Tech researchers collaborated with FEMA on the development
of safe rooms, drawing on 25 years of field research.
Their work has included studies of the performance of
buildings following dozens of tornadoes throughout the
United States and laboratory testing on the performance
of building materials and systems when impacted by airborne
debris. These shelters are designed to provide near
absolute protection to you and your family from the
high winds expected during tornadoes and hurricanes
and from associated flying debris, such as wood studs,
that tornadoes and hurricanes usually create.
constructed concrete safe rooms will withstand up to
an F5 tornado. Living proof: May 3, 1999 Del City, Oklahoma
- this master bedroom closet, a concrete safe room,
protected the owner and her family from an F5 tornado
with winds in excess of 260mph.
The WTF Safe Room System incorporates wall, ledger and
deck forms to create the desired size of safe room which
enables the contractor to pour a monolithic structure
that meets FEMA guidelines. This system was designed
to meet contractor specifications. The Insulation System
may also be incorporated into safe room structures.
Safe rooms can be built detached or incorporated into
the design of a home. Above ground shelters offer easy
access for all ages and anyone with special needs.
Federal Emergency Management Agency