Safe Rooms & Storm Shelters
Do you need a shelter? Extreme windstorms such
as tornadoes and hurricanes pose a serious threat
to buildings and their occupants along the Gulf
Houses are built in accordance with local building
codes that consider effects of minimum design winds.
These are winds that, according to building code
requirements, your house must be able to withstand.
However, a tornado or hurricane can often cause
winds much greater than those on which local building
code requirements are based. Your house may be built
"to code", but that does not mean that it can withstand
winds from extreme events. If you are concerned
about wind hazards where you live, especially if
you live in Wind Zone III or IV, you should consider
building a shelter.
What is a Safe Room?
A safe room is a small, windowless room built
either inside or outside of a structure to provide
you, your family and your belongings protection
from severe weather.
How much protection will a
Safe Room provide?
A safe room built according to FEMA approved
plans can provide protection against winds of up
to 250 mph or more and projectiles traveling at
100 mph or more - enough to protect the occupants
from all but the most devastating tornadoes.
Where should I build a Safe
Many people choose the master closet for the
safe room. It makes good sense because it protects
most of the owners' belongings and it can double
as a room to use in case of a home invasion crime.
The Safe Room is the only thing
left after this tornado