The primary purpose of the association is to ensure the highest quality of manufactured and constructed storm shelters for protecting people from injury or loss of life from the effects of tornadoes, hurricanes and other devastating natural disasters. The association will be self-policing to maintain public confidence and respect for the storm shelter industry.
- Promote the production, manufacture, installation and erection of high quality storm shelters meeting the Association's Storm Shelter Performance Standards, the requirements of other federal, state, and local standards and regulations, and the requirements of other governing material standards and codes.
- Administer testing and engineering evaluation programs to be conducted by certified, independent entities for the purpose of issuing labels to qualified storm shelter producers, verifying members' certification of compliance with the Association's Storm Shelter Performance Standards.
- Develop joint strategies and collaborate with model codes and standards groups and committees for the purpose of developing a nationally recognized and accepted consensus standard for the storm shelter industry.
- Provide educational programs emphasizing the need for storm shelters and considerations critical to their quality and reliability.