FEMA says on its website that storm shelters are, at times, the most important rooms in a family’s home. With hurricanes, tornadoes and flash floods as unpredictable as they are, planning in advance and preparing a shelter for a storm can be the difference between life and death. The following are some tips for creating your own DIY storm shelter:
FEMA has published a guide to helping citizens build and maintain their own DIY storm shelters. It is called “FEMA 320: Taking Shelter From the Storm: Building a Safe Room Inside Your House.” All you have to do is call the FEMA hotline at (888) 565-3896 and request it.
Now, depending on what you’ll be using your storm shelter for, visit FEMA.gov to research the frequency of storms that hit your area, the kinds of natural disasters that hit and the speed of winds that blow through your state. Knowing these things will help you plan on how strong your shelter should be.