FEMA 320 is a guide to residential storm shelters: it promotes understanding tornadoes and deciding on the best protection for you and your loved ones. Survive-a-Storm Shelters follows the regulations outlined in the FEMA 320 publication, from size and occupancy standards to engineering specifications in the construction of storm shelters.
While engineers, architects, and manufacturers of storm shelters use FEMA 320 to do their jobs correctly, it doesn’t mean the average person should feel intimidated by its contents.
This guide has been written so that every person will understand their risks; after all, knowledge is power. Some sections you may find of interest:
FEMA 320 Guidelines
Section I: Understanding the Hazards
This section has colorful maps, which are great for determining your risks by location. There is also a chart which illustrates the damage done by tornadoes, from EF-1 to EF-5. It also introduces some tornado and hurricane terminology, which will be helpful when shopping for a storm shelter. Probably the most important part of this section is the Homeowner’s Worksheet, which assists in planning for emergencies.
Section II: Planning Your Safe Room
This section gives ideas for building your own safe room (if you’re into DIY!). It also details the testing done by Texas Tech, which all Survive-a-Storm’s shelters have passed. The pictures in this guide certainly give you a good idea of the rigor of this testing.
Section III: Building Your Safe Room
Looking over this section might just prompt you to build your own shelter–but hey, when you have professionals who’ve gone through the testing and the inspections, you may want to go ahead and give us a call…We’ll build it just right!!
To look over the FEMA 320 guide for yourself, just follow this link: http://www.fema.gov/media-library-data/20130726-1454-20490-8914/fema_p_320.pdf.
Survive-a-Storm Shelters offers a variety of above ground and below ground tornado safe rooms. We also have financing options and storm shelter loans available as well. To order your FEMA 320-compliant shelter from us, call 888-360-1492. We can’t wait to hear what you’ve learned!