FEMA publishes home safe room design plans

FEMA released the fifth edition of FEMA P-320 (2021), “Taking Shelter from the Storm: Building or Installing a Safe Room for Your Home.” This edition updates and refines criteria for how to design and construct a safe room for a one- or two-family dwelling that provides near-absolute protection from wind and wind-borne debris for occupants. Updates from the International Code Council, the National Storm Shelter Association, and the “ICC/NSSA Standard for the Design and Construction of Storm Shelters,” (ICC 500) are included in this fifth edition. Prescriptive safe room designs that meet FEMA criteria for one- and two-family dwellings are also included as a part of this publication for multiple material options. The FEMA P-320 resource along with its design plans, can be downloaded from FEMA’s Safe Room Resources webpage.

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