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Old 05-21-2013, 10:10 AM   #1
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Since the recent tragedies in OK, I'm considering building a saferoom. I have a large barn with a cement floor. I want to build the room inside of that barn. My question is this; Would building a small room out of concrete blocks with a steel door be sufficient? I live in NC so we do not get the huge tornadoes like the ones in OK but they are still deadly. Thanks for any advise on this. Lawdawg

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check out this link http://www.fema.gov/safe-rooms

if I was doing one I'd hire an engineer and have it constructed from reinforced concrete, walls, floors and ceiling. just big enough for your family and some supplies.

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My step-daughter's family lives in Bristow, OK, just out of the way of the storms BUT...they have gone to their shelter twice since Sunday when the emergency sirens went off. It is an underground model located just outside of their house.
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I have family in Tulsa and in Texas ... they've been blessed to have been spared
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I lived in Moore OK back in the 70's when I was in the AF.....

My prayers go out to all those people....especially the kids...

A majority of those buildings are built to withstand a good size tornado....but an EF4 or bigger? That is a lot of tornado.

It's events like this that drive so many of the building codes. One of the reasons I have no complaints about what I had to do with my addition to withstand an earthquake.

lawdawg.....you might want to reconsider using the garage....even if you make the safe room robust....you could have bigger issues if the garage is on top of you and you can't get out and people can't get to you...

If flooding is not an issue, then in-ground is really the best.
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I lived in Moore OK back in the 70's when I was in the AF.....

My prayers go out to all those people....especially the kids...

A majority of those buildings are built to withstand a good size tornado....but an EF4 or bigger? That is a lot of tornado.

It's events like this that drive so many of the building codes. One of the reasons I have no complaints about what I had to do with my addition to withstand an earthquake.

lawdawg.....you might want to reconsider using the garage....even if you make the safe room robust....you could have bigger issues if the garage is on top of you and you can't get out and people can't get to you...

If flooding is not an issue, then in-ground is really the best.
Ayuh,.... Exactly,.... 'n it ain't gotta be Deep,....

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Culverts are everywhere,...preferably the downhill end...
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if you are serious about it = build it below grade. when things get flying through the air, some real damage can happen.

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