When I did my in-law's house in Missouri, we added a small "tornado" room
for relatively little cost in the basement. It's concrete 6 sides with
appropriate doors. Prolly much less costly and far more convenient than
something outside and separate.
Maybe by 6 sides he meant, including floor and ceiling...?
I'm with you there, tho' from what I've seen (such as it is), the trend
seems to have been for developments to have the houses on slabs. No doubt
it's cheaper (for the builder that is) than putting in a basement.
Personally, I'd have thought that the climate extremes of the continental
climate type (i.e. at the continent's interior, unmitigated by any large
body of water) would lead to as awful lot of buckling, which is one of the
things I don't like about slab construction - it's not like most places
have the slabs built on stable'stabilized pillars.
So, an above-ground "shelter room" is all that most people can probably
get, since I'm also sure the yards in the majority recent developments
(i.e. regardless of geographical area) are too tiny to hold an actual
I think these are supposed to be tornado shelters - I've no idea whether
they could stand a direct hit; I think they're mainly supposed to be a
buffer between you and tornado-flung missiles.
But I keep wondering whether a semi-underground "turtle shell" (domed
reinforced concrete) would be able to withstand a hit by a tornado.
Flooding would be a concern but it seems like it'd also lessen the need for
heating and A/C.
Because of flood concerns, I don't think being semi-underground would work
in hurricane-prone areas - but I dunno.
Yup. Indoor "tornado room" is good but best is to be below ground so as to
avoid debris being thrown around at 100+ mph.
New? Oh where's the fun in that =:-o
Right. IMO, always a really good idea. Makes a good "provate space" ;)
And, if nothing else, you can go down there and blast the stereo and party
to your heart's content <G!>
You also can buy units that come pretty much stocked with things like air
filter, heater, power supply, and so on, tho' I have no recollection of
price ranges. They're reinforced steel blunt-edged cylinders, I think
originally mfg.d to be truck-mounted gas/chemical transport containers (so
they're also leakproof).
Yup. Very interesting idea. The lack of windows was a bit disturbing, but
it all depends upon one's psychology, and one's decorating skills <g>.
OTOH, when they go outside, it's all sky and grassland - imagine, no people
for miles around, no poop from the neighbor's pets, or strewn junk form the
neighbors' kids, or peopel always banging on your door trying to seel you
junk or convert you or whatever, no damn lawnmower or leafblower racket
every day of the week, no nosy nellies trying to pry into your business or
tell you how to live...
...just about heaven in that regard <G!>
Glad to hear you came through it fine.
Good to hear the house suffered only cosmetic damage.
Sorry to hear you were bored. Being an easterner by birth, and having
spent 6 days without power during a nor-easter in 1997, I can say that
it doesn't have to be boring.
Once the storm's passed through and you don't need to stay sober for
safety, gather a flashlight with batteries, a bottle of cheap, strong
liquor a big book or a collection of National Geographics and a
newspaper or magazine or two - even old ones are OK. You can sustain
interest for days.
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