Torshel’s underground storm shelters are designed to provide your family with maximum tornado protection. Such units can be installed right into your garage in an existing house or anywhere in a new house, regularly at a closet, where it also serves as a panic room safe vault.
Having the shelter installed in the garage or other covered area keeps it safe from the tornado’s climate. Underground installations allow residents to get into their shelter without having to run through wind, hail, rain or other dangerous weather conditions.
In-ground shelters are not recommended for people that live in flood-prone areas, near a river or lake, and / or in areas with high water tables. They are also not recommended for those who are on a wheelchair or for elderly customers.
Rocky areas: If you live in an area known for having lots of solid rocks, a safe room will be the best and cheapest option.
If you have limited space in your garage an in-ground storm shelter is a great option. Those who live in a mobile home, or do not have a garage, or maybe have a garage with post-tension cables, can use an outdoor in-ground shelter.
Prior to buying your in-ground shelter, you must call the 811 to ensure that no buried utilities are in the chosen area of installation.
In-Ground Garage Shelter Specifications
- Steel construction
- 10 GA or 3/16” walls and 1/4″ steel plate doors
- Easy sliding door design
- Rust-resistant coating
- Sacrificial magnesium anode
- Commercial grade weatherproofing
- Coal Tar Epoxy coating to prevent corrosion
- Built-in steps and seating, removable stairs to make extra room
- Built-in ventilation
- Back door releases from inside
- Exceeds FEMA guidelines
- Battery powered fans (last 16 hours)
- Battery powered LED light (last 16 hours)
- 8 ton hydraulic jack with stand included
- Shelter must be registered with local or state emergency agencies
FOR XSMALL, SMALL AND MEDIUM UNDERGROUND SHELTERS AN EXTRA HEIGHT CAN BE ADDED UP TO 6’2″ TALL. GARAGE MUST BE 7″ HEIGHT. COST OF UPGRADE- $850
Customers who want a shelter should also consider the geological makeup of the chosen site before deciding whether to purchase an underground shelter or safe room. A safe room is recommended for those who live in areas that are prone to flooding or for customers who have accessibility issues.
Pets may also enter the shelter during a storm, as they are also a part of the family. We recommend that people with small pets use a cage to help reduce stress. Those with larger pets can take them inside the shelter before a storm so they can get used to it, and feel more comfortable in the shelter in the event of a storm.
All of our underground shelters and safe rooms come with built-in ventilation, and an emergency crank radio/flashlight/fan.
After installation, Torshel will provide the customers with their respective GPS coordinates for the location of the shelters. The customer must register with local authorities and first responders so they can locate you in case of an emergency.