FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q. Are these shelters FEMA approved and safe against severe weather events including tornadoes rated to F-5?
A. All Lake Martin Storm Shelters, LLC meet or exceed FEMA 320 Standard to withstand an F5 or greater tornado. All shelters we offer are in compliance with the applicable provisions of the ICC-500 Design Standard/NSSA criteria, and have been successfully tested at Texas Tech Wind Engineering Research Center.
Q. How long does it take to complete the installation?
A. Normally it takes 3-4 hours for the installation of our underground shelters and a couple hours for our safe rooms.
Q. Will there be damage to our yard or a mess for us to clean up?
A. Our professional teams do an excellent job in keeping the work area secured with a minimum amount of disturbance. We understand that most yards we work in are the pride and joy of the property owner and we will respect their property as we do our own. The biggest compliment we get is on attention to the detail of the clean-up at the installation site.
Q. Can I wire my shelter for electricity?
A. You can have receptacles built into your shelter for adding electricity. Most people opt out of doing this because chances of losing your power during tornadic weather is high. Battery operated lights are the best option for your shelter.
Q. Would I be trapped inside my shelter if a tree or other debris falls over my shelter during a severe storm or tornado?
A. Lake Martin Storm Shelters registers each shelter with a GPS location. We ask you to share your location with your local fire and rescue department. We also ask you to register your shelter with the county EMA Emergency Management Association.
If you have cell phone service at your home, you should have it for your fiberglass storm shelter.
Q. Is there room for my pets?
A. Yes! Lake Martin Storm Shelters believe pets are important family members and should have the same protection from deadly weather as the rest of your family. As you practice for shelter entry in a panic situation, take time to teach your pets to go in and out of the shelter as well. For mixing cats and dogs or other small animals, carriers may be used.
Q. What preparations do I need to take before installation of an underground installation?
A. Provide clearance to the area where the shelter will be installed, This includes: electrical (above and below), water and septic lines.
Q. How is the shelter ventilated?
A. All Lake Martin Storm Shelters units exceed the FEMA requirements for ventilation. This includes the above ground safe rooms as well as the underground shelters.
Q. What if I don’t have a garage or a basement to install a safe room?
A. If you do not have a garage or a basement, a structural concrete slab can be poured. We provide concrete slab drawings specific to your safe room size.
Q. Can your shelters be used for anything other than weather related safety?
A. Yes, some use their safe room to store valuables or other personal items.
Q. What types of shelters do you have that are handicapped accessible?
A. Our above ground safe rooms come in standard and custom sizes and are all handicap accessible.
Q. If I move can I take my shelter with me?
A. Yes, your shelter can be removed and reinstalled at your new home.
Q. How will I know where to put my underground shelter?
A. Lake Martin Storm Shelters has installed hundreds of shelters. We will help you determine the location of your shelter
Q. Do you install storm shelters and safe rooms anywhere in Alabama ?
A. Lake Martin Storm Shelters installs shelters in the entire state of Alabama including cites like Huntsville, Decatur, Birmingham, Tuscaloosa, Montgomery, Selma, Dothan, Mobile and all the surrounding smaller towns.
Q. Do you charge delivery mileage?
A. Lake Martin Storm Shelters does not charge mileage as long as you’re located in the state of Alabama.
Q. Do you offer financing?
A. Yes, for more information please contact me.
Q. How fast can we expect to get our shelter once we order it?
A. Lake Martin Storm Shelters always carries a large inventory of shelters, so you can expect it to be less than 2 weeks.
Have any other questions?
Call Lake Martin Storm Shelters today at 256-794-8075 for any additional help or information.