when inside a precast concrete shelter.
  • Freestanding shelter! NO ANCHORING REQUIRED! The shelter weighs nearly 25,000 lbs.!
How many people is this shelter recommended for?

Capacity for 1 and 2 family dwellings (occupant density)
  • Approximately 8 people (if all floor space is empty)
  • The NSSA Standard for tornado shelters requires 3 square feet of usable floor area / occupant in 1 and 2 family dwellings

Capacity for other residential dwellings (occupant density)
  • Floor area/occupant in 1 and 2 family dwellings
  • Capacity for other residential dwellings (occupant density)
  • Approximately 5 people (if all floor space is empty)
  • The NSSA standard for tornado shelters requires 5 square feet of usable floor area/occupant in other residential dwellings

What are the physical dimensions of this shelter?
  • Approximate inside dimensions: 5'-2" Wide x 5'-2" Long x 7' Tall
  • Approximate outside dimensions: 6'-6" Wide x 6'-6" Long x 8'-4" Tall

How much does this shelter weigh?
  • Complete shelter weighs approximately 24,800 lbs.; Door frame weighs approximately 111 lbs.; Door weighs approximately 260 lbs.

Does this shelter need a concrete pad/slab?
  • No, this shelter successfully met the requirements of the NSSA standard without anchoring

What do you need to know when determining where to put your above ground shelter?
  • Our semi-type boom truck is approximately 14 feet tall; clearance to your shelter location will be required.
  • You need to find out if a building permit is required to install your above ground storm shelter. If so, you are responsible for obtaining the correct permit.
  • Most municipalities require shelters to be 3 feet from property lines; verify your distance required.
  • Do not place shelters over underground utility lines or underneath hanging utility lines.
  • Do not place shelters in areas that may be subjected to flooding.
  • Put in a location that will be quickly and easily accessible.
  • You can excavate a hole for this shelter to set into, making the inside floor flush with ground.
  • You can build a ramp to make wheelchair accessible if this shelter is set on top of the ground.
  • C.R. Barger & Sons, Inc. does not offer the excavated hole or the ramp as options - a scheduled visit to your location to confirm installation requirements can be satisfied.

Why should you purchase a precast concrete above ground storm shelter from us?
  • Are you planning on moving at all? You can take this shelter with you to your next home!
  • Our shelter designs were evaluated by an independent, third party engineer for conformance to the NSSA standard.
  • Peace of mind in knowing that your shelter is manufactured using high strength materials.
  • Shelter is designed for wind speeds of 250 MPH which are greater than that of an Enhanced F-5 tornado.
  • Our shelters can be used as a safe room in new home construction or old home renovating/remodeling by special request, our shelter can be used as a safe by modifying our door frame bolts.
  • Precast concrete shelters have low electrical conductivity and noise resonance.
  • Most cellular services are not significantly affected when inside a precast concrete shelter.

Where can you find more information?
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