Building a Safe Room Inside Your House

"Taking Shelter From The Storm"- What is a tornado? What is a hurricane? Do you need a shelter? How is a shelter built? Review what is inside - (PDF) this Federal Emergency Management Document prepared with the help of the Texas Tech Wind Engineering Center. Then download the sections of the document or the entire document if you choose.

To duplicate hurricane-like conditions in the laboratory, researchers at Texas Tech Wind Engineering shot wall sections with 15-pound 2 x 4 lumber "missiles" at up to 100 mph, simulating debris carried in a 250 mph wind.

Read how concrete wall systems, lightweight steel, and wood stud walls survived these tests.

Read sample uses of concrete homes and how they can offer extra protection in violent storms.

Florida International University Hurricane Research Center

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