Former cabinet maker transforms used shipping container into storm shelter...

‘Inside The Box’ with storm prepper Billy Clark

Former cabinet maker and storm prepper Billy Clark has spent his life using his hands and skills to improve things. If you could dream it, he could build it.  So, after surviving a violent EF4 tornado in Beauregard, Alabama in 2019, Clark took matters into his own hands. 

“Nothing prepares you for the destruction from a tornado. I didn’t need any more motivation to build a storm shelter. After witnessing the devastation as it went through my town I immediately starting my search for a container,” Clark shares. 

The Tuskegee resident purchased a decommissioned container and used his lifetime of skills to bury and construct a 20ft underground bunker. It was later modified to include power and a bed in the event he needed to hunker down with little notice.

Clark isn’t the first to use the heavy corrugated steel boxes as storm or ‘bug out’ shelters.  In fact, due to the frequent occurrences of severe weather, including tornadoes, hurricanes, and thunderstorms, containers have become a popular option for shelters across the country. Due to their durability, affordability, and availability they are growing in demand. 

One of the most significant advantages of using containers for storm shelters is their strength and ability to withstand extreme weather conditions, including high winds and heavy rains. The Corten steel siding make them safe from debris and flying objects.

“Bug out” cabins are big business around the country, as dynamic weather becomes more prevalent and storms increase in intensity, residents of areas historically vulnerable are looking for fast, creative, and safe solutions. Online safety shelters from big box stores can run as high as $12,000-$15,000, but an Eveon 20ft container with delivery is a fraction of that. 

“While I am semi-retired from cabinet making and the storm shelter is mostly complete, I am ready for the next project. I just purchased two more 40ft shipping containers and will be converting them into a home and RV garage. I shopped around for a while, but Eveon’s price and the delivery time were competitive. While I just sold my business, I think the container modifications should keep me busy for a few years.” Billy Clark added.