Looking for Information on Safe Rooms?

Tornado season is here again. Are you thinking about building a safe room? The Federal Emergency Management Agency provides guidance on constructing safe rooms in homes, community centers, and schools. They explain how to determine if you need a safe room, how to plan a safe room and even provide a list of design drawings.  The main FEMA safe room page is:

http://www.fema.gov/safe-rooms

Helpful documents include:

Taking Shelter from the Storm: Building a Safe Room for Your Home or Small Business:

http://www.fema.gov/site-page/fema-320-taking-shelter-storm-building-safe-room-your-home-or-small-business

The drawings referenced in this publication are also available online:

http://www.fema.gov/library/viewRecord.do?id=5788

Design and Construction Guidance for Community Safe Rooms is available at:

http://www.fema.gov/library/viewRecord.do?id=1657

University Libraries own several FEMA CD-ROMs on the planning and construction of safe rooms. They are available in the Government Documents collection:

Design and Construction Guidance for Community Safe Rooms can be found at HS 5.120:SA1/2/CD

Taking Shelter from the Storm: Building a Safe Room Inside Your House is at HS 5.120:SH4/2008/CD