Tornadoes and High Wind Safety & Resources

Tornadoes and High Wind Safety & Resources

Tornadoes and High Wind Safety & Resources

Tornadoes & High Wind Safety & Resources

A properly built, high wind safe room protects your family from the most intense tornadoes and hurricanes and can be incorporated into a planned build or renovation to create a multiuse space in your home, adding to its value. FLASH urges homeowners to "Give an Ordinary Room an Extraordinary Purpose" by building or retrofitting interior spaces in their home to safe-room standards.

  • Tornado safe rooms are designed to withstand winds up to 250 miles, and offer lifesaving refuge for families in the path of high-wind events like tornadoes.
  • A safe room designed to meet standards set forth by the National Storm Shelter Association, the International Code Council and FEMA and will stand up to the most intense tornadoes and hurricanes.
  • Safe rooms can be located anywhere on the first floor of your home, in a basement or outside. A safe room can double as a closet, bathroom, laundry or even an outdoor room like a garden shed or pool house.

 

More Information
Preparing for Tornados and High Winds by Simpson Strong-Tie

 

Additional Guidance from FEMANumber
Safe Room Testimonial Video 
Video: Putting Fortified Construction to the Test 
Protect Your Property from High Winds Fact Sheets 
FEMA Safe Room Resources 
Safe Rooms for Tornadoes and Hurricanes: Guidance for Community and Residential Safe RoomsFEMA P-361
Taking Shelter from the Storm Building a Safe Room for your Home or Small BusinessFEMA P-320
Wind Retrofit Guide for Residential BuildingsFEMA P-804
Building Science for Disaster-Resistant Communities: Wind Hazard Publications (brochure) 

 

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