What does your Tornado Safe Room look like?

FEMA Safe Room
FEMA recently reported that a safe room built in Tushka, OK saved the lives of hundreds of residents during the April 14, 2011 tornado.  Almost 200 men, women, children and firefighters stood shoulder-to-shoulder and rode out winds of up to 165 mph in the safe room built adjacent to the Tushka Elementary.

A properly designed safe room is built to provide near-absolute protection from injury or death in extreme-wind situations such as tornadoes or hurricanes.  Safe rooms can be built either inside your home, or in a free-standing structure outside your house.

Best practices on how to build a safe room can be found on FEMA's website - which I suggest you look into if you live in tornado/hurricane country.  Building your own safe room can be expensive, especially if you are not handy with a hammer yourself - but FEMA funding is available.

Residential safe rooms are often built to hold 16 people and are recommended to be placed in your basement, on a concrete slab-on grade foundation or garage floor, or in an interior room on the first floor.

While standing shoulder-to-shoulder in a room full of 200 people doesn't sound fun, it sure beats the fear that I am sure Kansas City Chief's CB Javier Arenas felt waiting out the recent Tuscaloosa tornado in his bathtub.

Do you have a safe room?  What's it look like?  We'd love to see your pictures!  You can email them to info (at) readysetgokits.com or post them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ReadySetGoKits.

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