The FEMA Building Science Branch will be adding additional flyers, recovery advisories, technical bulletins and fact sheets. Please check back often to view the new material.
2013 Tornado Flyers
Recovery Advisories from the Spring 2011 Tornadoes
- RA 1 - Tornado Risks and Hazards in the Southeastern United States
- RA 2 - Safe Rooms: Selecting Design Criteria
- RA 3 - Residential Sheltering: In-Residence and Stand-Alone Safe Rooms
- RA 4 - Safe Rooms and Refuge Areas in the Home
- RA 5 - Critical Facilities Located in Tornado-Prone Regions: Recommendations for Facility Owners
- RA 6 - Critical Facilities Located in Tornado-Prone Regions: Recommendations for Architects and Engineers
- RA 7 - Rebuilding and Repairing Your Home After a Tornado
- RA 8 - Reconstructing Non-Residential Buildings After a Tornado
FEMA Safe Room Resources
- FEMA Safe Room Website
- FEMA L-233 – Brochure on FEMA P-320, Taking Shelter From the Storm: Building a Safe Room for Your Home or Small Business
- FEMA P-320 – Taking Shelter from the Storm: Building a Safe Room for Your Home or Small Business
- FEMA P-361 – Design and Construction Guidance for Community Safe Rooms
- FEMA P-431 – Tornado Protection: Selecting Refuge Areas in Buildings
- Residential Safe Room Fact Sheet
- Community Safe Room Fact Sheet
- Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP), Pre-Disaster Mitigation Grants (PDM) and Safe Rooms Fact Sheet
FEMA Safe Room Videos
In May 2008, Tom Cook and his teenage daughter Ryanne survived a catastrophic tornado in Racine, Missouri, that leveled their home.Tom's wife of 19 years did not survive.Following this tragic event, Tom vowed to be prepared for disasters in the future. Tom and Ryanne moved to nearby Joplin, Missouri, to rebuild--this time with an above ground safe room in their garage.This decision proved fortuitous when an EF-5 tornado touched down just three years later on May 22, 2011. The storm leveled their home; however, Tom and Ryanne were unharmed. The Safe Room Testimonial Video is available for viewing and download in the FEMA Media Library.
An interview with Julie Hedricks, Director of Design and Construction, Wichita Public School District USD #259. She explains the process and her role in the construction of the first school safe room to FEMA's Standard 361. Since their first school safe room was built in 2000, Wichita Public Schools have built over 60 additional safe rooms in their school system. The video is available for viewing and download in the FEMA Media Library:
Interview with Bob Franke (FEMA Region VII) regarding FEMA P-320 (Taking Shelter From the Storm: Building a Safe Room For Your Home or Small Business) and other guidance/research regarding building a safe room. The videos includes safe room animations developed by FEMA Region VII. The video also features footage from the Safe Room Testimonial Video featuring Tom Cook. The video is available for viewing and download in the FEMA Media Library.
Architect Corey Schultz discusses concepts to make hospitals safer for non-ambulatory people and caretakers during severe weather. The video is available for viewing and download in the FEMA Media Library.
Mitigation Assessment Team Reports and Recovery Advisories
- FEMA P-908 – Mitigation Assessment Team Report – Spring 2011 Tornadoes: April 25-28 and May 22
- FEMA 342 – Building Performance Assessment Team Report – Midwest Tornadoes of May 3, 1999
- 2007 Florida Tornado Recovery Advisories
- 2007 Kansas Tornado Recovery Advisories
Additional Resources and Links
- International Code Council ICC 500 – Standard for Design and Construction of Storm Shelters
- Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH)
- Applied Technolocy Council – Free training webinar resources at ATC-45 Procedures for Safety Evaluation of Buildings after Wind Storms and Floods
Visit Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA)for informationon grants.If you need additional information on HMA grants, contact the HMA Helpline by calling (866) 222-3580.
Questions? Click on the "Frequently Asked Questions"link to view FAQs about design and construction of safe rooms.If you need additional information about the design and construction of safe rooms, contact the Safe Room Helpline by emailing SafeRoom@fema.dhs.gov or by calling (866) 927-2104.
Are you a disaster survivor? Apply online at DisasterAssistance.gov, apply via smartphone at m.fema.gov, or apply by phone by calling (800) 621-3362 or TTY (800) 462-7585.