You have a lot of options when building or remodeling a home. The choices made have to meet your family’s needs, stay within a set budget and contribute to increasing the resale value of your home. Spa inspired master bathroom? Home theater? Custom closets? All of these choices will add to your enjoyment and your home’s resale value. However, did you know that any of these spaces, if they fit the right criteria, could also serve as a safe room?
A properly built, high wind safe room protects your family from the most intense tornadoes and hurricanes and can be incorporated into a planned build or renovation to create a seamless, multiuse space in your home, adding to its value.
What's the Risk?
Tornadoes often strike with little warning and many tornadoes form at night. Having a close, reliable safe room greatly improves a family’s chance of surviving these dangerous storms. Families outside of “Tornado Alley” may think they are out of harm’s way but tornadoes happen in every state. Hurricanes and even typical thunderstorms can cause catastrophic winds making a safe room necessary even in the southeast. No matter where you are, a safe room should be a part of your home plan.
What's the Cost?
Whether you are starting from scratch or remodeling your home, you should consider adding a safe room to your plans. Most ground floor, internal rooms can serve as a safe room. So, if you are working on a new closet, powder room or any other qualifying space, you can make it a safe room. Use the cost calculator to get a rough estimate on how much it would cost to build or retrofit your planned space to make it meet the FEMA 320 safe room criteria and NSSA/ICC 500 shelter standard. If you cannot make structural changes to your property, you may consider installing a pre-fabricated safe room from a NSSA supplier.
How do you get started?
There are many options when considering adding a safe room to your home. However, you must make sure your safe room is built to meet or exceed certain standards. A safe room designed to meet standards set forth by the National Storm Shelter Association, the International Code Council and FEMA and will stand up to the most intense tornadoes and hurricanes. There are many guides to help you and your contractor build to the desired standard.