Concrete Safe Rooms
The WTF Safe Room System incorporates wall, ledger and deck forms to create the desired size of safe room which enables the contractor to pour a monolithic structure that meets FEMA guidelines. This system was designed to meet contractor specifications. The Insulation System may also be incorporated into safe room structures. Safe rooms can be built detached or incorporated into the design of a home. Above ground shelters offer easy access for all ages and anyone with special needs.
Texas Tech researchers collaborated with FEMA on the development of safe rooms, drawing on 25 years of field research. 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. These shelters are designed to provide near absolute protection to you and your family from the high winds expected during tornadoes and hurricanes and from associated flying debris, such as wood studs, that tornadoes and hurricanes usually create.
Properly constructed concrete safe rooms will withstand up to an F5 tornado. Living proof: May 3, 1999 Del City, Oklahoma - this master bedroom closet, a concrete safe room, protected the owner and her family from an F5 tornado with winds in excess of 260mph.
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