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.

Due to it's resemblance to the Star Wars space station we're gonna call this the "Life Star". I kept hearing faintly,"Luke I am your Father" while building it for some strange reason. All kidding aside, this is for those folks who don't have a shelter and can't get to one, especially on short notice like in the middle of the night, this is your answer.

Jay is 6' 7" tall and not only is happy about the legroom but he's finished with the 4,000 + screws inside between the studs. 6-8 Jays can fit inside comfortably because you're sitting in a circle. Going to add tumbling mats for back rests. Unbreakable Lexan on top for light and vents for fresh air.Solid latches and spring loaded hinges

Tornadoes in 14 days of May. A record number.

  Our FEMA certified "survival pod" prototype under construction, is shown here upside down before steel base plate with legs are added.This is also before last doubled plywood.This model is an 8' sphere but is only 75" tall so it will fit in a corner of your garage secured through the slab, taking up as much room as a riding mower with bagger. Unlike the steel boxes seen in the bldg supply stores, these pods have 2 openings for exits and you won't have to be cut out of a metal structure if the door is deformed. This size holds 6-8 comfortably seated in a circle which allows more room than a steel box because of the round shape...natures strongest.

Right side up and you can see the anti squash straps which are overkill...but that's what we do when asking you to sit inside our pods. Shrink wrapped with 10 mil plastic so you wont get wet when the roof is gone from your garage, and 10 attachments to the slab. 5 on the inside and 5 legs on the outside yet to be installed. The door is 1/4" steel plate with a 1" throw bolt to hold it closed. I put the door low so you won't be trapped if debris leans against the pod. The door is spring loaded for easy swing outwards.Takes about the same space as a riding mower with bagger. Price is modest so anybody can afford one, and FEMA will refund most of your money when you do the forms. Call us. It fits nicely on a trailer or flat bed and slides right in the garage door.

The owner of this one  told us "it's a pretty good deal when an F5 hits your house and all you lose is a single window and your dog pees on your foot."

 This dome was impacted by the full funnel on April 27 2011

This box house didn't fare as well in the same tornado

The very same tornado did THIS to the city's EMA headquarters. What you can't see is the intact round water tower in the background.


After Hurricane Alicia..... and an F4 blew OVER the dome to demolish the box house in the foreground


No concrete man  will tell you it 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 really 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 below and on Facebook. Look up NUCOR dome collapse! Not a piece of rebar in sight!


Tuscaloosa's 4 million dollar boondoggle with an 8 year life expectancy roof membrane on it. 

Its not even finished and has cracks running top to bottom already. How do you stop a crack from spreading in cured concrete?


Why not have a shelter that doubles as a community center?
Their (since fired) architect said ours didn't look industrial enough!

This is an artist rendition of our community sized shelter. 11,600 sq ft. That is a complete 6 frequency dome that sits behind a 10' tall 10" thick "rampart" wall with short overhangs, leaving a perfect machinery/ventilation duct work space between the walls and the 5 1/2 degree tilt of the dome. Built for significantly less than the concrete inflatable skin domes which fail before and after construction. N


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

 NEW AGE DOMES is doing something about affordable small community shelters. Our new factory is FEMA 361G certified and now storm ready! We've  had quite a gathering of the neighbors already when the sirens went off.

A few photos of the final 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 another level of strength.

This structure is rated to 400+ mph winds. 2x8 framing with 14 gauge steel liner and (2) layers of 3/4"  plywood per FEMA specs make this  SO overbuilt since it's built to the specs for square buildings. DOMES are 3-4 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 like Bimini shutters. This makes your shelter useful for things other than a place to hide.Your small community's new fire station or city hall can be paid for with USDA grants in place right now!4 small towns have applied in July!

2 years after starting we're done! NO public money, No bankers, just a lot of sweat and determination 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.

The comments here are," Damn ...this is bigger than I thought!"

Notice the extra rebar in the filled concrete cells?

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 you'd like to see what's BEHIND the siding and 2 layers of plywood that you'll otherwise never see. These panels stopped a projectile in testing that was 400% OVER what FEMA requires their 361G specification to stop!