OKLHAOMA CITY —
“A lot of jurisdictions do not have building inspectors that are well enough qualified to inspect a storm shelter,” Kiesling said. “It’s nothing like a building. You have a small slab that is anchored to a small concrete slab.”
Safety and a considerable monetary investment also is on the line, so Kiesling said it’s important that people choose shelter companies carefully and ask sound questions so they don’t find themselves trapped inside a bad shelter.
Another red flag: claims that FEMA, Texas Tech or the NSSA has certified a company’s shelter. The organizations do not certify individual shelters, he said.
“If it says it’s NSSA approved or FEMA certified it’s a red flag because that’s an advertising scheme that’s not really validated,” he said.