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June 23, 2011

Extreme Winds -- How to Build a Safe Room


Many of us live in areas subject to dangerous, destructive extreme winds generated by hurricanes and tornadoes and worry about the risky of injury to ourselves, our loved ones and our animals.

Thumbnail image for fema320_cvr_2008.gifFEMA issues a publication, FEMA 320 - Taking Shelter From the Storm: Building a Safe Room For Your Home or Small Business, that will help you decide how best to provide "near-absolute protection" for yourself, your family, or employees:

Near-absolute protection means that, based on our current knowledge of tornadoes and hurricanes, there is a very high probability that the occupants of a safe room built according to this guidance will avoid injury or death.
FEMA provides a free manual, Safe Room Construction Plans and Specifications, which provides safe room designs that will show you and your builder/contractor how to construct a safe room inside and outside your home or small business. Download it from the site or order a hard copy or CD-ROM from the FEMA Distribution Center.

Graphic: Photographic Poster Print by John Dominis, Residents Trying Out Newly Built Community Storm Shelter, After Tornado Devastated the Area

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