Taking Shelter from the Storm: Building a Safe Room Inside Your House

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DIANE Publishing, Oct 1, 1999 - 90 pages
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Every year, tornadoes, hurricanes, & other extreme windstorms injure & kill people, & damage millions of dollars worth of property in the U.S. Having a shelter, or safe room, built into your house can help you protect yourself & your family from injury or death caused by the dangerous forces of extreme winds. This report answers questions about your living conditions so you can decide how best to protect yourself & your family. Also provides shelter designs that will show your builder/contractor how to construct a shelter underneath, in the basement of, or in an interior room of a new house, or how to modify an existing house to add a shelter.
 

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Page 10 - ... where it can be flooded during a hurricane. Your shelter should be readily accessible from all parts of your house, and it should be free of clutter. To protect the occupants during extreme windstorms, the shelter must be adequately anchored to the house foundation to resist overturning and uplift. The connections between all parts of the shelter must be strong enough to resist failure, and the walls, roof, and door must resist penetration by windborne missiles. Extensive testing by Texas Tech...
Page 9 - The combination of increased pressures and fluctuating wind speeds creates stress on the house that frequently causes connections between building components to fail. For example, the roof or siding can be pulled off or the windows can be pushed in.
Page 10 - The purpose of a shelter is to provide a space where you and your family can survive a tornado or hurricane with little or no injury.

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