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What is a Safe Room?

Updated: Jun 29

FEMA defines: “A safe room is a professionally reinforced, specially designed to meet FEMA standards and provides excellent protection in extreme weather events including tornadoes and hurricanes.”


Risk assessment: Identify the types of hazards to be avoided, such as natural or man-made disasters.


Site selection: The construction of a safe room includes the basement and the ground. Do not build underground hurricane bunkers in areas prone to flooding. You will not be hurt by the wind but will be submerged in the water.


Structure: usually steel plate plus concrete and other materials to build, modular assembly structure.


Building Code: Ensure compliance with FEMA P-361 and ICC 500.


Cost: The size, materials, configuration, etc. of the safe room to be built, ranging from a few thousand dollars to tens of thousands of dollars


A safe room is a refuge that can be either stand-alone or built into a building that is strong enough to withstand any catastrophic event. The type of security event you want to avoid (such as weather events, terrorist incidents), the number of people you use will determine the size of the safe room.


“A safe room is insurance against problems such as theft or natural disasters.” “Also known as the panic room, it is just a reinforced room that provides a safe haven.”


Anyone who has seen the movie "The Wizard of Oz" will remember Dorothy's tornado shelter in his home in Kansas. People born in the 1950s and 1960s may be more familiar with the shelters and emergency shelters that were built at the time. The Panic Room, starring (Jodie Foster), introduces the concept of a safe room into the new century.


In the Middle Ages, when the invaders attacked, the tall castle was on a hill surrounded by water. The fortress of the castle is stronger. The original version of the safe room has been around for thousands of years. Now, safe rooms have more technology and will be hidden.




Reasons for building a safe room

Due to the increasing frequency of extreme weather and tornadoes, FEMA encourages homeowners and communities to establish FEMA-compliant safe houses. For some time, strong winds have been the reason why people in the Midwestern United States built tornado safety rooms.

If the weather event is the primary purpose of ensuring safety, a safe room needs to be installed underground. If you build on the second floor of the house, the safe room will be thrown like a basketball. The secure rooms are reinforced and are usually built on the ground according to specifications and fixed on the required floor. For individuals and families, building in the basement is safer.