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ATSA certified for safety
Testing storm shelter performance and quality is part of what distinguishes U.S. Storm Shelters from others. Our storm shelters have undergone extensive debris impact testing with ATI (Architectural Testing, Inc.) to insure that they can withstand direct hits from tornado force winds. In testing, a "missile" or long two by four is repeatedly fired at the door using a large pneumatic air cannon. Each shot simulates debris traveling at speeds that would be equivalent to an EF-5 (250 MPH) tornado. The result of these tests helps us to determine whether the storm shelter or safe room is able to withstand the extreme conditions brought on by these storms.
In addition to impact testing, all of our shelter and safe room designs have been through rigorous third party engineering evaluation. U.S. Storm Shelters is a Producing Member of the American Tornado Shelter Association (ATSA). There are only two associations in the United States that offer safety certification and FEMA compliance for storm shelters and safe rooms. ATSA is one of the two with the other being the National Storm Shelter Association (NSSA). These certifications are required for almost all FEMA grant programs and they provide you with peace of mind knowing that the manufacturer has successfully passed both evaluation and debris impact testing.
Contact one of our customer service representatives today about your questions and our U.S. Storm Shelter impact-tested storm shelter construction.