These materials were prepared to supply information about tornadoes, safe room construction, safe room and community shelter resources, and safety techniques.
- Assessing Your Risk
- Partners in Progress
- Safe Room Background and History
- Building Your Safe Room
- Doors and Hardware
- Safe Room Resources
- Emergency Planning and Emergency Supply Kit
- Potential Impact and Damage From a Tornado
Assessing Your Risk
On the basis of 40 years of tornado history and more than 100 years of hurricane history, the United States has been divided into four zones that geographically reflect number and strength of extreme windstorms. This display illustrates the geographical locations and intensity of these locations.
Today, tornado and hurricane prone communities have a new sense of hope and safety. Safe rooms and shelters are becoming a part of our country’s planning and development philosophy and serve as a beacon of progress as we proudly move into the 21st Century. This display outlines how National, state, local agencies, businesses, and individuals across the country are embracing the concept of Disaster Resistant Communities.
Safe Room Background and History
This display panel provides a timeline of in-residence safe rooms from the early 1970’s to present day. This panel shows the conceptualization, testing, and implementation phases of safe rooms.
Building Your Safe Room
This display panel provides an overview in building your safe room; which includes information on various designs and construction methods. Your builder/contractor can use the design drawings in FEMA P-320, Taking Shelter From the Storm: Building a Safe Room for Your Home or Small Business.
Doors and Hardware
This display panel provides an overview of doors and the hardware that should be used in designing your tornado resistant door. This panel outlines information on various designs and construction methods.
Safe Room Resources
This display panel provides other resources including FEMA publications and outside agencies that can assist in you in researching and building safe your room.
Emergency Planning and Emergency Supply Kit
Whether or not you decide that you need a shelter in your house, you can take important steps to protect yourself and your family during a hurricane or tornado. This display panel shows some basic steps that you can take in protecting yourself, family and friends.
Potential Impact and Damage From a Tornado
This graphic provides an illustration of the potential impact and damage a tornado can have on your home and commnity.