Safe Room Construction Workshops To Be Presented In Hoisington

Main Content
Release date: 
May 8, 2001
Release Number: 

Great Bend, KS -- Two "Safe Room And Wind Resistance Construction Workshops" will be held this week in Hoisington, Kan. As homeowners and business owners turn to the task of rebuilding after the F-4 tornado that swept through Hoisington April 21, state and federal officials emphasize the need to rebuild stronger and safer.

"Kansas is located in 'Tornado Alley,'" said Julie Eichem, state hazard mitigation officer with the Kansas Division of Emergency Management. "It is a high-risk area. Having a Safe Room built into your house can help protect your family from the dangerous forces of extreme winds."

Thursday, May 10, 7:30 p.m.
Hoisington City Auditorium
109 E. First St.
Attendance is free
(620) 653-4125

Saturday, May 12, 7 a.m. to 9 a.m.
Hoisington City Auditorium
109 E. First St.
Attendance is free
(620) 653-4125

Paul Tertell, Civil Engineer, and/or Dorothy Andrake, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Washington, D.C., will speak at the Homeowners' Workshop. Tertell will speak at the Contractors' Workshop.

Safe Rooms can provide protection against winds of up to 250 miles per hour and projectiles traveling at 100 miles an hour. Safe Room plans were developed by the Wind Engineering Research Center at Texas Tech University in cooperation with FEMA. Texas Tech and FEMA have published Taking Shelter from the Storm: Building a Safe Room Inside Your House. This booklet provides a homeowner risk assessment sheet, guidance for selecting a shelter design, detailed construction plans and cost estimates for building an in-home safe room. Copies of this booklet may be obtained at these workshops or by calling toll free: 1-888-565-3896.

"The Safe Room Project is part of an ongoing FEMA initiative to encourage people to take measures to protect themselves and their property before disasters occur," said Federal Coordinating Officer Carlos Mitchell.

Last Updated: 
July 16, 2012 - 18:46
State/Tribal Government or Region: 
Back to Top