Original Concrete Shelter

In-Ground Concrete Shelters NOW - $2,995

The following restrictions apply for the September Special.
Delivery must be completed in September 2014. Sale pricing does not apply to grant shelters.
Delivery, sales tax and rock breaking, if applicable, are not included.
Local permits, if required, are the responsibility of the homeowner.


The Original is our most popular shelter model with a 6' x 8' interior and affordable cost per square foot. Cast in Decatur, Texas using 6,500 PSI, waterproof, self healing concrete with fiber and certified to meet or exceed FEMA-320 Third Edition, ICC-500-208 and 2009 International Building Code standards. The waterproofing in our concrete will remain dormant for the life of the shelter but will activate should a leak ever occur and seal itself off. After self-repairing a leak, it will return to a dormant state and remain on guard for 40+ years and possibly longer...it just hasn't been tested past the 41 year mark yet. The interior ceiling height is 6'2" inches and the shelter is designed for 8 people although many more have used these shelters in severe storms. The Original is built using 3/8" rebar throughout on 12" centers or less with additional steel reinforcement at key locations for added strength. Wall thickness is 3" with ceiling and floor cast to just over 4". This shelter weighs in excess of 6 tons.

This model comes with the following:

  • Two vents, one 8" and one 6" diameter capable of moving 185 CFM with no moving parts and wind rated for 110 MPH
  • "Self-healing" waterproof concrete
  • Powder coated steel staircase with dual handrails
  • Powder coated 4 hinge, 3 latch FEMA/NSSA compliant steel door with added reinforcement and gas spring for ease of operation. Bolt on design to allow for future replacement if needed. Raised above shelter face to eliminate rain channels that can overflow and cause leakage.
  • 15 year limited warranty

The Original is installed 5 ft. into the ground with approximately 2 ft. remaining above grade. The dirt from the excavation is mounded around the above grade portion on three sides creating a small mound and completely surrounding the shelter with earth. Normal installation can be completed in about 3 1/2 hours. Rock breaking and local permits, if required, are not included.

Please note that a significant area is required to install this shelter. Our trucks are 36' long and weigh 26,000 lbs. loaded. They must be able to back directly up to the excavation to install the shelter.

Original with phone & electric installed


Electricity, Telephone, Etc.

Our shelters do not come pre-wired for electricity or any other utilities. These items can be added by the customer following installation if desired. We recommend using a licensed professional electrician or telephone installer to handle these additions.

For concrete shelters, we recommend having your electrician drill any necessary conduit access holes in the base of one of the vent pipes on the shelter. This allows for easy installation and easier reseal than a hole drilled through concrete. We have had customers who have had electricity, telephone and even air conditioning added to their shelters following installation. In some cases, a cell phone will work in these units but it varies by location.

Safe rooms can be modified for electricity and telephone by simply running conduit below the door.

Call U.S. Today!
U.S. Storm Shelters, LLC
P.O. Box 14514
Fort Worth, TX 76117

Toll Free (800)868-5799 or (800)379-9712


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