Tulsa's Storm-Safe Room Program at a Glance

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Release date: 
May 11, 1999
Release Number: 
HQ-99-164

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- "Safe rooms" are anchored and armored small closets or other enclosures that can shelter 6-8 people safely during tornadoes, wind storms, or other emergencies. Here is additional background information on the Tulsa project:

  • The concept was developed by Texas Tech University over 25 years' of research and confirmed by the National Association of Home Builders Research Center. The idea is being publicized this year by the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
    • Cost: $2,000 to $6,000.

  • Tulsa safe rooms currently under construction as part of this program:
    • 7500 S. Elwood Ave., existing home of Nancy & Otto Deacon.
    • 11401 S. 67th E. Ave., Greystone Addition, new home by BMI Construction.
    • 6508 E. 84th St., The Crescent Addition, new home by Perfection Homes.

  • June 3, free workshops on safe room construction, 3-5 p.m. for builders, 6-8 p.m. for public, at Home Builders Assocation of Greater Tulsa, 11545 E. 43rd St., sponsored by State Farm Insurance Co.

  • June 5-13, Tulsa Home Builders Parade of Homes; Greystone & Crescent homes on display include safe rooms.

  • Safe room plans and information available in FEMA booklet, Taking Shelter from the Storm: Building a Safe Room Inside Your House. Copies can be obtained from FEMA Distribution Center, 1-888-565-3896. Limited copies available from City of Tulsa Mayor's Action Center, 918-596-2100.

  • For technical questions about safe rooms, call the Wind Engineering Research Center, Texas Tech University, 806-742-3479.

  • Limits of protection: The shelters are designed to increase protection for people from "extreme winds" and flying debris. They are designed with life safety as the primary consideration.

  • Tulsa Safe Room Coalition:
    • was organized as part of the Tulsa Project Impact Program
    • includes the City of Tulsa Public Works Department, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Home Builders Assocation of Greater Tulsa, National Weather Service, Oklahoma Department of Civil Emergency Management, State Farm Insurance Company, and Tulsa Area Emergency Management Agency.
Last Updated: 
July 16, 2012 - 18:46