Refuge Shelters Installation Process
In a natural disaster, your shelter should be close in order to make a quick and safe entrance into your shelter. The space for the shelter should be free of any underground lines, including: water, power, phone, cable, field lines, septic tank and sprinkling systems. Did you know you can call 8-1-1 for a free line check in Alabama? Overhead trees and power lines should be avoided. Make sure you are not in a flood zone. The location for your storm shelter should be accessible for any equipment vehicles such as backhoes or excavators. We can help you with any issues if needed.
Once the location for the shelter is determined and approval for digging is cleared, we can begin your installation process. The site is excavated which means removing earth carefully and systematically from an area. Once the hole is dug we make sure the bottom of the hole is level. Next, we place the shelter in the site with steel poles in the fabricated openings, which are on the bottom of the shelter. Once the shelter is carefully placed in the site location, we make sure the shelter is level in all directions. Next, we place the 2,500lbs anchors on top of the steel poles.
After the shelter is level and secured, we add the straps or cables over the top of the shelter and secure them to the rebar hooks on the anchors. The shelter is officially ready for backfilling. Backfilling consists of packing dirt on all sides and using water to carry the excess dirt in the tough spots. The majority of the installation process is grooming and clean-up. We take pride in our work and the customer’s impression with the finished product is our priority.
Life Pods Installation Process
Our Life Pod shelters are installed similar to the Refuge except the difference is that we use cable instead of straps.