FEMA Mitigation Best Practices: Heavy-Duty Safe Room Provides Tornado Relief for Homeowners, Pets   [open pdf - 33KB]

Alternate Title: Safe Room Provides Relief Safe For Homeowners And Pets

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: "When Karen and her husband built their retirement home in 2002, they were determined to build a protective safe room equipped with the necessary amenities and materials in the event of a devastating tornado. Instead of building the room inside their home like most people, they decided to construct it 20 feet away from the house, and build it large enough for their extended family. Karen and her husband based their safe room model on FEMA regulations and added a few additional measures of their own." 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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