Tornado Shelter Info & Domes in Disasters

NOAA's recent chart shows tornado alley has shifted dramatically eastward.

 If you live in ALABAMA that's not news.

These folks bought this dome because they had heard of their durability in storms

Little did they know it would be in the path of our 2011 F5.

The owner told us it's a pretty good deal when an F5 hits your house and "all you lose is a window and your dog pees on your foot." Direct quote from the owner who was at home when the F5 hit the house squarely.

April 27, 2011

Hurricane Alicia couldn't knock this one over though the neighbors roof is certainly somewhere else.


Katrina didn't get this one though it was inundated 12'

 The folks in THIS concrete foam hybrid, that's all the rage for shelters didn't survive uninjured. THIS VERY DESIGN is the heart of the concrete shelters being built allover using tax payer money and are 3 times as expensive as a NEW AGE shelter.

No concrete man  will tell you concrete won't crack, even with additives, so THIS is the inevitable conclusion of a concrete dome. The manufacturing,transportation and placement of concrete contributes to almost 30%of world's greenhouse gasses. And I personally don't want a million pounds of concrete over my head! They have failed during and after construction as in the NUCOR dome in Baton Rouge that collapsed after finish. Seen on Facebook. Look up NUCOR dome collapse! Not a piece of rebar in sight!

ONE MISSING BOLT caused this monolithic failure!  Taxpayer  money in action...being wasted.

 

 

Why not have a shelter that doubles as a community center?

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History being made in Tuscaloosa Al with FEMA certified 361G shelter


 NEW AGE DOMES is doing something about that very thing. Our new factory is FEMA 361G certified and nearing completion...just hanging massive doors and a little paint. It's ready for storms now and has had quite a gathering of the neighbors already when the sirens went off.

A few photos of the assembly of the panels that make up the energy absorbing nature of the building. Our REGULAR 2x6 dome houses are rated for 250 mph, but this factory using 2x8 and (2) layers of 3/4" plywood over 14 gauge metal is STUPID strong.

This structure is rated to 450 mph winds. 2x8 framing with 14 gauge steel liner and (2) layers of 3/4"  plywood make this  SO overbuilt since it's built to the specs for square buildings. DOMES are 3 times more slippery to wind as verified by Colorado state and Texas Tech wind tunnel tests back in 2000.

NEW AGE shelter domes are 50% less expensive and 200% OVER the missile penetration specs required by FEMA!

Massive 3/8" steel shutters protect the glass yet cant outwards for light. This makes your shelter useful for things other than a place to hide.

Yeah, we're still working on it some 2 years after starting. NO public money. No bankers, just a lot of sweat and proud to do it. At least I'LL have a place to go back to after our next tornado. And if you live in Tuscaloosa...there WILL be another.

I'm afraid the sawhorses weren't up to the task of building these 350# cargo doors. Most shelters will NOT have cargo doors, but we had to have them, for completed panel load out, so we had the specs on FEMA "store bought" doors and beefed them up. Whereas a "store bought " door has 2 layers of metal sandwiching a foam or hollow core, THESE are the same metal thickness on top of 10 layers of laminated wood with a plywood core, 1 1/2" thick! 100 bolts to make them rigid and you have it.

 

 

Maybe a  close up of what's BEHIND the shingles and 2 layers of plywood that you'll never see.