Christmas Day 2015 turned into a nightmare for many in Birmingham when a violent tornado threatened the safety of loved one and damaged property.
To protect against this, businesses and families can build more resilient structures to stand up to the next storm and provide a strong shelter to survive any danger presented by Mother Nature. The PCA is working with the Federal Emergency Management Agency at the 2016 Birmingham Home and Garden Show to show residents the importance of installing a safe room.
A safe room may be incorporated into the construction of a new home of retrofitted into an existing home. The advantage of a safe room over a storm cellar is that the safe-room can function year-round as a usable area, such as a bathroom, closet or utility room.
“For no more than the cost of a typical bathroom remodel, a concrete safe room is a proven way to keep people safe during a tornado or hurricane,” said Donn Thompson, senior director of market development at PCA. “Typically created as a small, windowless room, safe rooms are completely encapsulated in concrete, providing resiliency and security during a dangerous event.”
Adapted from press release by Rebecca Bowden
Read the article online at: https://www.worldcement.com/the-americas/19022016/pca-showcases-safe-rooms-534/