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Adding a Storm Shelter - The Best Option

Adding a Storm Shelter - The Best Option

The best option for safety during a tornado is an ICC 500 or FEMA P-361 storm shelter. Both have similar requirements.

Strengthen Existing Areas Against Extreme Wind Events During Remodels

Strengthen Existing Areas Against Extreme Wind Events During Remodels

Existing spaces that were not designed for resistance to the effects of a tornado can be augmented to provide additional protection for occupants as an interim measure.

Best Available Refuge Area Example

Best Available Refuge Area Example

Most school districts have tornado drills to practice where to go and what to do during a tornado. The locations within the school are typically chosen by administrators who have the best intentions, but do not have the structural engineering training to identify the criteria necessary to choose the safest options available.

Best Available Refuge Area (BARA) - When You Don't Have a Safe Room or Storm Shelter

Best Available Refuge Area (BARA) - When You Don't Have a Safe Room or Storm Shelter

Tornadoes can occur anywhere in the US, but are most frequent in the tornado-prone Midwestern states. With students and staff spending a large portion of their day in the school building, having a designated safe area for use during a tornado is critical.

Natural Hazard Vulnerabilities & Planning

Natural Hazard Vulnerabilities & Planning

Because our children spend a majority of their time at schools, we often perceive these buildings as safe and should inherently possess good resistance to natural hazards.

Tornado Season - Preparing Your Students, Staff & School

Tornado Season - Preparing Your Students, Staff & School

Growing up, many of us became well-practiced in tornado drills and know exactly what to do when we hear the alarm.