Lynn D'Avolio
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage | 801-597-2857 | lynn1@soldbylynn.com


Posted by Lynn D'Avolio on 9/20/2016

imagesIt is no secret that many individuals worldwide are mentally prepared and planning for a state of political or economic chaos, or natural disasters such as earthquakes, tsunamis, tornadoes or cyclones, floods or forest fires. It is wise to have a home survival bunker that can provide shelter in case of an emergency. With the help of research and technology, you can easily get to know whether or not your locality is a danger zone for any of the disasters and accordingly take steps towards building a safe house. In areas that are tornado-prone, a survival shelter would be a great investment to protect the family, pets and essential valuables. Remodeling a home with a safe for valuable assets or documents, storage for food, water, first aid materials, and other supplies and sleeping and sanitation facilities can prove to be a productive investment at the time of crisis. Your survival home need not be boring or bland. Involve both young and old while designing it, so as to meet individual needs. Your safe house can also serve as a media center, kid’s playroom, gymnasium or even a hobby center. The important thing to be kept in mind is that it should be readily available to all family members at any time. Apart from that, it is also advised to prepare an emergency kit at home containing water supply, dried food, cash, and a spare cell phone with emergency numbers and numbers of all relatives stored and saved. Reach out to a reputed building contractor or architect to show you models of a basement or freestanding shelters to provide maximum safety to your family at the time of a disaster. The United States Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) advises, “After determining that you live in a tornado-prone region, it is important to understand the risks”. The residential homes, despite incorporating green building codes or smart home technology, do not provide adequate protection to residents. If you live in a tornado-prone area, it is important that you know the effects of a tornado on your house. Tornado winds can impact the wind and windborne debris load on your home. Only structures that are designed and constructed to be able to withstand that kind of pressure can provide protection to the inhabitants. Tornadoes can arrive without any warning and produce winds with a speed of over 300 miles per hour. To withstand the pressure, the builder will most likely use fiber reinforced concrete and steel beams and plating. Such special purpose structures can be constructed inside your home or built as stand-alone structures. Remember that these structures need to be able to provide protection against strong winds and that they should not be located at a place where water can flood. When discussing the safe house with your builder, it would be wise to select a space that is larger than the necessary space requirements for your family so that there is room for one or two more unplanned people to seek safety and shelter. When the lives of your loved ones depend on the efficiency of your safe house, it is only sensible to use quality skill and techniques for its construction.




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