Building a Storm Shelter

Tornadoes, hail and wind storms: all provide a need for protection for your family and your valuable documents/possessions. While your home is built to code and should remain safe and secure under normal conditions, it is not built to withstand extreme weather conditions. A safe room is constructed to protect anything in the room from high winds and flying debris in spite of the damage caused to the rest of your home.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) offers safe room plans as well as information on properly building one. Provide the preferred design to your contractor or work with your contractor to design a customized plan.

Consider these areas when building a safe room:

  • Garage

  • Basement

  • Interior rooms

  • Exterior rooms, either below the ground or attached to your home

FEMA’s Safe Room Plans

More about building safe rooms from “The Natural Handyman”