Once the slab was out of the way, rough digging was done by
the excavator, and final trimming and squareing by shovel.
“Well, there’s no one in the truck that speaks English, so I doubt they’d be able to understand.”
“If they can understand any English, I can give them foolproof directions that will involve only two turns from almost anywhere.”
“Okay, if they call back, I’ll see what I can do. In the meanwhile, can you watch for them and wave them down if you see them go by?”
“Sure, I can do that.” So I got a chair off the patio, a magazine, and set up station under a tree in the side yard. It was then noon.
The steel shelter was then slid into place with only inches
The shelter was shifted and moved to the proper fit.
Dirt was back-filled around the steel chamber to within about
six inches of the top. Concrete was poured in and shaped to
a collar that rose just above the floor to keep water from running in
and flooding the shelter.
The finished job. The handrail normally just lies on the shelter.
It is set in place to aid climbing inside. The oval opening in the
lid allows access to the locking mechanism. Both it and the grate
at the opposite end allow ventilation.
A peek inside shows the steps and the lengthwise carpeted
seats. The steps may be removed once inside to allow greater
room inside. There is room under the steps for storage of water,
battery-powered light, MRE's, and bucket toilet. You hope to be
out as soon as the storm passes, but it doesn't hurt to be prepared
for something like three days in the event that storm wreckage keeps
you from climbing out on your own, and rescue crews may be
awhile getting to you.