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Storm Shelter

When severe weather threatens, individuals and families need protection from the dangerous forces of extreme winds. Individuals and communities in the high-risk tornado and hurricane areas have begun to address the need and benefits of residential and community shelters. Specific guidance is available from FEMA on this website for the construction of both residential and community shelters.

Safe Rooms
Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration
Frequently Asked Questions
Case Studies
Exhibits and Demonstrations

FEMA Publications
Taking Shelter from the Storm, Building a Safe Room inside your House (FEMA 320)
Design and Construction Guidance for Community Shelters (FEMA 361)

Related Web Sites
Texas Tech University Wind Engineering Research Center
American Red Cross
National Storm Shelter Association
Storm Prediction Center
U.S. Small Business Administration
Centers for Disease Control And Prevention, Prevention guides for Emergencies and Disasters
The Tornado Project
National Weather Service

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