FEMA Mitigation Best Practices: Above Ground Safe Room Stands Up to Tornado   [open pdf - 35KB]

Alternate Title: Above Ground Safe Room New Home and Safe Room for Homeowners

This document is part of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Best Practices Portfolio. The Best Practices Portfolio is a collection of true stories about people and communities who have experienced disasters, and what mitigation they used to survive, rebuild, and prepare for disasters. From the document: "Don Staley and his family are no strangers to storms and tornados. Their first home was hit by a tornado in October 1998 and suffered minor damage but was destroyed by another tornado on May 3, 1999. They rode out both storms inside the house. 'It was such a frightening sound,' he said. 'We decided we weren't going to ride out another one inside the house.' In December 2000, the Staley's new home was ready. Shortly after moving in, they had an above ground safe room constructed on the back patio. The concrete room has 8 inch thick walls, an 18 inch thick ceiling, a 10 inch foundation and a sliding entry door made of 12 gauge steel with three-quarter inch plywood on each side. The safe room is equipped with battery-powered lights and a battery-powered television." This and other individual FEMA Best Practices documents are also combined in "Mitigation Best Practices: Public and Private Sector Best Practice Stories for All Activity/Project Types in All States and Territories Relating to All Hazards [August 10, 2011]," which can be accessed at the following link: [https://www.hsdl.org/?abstract&did=683132]

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