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Tested by Texas Tech

Each shelter comes with a serial numbered seal and certificate provided by the NSSA. The certificate states that the NSSA member attests that this shelter’s design, construction, and installation comply with the ICC/NSSA 500-2008, (International Code Council/National Storm Shelter Association) standard for design and construction of storm shelters and the tornado design criteria for safe rooms presented in FEMA 320-2008, “taking shelter from the storm.”

Vault Quality Steel Door

Our door is made of 1/4” steel plate, 4” C-channel, weighing 310 lbs. making it one of the strongest doors available. The door handle and locking pins are 1 “ solid stainless steel. The locking pins travel in stainless steel guides and locking cylinders. Every door is mounted using three 10” hardened carbon barrel hinges.

Exterior Deadbolt Lock

Our shelters come standard with a dead bolt lock. This lock is to secure the shelter when not in use. The deadbolt lock should not be used when you are in the shelter during a severe weather or intruder event. The three horizontal locking pins inside the shelter are all that is required. Deadbolts in the locked position, mechanical handles, keyed mechanical handles, electric keypads, or any type of locking device that could be damaged from projectiles or intruders should not be used when shelters/safe rooms is being occupied. Damage to these parts could lead to entrapment inside the shelter.

The Lock-Medeco high security deadbolt is drill resistant and pick proof. This allows you to use your shelter/safe room as a …

Solid Steel Floor

All Valley Storm Shelters above ground Safe Rooms have a 1/4” steel floor. There are two main reasons for the floor. The first reason is to protect occupants from electrocution. If the shelter is struck by lightning or a high powered electrical line falls on the shelter, you cannot become part of the ground or circuit with a floor. Secondly the floor is part of the structural integrity of the shelter. During our demo of direct hit (see video on video testing page), the pressure from the impact of the car hitting the shelter was absorbed by all anchors. Without the structural support of the floor, the anchors on the side that was hit could have failed.