FEMA Safe Rooms 2013 tornado
Photo by FEMA
This safe room saved the lives of several people during a 2013 tornado in Oklahoma.

There are a lot of different components involved with surviving a tornado or hurricane.

Does your family have an emergency plan in place? Do you have supplies ready? Have you considering having a safe room or shelter built for protection during the storm?

Safe rooms are becoming more and more common for people living in at-risk areas for major natural disasters.

According to FEMA:

A safe room is a hardened structure specifically designed to protect its occupants from extreme weather events, including tornadoes and hurricanes. The level of protection provided by a safe room is a function of its design parameters, including the design wind speed, wind pressure and wind-borne debris impacts.

Safe rooms constructed in accordance with FEMA guidance are intended to provide near-absolute protection in extreme weather events.

Safe rooms can be the difference between life or death in the event of a disaster. The video below from FEMA shows the destruction of an EF-5 tornado that hit Moore and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma on May 20, 2013. According to FEMA, the tornado “caused 24 deaths and massive destruction. Some residents had storm shelters, and while their homes were destroyed, their lives were spared.”

For more on FEMA’s tips for tornado and hurricane safe rooms, please visit FEMA.gov.

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