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 How to Choose the Right Tornado Shelter for Your Oklahoma Home

Tornado shelters are a vital aspect of safety planning in Oklahoma, where severe weather is a common occurrence. Choosing the right tornado shelter can be a life-saving decision. This guide will help you navigate the options available and make an informed choice that suits your needs. Arrow Fence & Shelter LLC, as one of Oklahoma’s leading licensed installers, is here to ensure your chosen solution is implemented flawlessly.

Before selecting a shelter, it’s essential to understand the level of tornado risk in your area. Oklahoma is situated in the heart of “Tornado Alley” and experiences frequent severe storms. This high-risk factor increases the importance of having a robust and reliable tornado/ storm shelter.

Underground Shelters


  • Protection: Offers maximum protection from extreme winds and debris.
  • Temperature Control: Naturally insulated, providing a comfortable refuge.


  • Water Infiltration: Ensure proper waterproofing to avoid flooding.
  • Accessibility: Not always suitable for those with mobility issues.

Above-Ground Shelters


  • Accessibility: Easier access, especially for those with disabilities.
  • Installation Flexibility: Can be installed inside an existing structure or outdoors.


  • Visibility: More visible, potentially affecting your home’s aesthetic.
  • Space Utilization: Requires careful placement to optimize space and maintain safety.

Materials and Build Quality

The durability of a tornado shelter is crucial. High-quality steel is commonly used for both underground and above-ground shelters because of its strength and resistance to debris impact. Verify that the shelter meets FEMA P-320 and ICC-500 standards, which ensure it can withstand winds up to 250 miles per hour.

Size and Capacity

Consider the size of your family and any potential growth in the future. The shelter should comfortably accommodate everyone in your household. Standard sizes typically range from small units that fit 2-3 people to larger ones that can hold over a dozen.

Ventilation Systems

Proper ventilation is essential to ensure a safe and breathable environment during extended periods inside the shelter. Look for shelters equipped with ventilation systems designed to operate even during power outages.

Easy Access

In a tornado warning, time is of the essence. Your shelter should be easy to access quickly. For underground models, consider a location close to your residence but away from potential debris. Above-ground shelters should be readily accessible from within your home.


Professional installation is key to ensuring that your tornado shelter functions as intended. Arrow Fence & Shelter LLC specializes in both underground and above-ground shelter installations, ensuring compliance with all safety regulations and building codes.

For Underground Shelters

  • Proximity to Your Home: Ideally, the shelter should be close enough to your home to access quickly in an emergency.
  • High Ground: To avoid flooding, choose a higher elevation area if possible.

For Above-Ground Shelters

  • Interior Rooms: If installing inside, choose a central location away from windows.
  • Garage Installation: A common choice for ease of access and use of space.

Regular maintenance ensures your shelter remains reliable when you most need it. Inspect your shelter annually for signs of wear and tear, ensure doors and locks function correctly, and check for any water issues, especially in underground shelters.

Arrow Fence & Shelter LLC is one of only three licensed Access Control installers in Oklahoma, providing professional installation services for a wide range of tornado shelters. We offer:

  • Expert Installation: Our team is trained and certified, ensuring your tornado shelter is installed to the highest standards.
  • Customization: We can tailor shelters to meet your specific needs and preferences.
  • Comprehensive Service: From consultation to installation and maintenance, we handle every aspect of your tornado shelter project.

Don’t wait until it’s too late. Contact Arrow Fence & Shelter LLC today to discuss your tornado shelter needs. Whether you’re looking for an underground or above-ground model, our expert team will guide you through every step of the process, ensuring your family’s safety during tornado season.

Call us at (405) 261 0475 or visit our website at https://arrowfenceokc.com/ to schedule your consultation and learn more about our tornado shelter solutions.

Prepare for tornado season with confidence. Choose Arrow Fence & Shelter LLC for your tornado shelter installation and ensure peace of mind for years to come.

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