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October 16, 2020
Weather the storm with an ICF safe Room

Now is the time to take precautionary steps towards the utmost security of your home and family in the event of extreme weather occurrences, say officials observing climate change. Recent survey findings show that most homeowners are worried about the ability to cope with the damage caused by severe storms, hurricanes, tornados, and flooding. Safety is the main preoccupation, but so are the costs associated with destruction and loss.

“One answer that solves many issues is to opt for the strongest impact-resilient house available, or at the very least a safe room within your home built using Insulated Concrete Forms (ICF)” says Martin Clark at Nudura, a leading manufacturer of insulated concrete forms.

BENEFITS OF BUILDING A SAFE ROOM WITH INSULATED CONCRETE FORMS (ICFS)

ICF safe rooms can be incorporated into a home. Safe rooms are created by building any room with ICF walls, pouring a “concrete lid” on top, and installing a steel door. Walls built using ICF have proven to withstand winds up to 250mph (402 kph) and protect against flying debris as demonstrated in the impact test provided by Nudura and ABC Domes & Texas Tech University. A safe room is also great as a storage area for your valuables. Using Nudura ICFs to build a safe room in your home or small business can be built to FEMA guidelines as per drawing # SR1.2 which is located on page 66 of the ‘Taking Shelter From the Storm – Building a Safe Room for Your Home or Small Business’ book provided by FEMA and is a way to offer greater safety for you and your family.

WHAT IS A SAFE ROOM?

According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), a safe room is a hardened structure specifically designed to meet the FEMA criteria and provide near-absolute protection in extreme weather events, including tornadoes and hurricanes.

Near-absolute protection means that, based on our current knowledge of tornadoes and hurricanes, the occupants of a safe room built in accordance with FEMA guidance will have a very high probability of being protected from injury or death.

WHY DO YOU NEED A SAFE ROOM?

According to FEMA having a safe room in 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. In areas subject to extreme-wind events, building owners, schools, hospitals, neighborhood associations, and others responsible for public safety should consider building a community safe room.

 

References: 

FEMA. (February 2015). Residential Safe Rooms Fact Sheet

https://www.fema.gov/sites/default/files/2020-07/residential-safe-room-fact-sheet.pdf

FEMA. (July 2020). Taking Shelter from the Storm – Building a safe room for your home or small business

https://www.fema.gov/sites/default/files/2020-07/building-safe-room-home-small-business.pdf

 






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