What Are the Survival Rates for Affordable Storm Shelters?

What Are the Survival Rates for Affordable Storm Shelters?

Regardless of the price, storm shelters that meet the Federal Emergency Management Agency design criteria for wind-born debris provide near-absolute protection when built or installed according to regulations. FEMA design criteria require that a storm shelter withstand a 15-pound two-by-four being hurled at the shelter wall at 100 mph.

Storm shelters fall into two different categories: community and residential. Storm shelter building standards far exceed the regular building code for a geographic location. A storm shelter or safe room may be a reinforced interior room, an underground room or a separate building. FEMA publishes guidance on designing and building safe rooms at FEMA.gov under the Plan, Mitigate and Prepare tab.