Taking Shelter From the Storm: Building a Safe Room for Your Home or Small Business; Includes Construction Plans (CD)

Taking Shelter From the Storm: Building a Safe Room for Your Home or Small Business; Includes Construction Plans (CD)
Taking Shelter From the Storm: Building a Safe Room for Your Home or Small Business; Includes Construction Plans (CD)
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Having a safe room built for your home or small business can help provide near-absolute protection for you and your family or employees from injury or death caused by the dangerous forces of extreme winds such as tornadoes, hurricanes, and other extreme weather conditions. Now available in its fourth edition, Taking Shelter from the Storm helps home or small business owners assess their risk and determine the best type of safe room for their needs. Includes safe room designs and shows you and your builder/contractor or local design professional how to construct a safe room for your home or small business. Design options include safe rooms located inside or outside of a new home or small business.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1.. Introduction
Chapter 2. Understanding the Hazards
2.1 Tornadoes
2.2 Hurricanes
2.3 Effects of Extreme Winds on a Building
2.4 Do You Need a Safe Room?
2.5 Assessing Your Risk
Chapter 3. Planning Your Safe Room
3.1 Design Basis
3.2 Flood Hazard Siting and Elevation
3.2.1 Flood Hazard Siting Criteria
3.2.2 Flood Hazard Elevation Criteria
3.3 New versus Existing Homes or Buildings
3.4 Safe Room Size
3.5 Safe Room Locations
3.5.1 Siting Your Safe Room: Inside or Outside?
3.5.2 Siting a Safe Room Inside a Home or Small Business
3.6 Floor Plans Showing Possible Safe Room Locations
3.6.1 Floor Plan 1: Basement
3.6.2 Floor Plan 2: Safe Rooms on the Primary Level of a Home or Small Business
3.6.3 Floor Plan 3: In-Ground Safe Rooms
3.6.4 Floor Plan 4: Multipurpose Safe Rooms in a Small Business
3.6.5 Selection of Safe Room Type and Location
3.7 Foundation Type
3.7.1 Basement Foundation Applications
3.7.2 Slab-on-Grade Applications
3.7.3 Crawlspace or Pile Applications.
3.8 Construction Materials
3.9 Safe Room Doors
3.9.1 What Should You Look for in a Door?
3.9.2 Why Does the Door Cost So Much?
3.10 Safe Room Cost
Chapter 4. Building Your Safe Room
4.1 Design Drawings
4.2 How to Use the Drawings
4.2.1 Additional Requirements for Community Safe Rooms (Serving Small Businesses or More Than 16 Residential Occupants)
4.2.2 Seismic Risks
4.3 Consumer Guide
4.4 Emergency Planning and Emergency Supply Kit
4.5 Additional Resources
Chapter 5. Safe Rooms Save Lives
Chapter 6. References
Appendix A. Acknowledgments
Appendix B. Tornado Safe Room Door Fact Sheet


Small business owners, construction contractors, home and office builders, construction builders, home designers, architects, and citizens who want to protect their homes or offices during extreme weather conditions may be interested in this reference work.

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