With the Rash of Tornadoes caused by the Extreme Weather Conditions we have had recently in the US. I put together a few Tornado-Hurricane Safe Room Designs and Options.
The first Drawing outlines the basic components of the exterior walls and ceiling for building a safe room in an existing basement using CMU-Concrete Masonry Units generally called Concrete Blocks-Steel Door and Frame, Reinforced Poured Concrete Ceiling.
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|CAD Safe Room Design for an existing Basement-8in CMU, Steel Door, 6in Reinforced Concrete Ceiling|
|How a CMU Block Wall is Reinforced. Simple CAD Drawing showing the suggested Metal Reinforcement.|
Concrete Ceiling-Structural Reinforcement Suggestions.
Build Notes-Hurricane and Tornado-Safe Room Build Suggestions
- I'll be honest there has always been something that bothered me about the Tornado Safe Room design that FEMA suggested. I was never worried about the Structural Ability of the Safe Room Design to not withstand a Severe Storm-it is the fact of being trapped in a Safe Room- like Jodi Foster in Panic Room. Maybe I've watched too much tv? I'd rather be safe than sorry.
- The fact that 2 exits are not available-as is required of almost any home/room design was the Red Flag going off in my mind and when I finally figured it out I made some notes and a quick sketch. When I got home this evening I sat down and made a couple of quick CAD drawings of the idea to help you get a better idea of what I'm talking about.
- There is also the added benefit in the building of the safe room with an exterior point to bring the building materials into the safe room. This will help keep the labor costs lower as it will speed up the job production by reducing the man hours.
|Safe Room Emergency Exterior Exit|
|Safe Room CMU Basement Steel Door Location|
|Safe Room Exterior Exit Point|
Taking Shelter From the Storm | FEMA.gov
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