About Valley Storm Shelters
Valley Storm Shelters was founded in 2008. Located in the southern foothills of the Appalachians and the tail end of Tornado Alley, known to locals as Dixie Alley, Valley Storm Shelters calls Huntsville, Alabama of the Tennessee Valley its home. This family owned and operated business prides itself on delivering a quality product that protects the community’s most precious resource: its citizens. In 2006, the founders of Valley Storm Shelters began the process of researching and developing an above ground tornado shelter. For the next two years, they traveled the United States learning about the destructive forces of tornadoes, as well as the various shelter products and designs used to combat them.
In 2008, the founders developed a prototype with a simple yet strong design that negates the risk of entrapment and continues to be our standard to this day. The cage-like interior design using the structural channel and angled steel supports that were first utilized in a Valley Storm Shelter safe room has gone on to serve as the industry standard for virtually all high-end above ground safe rooms. Every element of our shelter was designed and engineered to meet one goal: to create the heaviest, strongest, most survivable, and easiest to operate above ground steel storm shelter available.
According to the ATSA (American Tornado Shelter Association), storm shelters are most likely to fail as a result of a poor anchoring system or inferior door. For this reason, the engineers at Valley Storm Shelters devoted a great deal of design effort into our trademarked CORELOCK Anchoring System, which employs a dual layer anchor approach that has proven superior to any other method in the country. Valley Storm Shelters also boasts the strongest and heaviest door in the industry, weighing over 310 lbs. The density and quality of the steel used by our local factory workers in Scottsboro, Alabama is second to none, in fact, our shelters weigh approximately twice as much as the industry average. Even still, we have fought to keep our prices competitive despite a tremendously higher production cost.
All our products are locally built in compliance with FEMA 361 & 320 standards, as well as ICC 500 standards. Our designs were tested at Texas Tech’s wind institute, which features a number of tests that attempt to simulate the force of an EF5 Tornado. While we passed these tests with flying colors, we decided that they weren’t good enough. With the evolution of modern weather patterns, we are seeing bigger and more destructive storms than ever before that are becoming increasingly unpredictable.
So, at the costly expense of company resources, we conducted independent tests with engineers present in an effort to recreate the devastating power that these storms can produce. Our shelters withstood 700-mph winds, deflected bullets from weapons ranging up to an M1 Carbine, and remained anchored when slammed by a 4500 lb. battering ram packing over 40,000 lbs. of force. We encourage you to watch the footage in our video section and see for yourself how significant the Valley Difference is! Suffice to say, our shelters are overbuilt for your protection. Once you have your very own Valley Storm Shelter in your home, you will be free to worry about all the other dangers present in the world we live in today, but you will at least know that the weather is not one of them!