Most storm shelters commercially available today are composed of concrete, steel, fiberglass or some combination of the three. They are typically either submerged in the ground with the lid/door protruding above the surface, constructed above the ground, or installed under a concrete slab with the opening cut through the floor. These products take up a large area of space or require holes to be cut in the slab floor when installed.
The TORNADOPOD takes a radical new approach. Using modern material science and a innovative design, the TORNADOPOD has been developed to fit compactly in a condensed space and is large enough for SIX(6) TO SEVEN(7) ADULTS. The unique design of the “pod” incorporates a unibody construction, a steel safety cage, and a ballistic shield. The pod sits anchored in the ground secured by 10,000 lbs. of concrete, while the steel safety cage and ballistic shield provide adequate protection from flying debris.
During a tornado or storm event, the occupants sit facing each other, secure under the safety cage and ballistic shield.
The steel safety cage (built from 1.25 inch Schedule 40 steel pipe) was designed to stop the unit from being crushed. It has successfully passed a vigorous set of crush tests without failure.
The ballistic shield was designed in cooperation with Innegra Technologies, a leading advanced material manufacturer, using a proprietary blend of ballistic materials to stop flying debris from penetrating the pod. The shield and the TornadoPod have been tested at INTERTEK, a global provider of safety and performance testing, against the ICC 500 standards and the FEMA 320/361 criteria. The major test is for Windborne Debris which requires the exposed surfaces of a tornado shelter be tested to emulate an F-5 tornado with wind speeds of 250 mph. The required test is to propel a 15-lb sawn lumber 2x4 missile at the exposed surfaces at 100 mph. See the test videos for the results of our tests at INTERTEK on this page.
With the successful test results, the TORNADOPOD HAS NOW BEEN CERTIFIED BY THE AMERICAN TORNADO SHELTER ASSOCIATION.
The design incorporates a sliding hatch that can be easily opened, even if the pod is covered in debris. If for some reason the door was prevented from sliding open, the design incorporates a distinctive feature which allows the occupants to release the hinges from the inside. This allows the movement of the hatch in a number of directions, if required, to exit the shelter.
TORNADOPOD is sized for a typical family of 4-6 individuals, but will easily accommodate 6 to 7 adults.