Originally Posted by 4thIDvet
We have the same problem as TRX has. If we go even 1 foot down here in the swamp. We hit water.
Florida, surprisingly, is one of the states with a high tornado problem.
But, they are usually small but very damaging.
My buddy, sadly, working the Alabama tornado damage. Found a young missing girl, God rest her soul.
He was working the power lines.
If you live in tornado alley. Do something.
If you had the money, the concrete dome would work for a shelter; it doesn't need to be below ground and its shape and structure shrugs off tornadic winds and hurricane winds. If that's not possible, you can build a good-sized "safe-room" out of concrete block-rebar-concrete. I've also seen an article (Popular Mechanics, I think) that indicates you can anchor your roof to your foundation to make it more difficult for a tornado or hurricane to lift the roof off, which is what usually causes the house to collapse.