PADUCAH, Ky. -
Storm shelters can save lives during severe weather, but there are some things you need to consider before you buy one. First, figure out a budget. A smaller shelter can cost between $3,000-$4,000, but a big one can set you back upward of $15,000.
Also, think about how many people need to fit inside and how much space there is on your property. That will also help you decide what size shelter to get. If there isn't enough room for an underground shelter, consider an above ground unit that bolts into a concrete floor.
Shelters at Storm Shield Tornado Shelter in Paducah are made out of fiber glass. The sales manager, John Kuhn, said they can last for generations. "If it's built strong enough to hold up to the water pressure that's underground in certain areas, it'll last a lot longer than any steel or concrete one that's for sure."
Check to make sure any shelter you buy is built to FEMA standards. Also, the shelters made at storm shield have steps that are American Disabilities Act compliant.
Storm shelters can protect you from tornadoes, but disaster shelters go deeper into the ground. Those are designed to protect people from chemical warfare, or nuclear blasts.