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18 hours ago, Ronald_55 said:

Why the heck does FEMA have an app???

So they can change your settings to track your phone, record video and audio, and make a database of the guns you have. Why else would a .Gov need an app on your phone?

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57 minutes ago, Dirtshooter said:

Something I have considered is a "new" concrete septic tank, they can be had for under a $1,000.

Why do you have new in quotes, are you considering one that’s not brand spanking new to climb into?

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Our house has a 8’x40’ porch. When it was being built I noticed the footings for the porch were at least 6’ deep. I asked the builder what are the plans for the porch. Normally the walls are built and filled with gravel and a slab poured on top. I told him to pour the porch footings at the same level as the house footings and build up block walls. We end up with a 8x40’ room With a concrete floor, poured and reinforced block and a poured in place 6” top. 8’ of the 10’ wall is under ground. I just need to add a 4’ door into the basement and we should have a pretty good storm shelter.

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1 hour ago, Glenn said:

Our house has a 8’x40’ porch. When it was being built I noticed the footings for the porch were at least 6’ deep. I asked the builder what are the plans for the porch. Normally the walls are built and filled with gravel and a slab poured on top. I told him to pour the porch footings at the same level as the house footings and build up block walls. We end up with a 8x40’ room With a concrete floor, poured and reinforced block and a poured in place 6” top. 8’ of the 10’ wall is under ground. I just need to add a 4’ door into the basement and we should have a pretty good storm shelter.

And one heck of a storage depot!

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12 hours ago, hipower said:

And one heck of a storage depot!

  My parents had a space like that under their porch.  It was a lot of storage room.  Just becareful, it will stay damp, if you don't take steps to seal it and de-humidify it.

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I put in a bunch of these shelters at work before I retired.  We used a 2-piece design, like a giant septic tank for 14 people with a door in each end.  Make your doors open inward.  Have 2 exits, on different sides, even if one is a 2' x 2' escape hatch.  The doors should have 2 bars at 1/3rd points.    You can build the top by making a ledge with a half-hour 8" or 10" block for the last row.  Use corrugated metal floor decking as a base and pour the lid in place.  Tie rebar to the walls with a minimum of 3' lap splice.  I'd make the top 6" thick, so size the corrugated metal for that. 

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