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I thought this might be of interest to those of you who do residential
work.  This is an interesting concept in relation to tornado prone areas.

Rick Ranous
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Safe Room Construction Plans Now Available Online

Washington June 28, 1999 - The files containing plans and specifications
for building a safe room inside your house are now available online.  The
direct URL for downloading the files is WWW.FEMA.GOV/MIT/SHPLANS

Developed in collaboration with the Wind Engineering Research Center of
Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas," Taking Shelter from the Storm,
Building a Safe Room Inside Your House" and the construction plans draw on
25 years of field research by the Texas Tech researchers. Their work has
included studies of the performance of buildings following dozens of
tornadoes throughout the United States and laboratory testing on the
performance of building materials and systems when impacted by airborne
debris.

The National Association of Homebuilders Research Center evaluated the
designs for construction methods, materials and costs. The shelters are
designed with saving lives as the primary consideration.

The safe room designs provided in "Taking Shelter from the Storm" have
been
developed to protect individuals from missiles, falling debris and will
remain standing if the house is severely damaged. In addition, building
materials and combinations of building materials are recommended that will
resist penetration of flying objects in extreme winds.

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
Office of Public Affairs --- Washington, D.C.

Information Available 24 hours a day . . .
 ... on the World Wide Web:  http://www.fema.gov
 ... via fax-on-demand: phone in the U.S.A. (202) 646-FEMA (646-3362)
 ... via digital audio for broadcasters & print: contact eipa(--nospam--at)fema.gov
  and listen to the FEMA Radio Network on the FEMA Website using RealAudio