Insipired by Galixieman's concerns expressed on the credit crunch thread.
I have a cement storm shelter. It is cramed with supplies that would only be blown away if stored in the house or garage or one of my out buliding if a tornado hit.
I have been looking to put in a second underground shelter to accomidate , either more supplies or maybe even the people I already have.
Based on my existing shelter and conversations with shelter manifactuers, I have some serious concerns about the way shelters are designed.
1. My existing shelter accumilates black widow spiders, obviously you cannot hermetically seal the shelter , you do need air to breath... spraying poisons in a small enclosed space that you may need to occupy , especially with young grandchildren does not seem a good option, does anybody have any thoughts.
2. the shelter has only one exit, tornados drop cars and trees in inconvienent places, perhaps blocking the exit, any thoughts on emergency exit... I was thinking hydralic jack and some form of a ram that could force the door from inside.. any thoughts on if the floor could handle such a load as a large tree being forced up by a hydralic ram without colapsing?
3. No shelter maker currently provides for a way to unlock the shelter door from inside, if it was locked from the outside.
4, I do not concider the door lock secure enough for the storage of firearms in the shelter, getting a decent safe down the very narrow and steep stairs seems problematic, and I cannot figure out a good way to secure the safe to the wall or floor that would not risk compromising the water tight integrety of the shelter.
5. I would like to mount some small TV cameras outside the shelter that would allow me to see what is happening above, any thought on tornado proof camera mounts. the small computer monitor types that I could jack into a laptop. Any experenice with the small cheap IR sensitive type cameras incase the storm hits at night?
6. Same as 5 but for attennas for ham, shortwave, GMRS type radios... cell phone reception sucks inside the shelter.
I cannot find a shelter , be it concrete , fiberglass, or steel that provides these features as standard. One fiberglass shelter maker did have the hydralic ram option the first year they made them , but claims thier insurance company forced them to delete the option due to liability concerns. All manifactuers say just notify the local fire department of your shelter location and they will come and clear the entrance for you. the local volunteer fire department will not give me a time estimate as to how long it might take to respond because the scope of damage from any given tornado is not predictable and people safe, but traped in a shelter would have to wait until search for injured is completed.
Any discusion, suggestions experences would be appreciated.