Dome Technology storm shelters utilized during Hurricane Hanna

Two storm shelters built by Dome Technology served as a safe haven last weekend as Hurricane Hanna made landfall on the Texas Gulf Coast.

On July 25 the Corpus Christi Caller Times reported the American Red Cross had opened the emergency storm shelters at H.M. King High School in Kingsville and Tuloso Midway High School in Tuloso to provide protection from the Category 1 storm. Dome Technology built these storm shelters in 2015, and both were finished as gymnasiums.

Kingsville storm shelter

Kingsville Independent School District sports park—read more about this project here

Dome Technology’s steel-reinforced concrete structures are engineered to meet FEMA 361, ICC-500, and National Storm Shelter Association standards and provide almost absolute protection in extreme weather events; based on current knowledge of tornadoes and hurricanes, occupants of a safe room built in accordance with these guidelines will very likely be protected from injury or death. These domes provide peace of mind for those in areas experiencing tornadoes, hurricanes, typhoons, earthquakes, or fires on a regular basis.

Tuloso storm shelter

Tuloso-Midway Independent School District FEMA dome

Many community storm shelters are designed for multiple functions. Besides providing protection, these buildings serve as first-responder facilities, community centers, religious facilities, and schools.

Built to last a lifetime, the domes provide:

  • Open floor plans that can be customized for various uses in a community
  • Protection from hurricane and tornado winds exceeding 250 mph
  • Construction that meets LEED standards and features the latest green technologies
  • Substantial savings compared with the cost of conventional construction

See video of Dome Technology’s Texas storm shelters here, and read more about acquiring FEMA funding for storm-shelter projects here.