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Safe Rooms for Tornadoes and Hurricanes Guidance for Community and Residential Safe Rooms

This publication from FEMA offers comprehensive guidance on planning, designing, constructing, and operating safe rooms to protect individuals during extreme-wind events like tornadoes and hurricanes. Intended for various professionals and safe room owners, FEMA P-361 was first published in 2000, with subsequent editions in 2008 and 2015. Since the latest edition, advancements in research and updated standards like the ICC 500 have influenced safe room design and construction. ICC 500, developed in collaboration with NSSA, has evolved through editions since 2008, with the latest in 2020. FEMA P-361 aligns with ICC 500-2020 and is structured into two parts: Part A and Part B.

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