The Ultimate Building a Hurricane Shelter Quiz

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About This Quiz

Hunkering down and riding out a hurricane is no fun, and certainly not as glamorous-looking as the tornado that picked up Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz. But you'll be relieved to know that you can plan ahead for such an eventuality and build a hurricane shelter to protect you and yours. Take this quiz to learn more about hurricane shelters.

What will a hurricane shelter do?

A hurricane shelter will provide you with shelter and protection from flying debris and projectiles in the form of tree branches, cars, etc.

One type of hurricane shelter is a stand-alone shelter. What is the other type called when it is located inside your home?

A hurricane shelter within your home is called a safe room or an in-residence shelter.

What are stand-alone hurricane shelters made of?

They are usually made of steel panels, with a steel door bolted to a concrete pad.

Since building a hurricane shelter is not a DIY project, how much would it cost to have it done?

It would cost at least $5,000 to have it done, to conform to Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) standards.

Can you buy a pre-fabricated hurricane shelter or do you have to have it made on-site?

Either option is viable.

Steel Storm Shelters manufactures hurricane shelters. Where is the company located?

It is located in Jackson, Tennessee.

What is the FEMA recommendation regarding the amount of space needed per person in the shelter?

FEMA recommends allowing 10 square feet (0.93 square meters) per person.

What costs more to build, a safe room or a stand-alone shelter?

Usually it costs more to build a stand-alone shelter, making this one of the advantages of building a safe room inside your home.

Aside from cost, what other advantage is there in having a safe room as opposed to an outside shelter?

A safe room inside means not having to venture outside for protection. This could be crucial when time is against you.

If you want to build a safe room inside your home using existing walls, what is the best way to do it?

You can use plywood (the cheapest option), steel or concrete to fortify the existing walls.

What must you have in the hurricane shelter inside your home?

Most important is adequate ventilation for your family size.

At Louisiana State University, there is a showcase safe room built to demonstrate storm-resistant building techniques and materials. What is it called?

It's called LaHouse and it has been on exhibit since July 2008.

What hidden niche is contained within the LaHouse?

LaHouse contains an area behind a hidden sliding steel door that offers even more protection during a violent storm.

Ultimately, the best plan of action when facing an approaching hurricane is to:

The best thing to do is to evacuate the area. If this proves impossible, then the hurricane shelter that you have built is the safest place to ride out the storm.

What is an important difference between hurricanes and tornadoes that affects your required length of stay inside the shelter?

Hurricanes can set in for hours, if not days, whereas tornadoes usually pass through quickly. This means that if you are faced with a hurricane, you'll expect to have to spend a fair amount of time in the shelter.

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