Re: A house question for my friends in the tornado belt?
We live in North Alabama, and our first house had a basement. But when we had our second house built the high water table on the property made a basement impractical. We chose to have a safe room built into the house. It is basically a steel reinforced concrete bunker that is designed to withstand an EF5 tornado. My parents purchased a house that did not have a basement, and so they had a storm shelter similar to ours installed in their garage.
As others have pointed out the geography/geology of some locations makes basements impractical. Some folks just can't afford them.
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