2013 Tornadoes – Building Science Activities & Resources

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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

FEMA Safe Room Resources

FEMA Safe Room Videos

Above-ground Safe Room Testimonial Video

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.

The ABC’s of School Safe Rooms Video

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:

Safe Room Technical Guidance Video

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.

Hospital Storm Shelters Video

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

Additional Resources and Links

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.

Last Updated: 
07/24/2014 - 16:00
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