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Portable or In-Built Garage Shelters: What’s Better?

More than 800 tornadoes hit different parts of the US annually.  Hence, investing in a garage shelter can help you stay safe during tough times.

But wait, are you confused between getting a portable or in-built shelter?

We’ve compared the pros and cons of the two to make it easier for you to decide. Find out which one is the best option for you, according to the FEMA design guidance for storm shelters.

Multi-Purpose Uses

You can store your vehicles or other items in the portable garage shelter. It’s easier to move it around the house, from the backyard to the driveway. Hence, a portable garage shelter offers more flexibility and can increase the storage space at your home.

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If you’re looking for a garage shelter at the workplace, a portable garage would be a more feasible option. You can easily store the heavy machinery, tools, and equipment in it. So that’s a two-in-one investment!

Depending on the Space at Home

If you don’t have a lot of space at home, getting a garage shelter built can be troublesome. In that case, you can call the professionals to install a portable garage shelter whenever there’s a tornado warning issued. Since it’s easily movable, the professionals can take it back once the tornado warning is over.

They are much easier to set up as compared to the in-built garage shelters.

Flexibility and Convenience

Sometimes tornadoes come along with a flood warning. If you have an in-built garage shelter, you may not be able to move it around. Depending on the forecast, you can decide whether it would be better to stay below the ground levels or above.

If you have an in-built garage shelter, you won’t have much choice. However, with a portable one, it will be more convenient for you to move around.

Difficulty in Construction

Depending on the architecture of your home, it may be difficult to construct an in-built storm shelter. That could partly be because there’s not enough space or the construction is costly.

In that case, a portable garage shelter would be more convenient since that won’t require you to drill holes or break walls at your home.

Easily Accessible

An in-built garage shelter is more easily accessible. During a tornado or any other natural disaster, even a few seconds are vital. With an in-built garage shelter, if it’s in your basement or has a route directly from your house – you’ll be able to reach it in time.

However, with the portable garage shelter, even if it’s in your backyard, it may be difficult to leave your house and rush to it.

Pro-tip: plan an emergency evacuation and try a drill with your children and family whenever you get a garage shelter or safe rooms installed.

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If you’re looking to have garage shelters installed in Oklahoma that meet the FEMA requirements, you can count on us.

At Oklahoma Shelters, we also provide safe rooms, concrete storm shelters, and underground bunkers with 10 years warranty.  You can also get it customized according to your needs.

Get a free quote today to ensure your safety!

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