Congratulations on installing a storm shelter in your home! It really feels great being able to provide shelter to your loved ones especially during the severe storms. Now that you have the storm shelter installed, here are some storm shelter tips to help you keep your shelter in good shape for the next severe storm.
If you ordered your storm shelter from a reputable short shelter company like Preferred Storm Shelters OKC, then you’re off to a great start. Just like you need to take care of a new car, you’ll need to take care of your storm shelter. Thankfully, there’s not a whole lot to do.
Keep water away – make sure the area around the storm shelter does not get water into the storm shelter. Water can cause damage to items inside the storm shelter and even cause mold to grow.
Keep good quality of air – the storm shelter will be closed most of the time. This can lead to stuffiness and even develop mildew on the inside. Open up the storm shelter for a few hours or up to a couple of days every month to maintain quality air inside. Also, make sure that no dampness develops because of high humidity or moisture leakage into the storm shelter.
Keep door oiled and accessible – over time the storm shelter entrance door might get squeaky. Make sure you check it over time and grease it whenever it needs it. Sometimes the entrance door may get blocked by things in your home. This is especially true for garage underground shelters and steel safe room. Slope underground shelters that are installed in your backyard need to be inspected regularly to make sure that the doors are not jammed for some reason.
Stock the shelter with emergency supplies – this is very important and should be done just after installing a storm shelter. You’ll need a number of things stocked in the storm shelter. Some items you will need to install include:
- canned food that you and your family are used to consuming. Remember to also stock up on can openers as you’ll need them,
- extra blankets and other warm clothing,
- water and other liquids,
- portable, battery powered, radio to help you stay informed during a tornado,
- emergency first-aid kit to address common ailments and injuries,
- board games and other fun activities that can be played during a severe storm,
- enough portable light, preferably rechargeable
In conclusion, taking care of your storm shelter takes just a few steps but goes a long way. Stay prepared and ready to get to your storm shelter when you need it.