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In life, you want every advantage you can get. That's especially true when it comes to protecting you and your family from potentially devastating external events like extreme weather. Having a safe room in your home can provide safe shelter during severe weather situations. Here are four tips to help you take advantage of safe room design.
Safe Room Designation. To qualify as a safe room, building construction and materials must meet the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) criteria. The construction must also give absolute protection against weather-related events. That means that individuals who seek protection in the safe room have a high probability of survival during extreme weather events as a result of the safe room's protection against injury and death.
Funding Your Safe Room. The good news is that funding is available from various resources to build a safe room for your home. Some of the resources use an expanded definition of "safe room" to include safe areas constructed in your neighborhood. The funding sources are:
FACT SHEET: Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP), Pre-Disaster Mitigation Grants (PDM) and Safe Rooms. This fact sheet provides important information on eligibility, funding, process, and the rules associated with each of the above programs. You can also call for information on Hazard Mitigation Grants at (866) 222-3580.
As of January 1, 2015, FEMA grant programs have provided $984 million in federal dollars to build 25,000 residential safe rooms and 2,000 community safe rooms in 25 states/territories.
For additional information on safe rooms, contact your State Hazard Mitigation Officer (SHMO). Your SHMO can tell you what information you need to provide if you want consideration for funding. The SHMO can also tell you any design requirements of your local authorities.
To read more about safe rooms, see the article from wbrc.com entitled "ROCK SOLID: Homes built to withstand severe weather."
The Bautex Wall System that is made of a proprietary cement and foam composite material that provides many benefits over traditional methods of constructing safe room walls. These benefits include: Speed of construction, simplicity of installation/construction, integral fire-resistance and insulation and design flexibility all at a lower cost than other storm safe materials.
To learn more about the benefits of use the Bautex Wall System in safe rooms, please contact us.