Building a Storm Resistant Safe Room

Course Number: S-3008
Credit: 3 PDH
Subject Matter Expert: Mark P. Rossow, PE (Retired), PhD,
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Overview

In Building a Storm Resistant Safe Room, you'll learn ...

  • The potential wind damage and hazards of tornadoes and hurricanes
  • Design considerations for building a safe room, such as room size and foundation type
  • Several location options for building a safe room in a home, small business, or community shelter
  • Specific construction materials, design drawings, and cost estimates for building a safe room

Overview

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Credit: 3 PDH

Length: 54 pages

Every year, tornadoes, hurricanes, and other extreme windstorms injure and kill hundreds of people, and cause millions of dollars worth of property damage in the United States. Even so, more and more people are building homes in tornado- and hurricane-prone areas, possibly putting themselves in the path of such storms. This course covers the design and construction of storm-resistant safe rooms that provide near-absolute protection from tornado or hurricane winds and associated flying debris.

The designs considered are applicable to homes, small businesses, and small community shelters. This course would be of particular interest and relevance to engineers in government agencies and the military concerned with construction practices and to engineers in the construction industry.

Specific Knowledge or Skill Obtained

This course teaches the following specific knowledge and skills:

  • Procedures for assessing risk and determining if building a safe room is appropriate
  • Alternative safe-room locations such as underneath, in the basement, or in an interior room of a new home or small business
  • Effects of foundation type on safe-room design
  • Design guidance on how to add a safe room to a new or existing structure
  • Guidelines for selecting appropriate construction materials
  • Safe-room designs for homes or small businesses that meet or exceed the minimum shelter design requirements from the ICC-500 Storm Shelter Standard
  • Cost estimating for safe-room construction
  • Recent examples of how safe rooms have saved the lives of people impacted by extreme-wind events in the United States

Certificate of Completion

You will be able to immediately print a certificate of completion after passing a multiple-choice quiz consisting of 20 questions. PDH credits are not awarded until the course is completed and quiz is passed.

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Length: 54 pages

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