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Navigating the Storm Shelter Installation Process

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The process of installing a storm shelter can seem daunting, but with the right research and planning, it is a straightforward process.

the storm shelter installation process

In Oklahoma, where tornadoes and severe storms are a common occurrence, having a storm shelter can give you peace of mind and protect you and your family during a natural disaster.

This guide will walk you through the steps involved in the storm shelter installation process, including research, permits, installation, and registration.

storm shelter options

The first step in the storm shelter installation process is to look at the different types of storm shelters we have available. In Oklahoma, precast concrete storm shelters and safe rooms are the most common types of shelters. These shelters are engineered and built to withstand the high winds and debris associated with tornadoes and severe storms. They are also designed to be easy to install and can be placed above or below ground.

When deciding on a storm shelter, it’s important to consider the size of your family, the location of your property, and your budget.


Click a button below to learn more about our storm shelters and safe rooms, available sizes and pricing.

storm shelter PERMITS

Once you have chosen the type of storm shelter you want to install, the next step is to get scheduled and obtain the necessary permits.

In Oklahoma, each city has different permit requirements, so you may need to obtain a building permit from your local government. Click here to learn more about obtaining a storm shelter permit in Oklahoma.

storm shelter installation

The installation process is easy and usually only takes around 3 hours. 

Payment is due in full at installation.

View our gallery to see some photos of storm shelter installations we’ve done over the last decade.

storm shelter registration

The last step in the storm shelter installation process is to register your shelter with your local emergency management agency. This will ensure that emergency responders know where your shelter is located in case of an emergency. It’s important to keep your registration up to date and to inform the agency of any changes to your contact information.

To learn more about how to register your storm shelter in your city, visit our Storm Shelter Registration blog post.


In conclusion, the storm shelter installation process can seem overwhelming, but with the right research, planning and execution, it’s a smooth process. We strive to make the process as smooth and effortless for every homeowner we work with.

Install a Storm Shelter with Sprague’s Backhoe

Storm shelters can provide your family with peace of mind during an emergency or unpredictable weather. To learn more about the storm shelter installation process or to begin planning your new shelter, call us or visit our storm shelter page to get started.

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