Safe Rooms for Tornadoes and Hurricanes Guidance for Community and Residential Safe Rooms

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The document provides guidance on best practices related to the design, construction, and operation of community and residential safe rooms, describing the criteria for any safe room, private or public, to be constructed so that it is capable of providing near-absolute protection for its occupants during tornadoes and hurricanes. Particular focus is on the planning and engineering issues for design and construction of stand-alone safe room buildings, constructing safe rooms within a new building, and adding a safe room to an existing building.

This resource is part of a Collection of similar guidelines entitled "Storm Evacuation Shelter", and it is included in the series of Collections supporting response to natural disaster resilient shelter. Collections are monitored daily and new content is added.