Skip to main content

Moore, Oklahoma is located in an area known as “Tornado Alley,” and has experienced more tornadoes in the past few decades than any other region in the US. As a result, communities in Moore have undertaken measures to build Tornado Safe Rooms (TSRs) as a precautionary measure.

A TSR is a separate, self-contained structure that is installed within or outside a building and is designed to provide people with a safe refuge during a tornado. These safe rooms are fortified to withstand high winds, flying debris, and other elements that pose a risk during a disaster.

Recently, federal funding enabled Moore residents to install over 11,000 new safe rooms throughout the town. Property owners can receive reimbursement of up to 75% of the cost of building a TSR from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). A TSR can be custom-made according to the number of occupants, and its size can range from a small portable unit to a large permanent structure that can serve as a community safe room.

These safe rooms provide a secure and reliable refuge from severe weather events. They are also recommended to be equipped with emergency supplies, including food, water, medical supplies, and a first aid kit. It is important to note that TSRs have regulations that need to be followed for maximum safety. For example, TSRs to be installed in basements should have a sealed door and an independent ventilation system to prevent air pollutants and toxic fumes.

TSRs offer a peace of mind that can significantly reduced stress for homeowners and the community. Tornadoes can strike without much warning, so having one of these rooms is essential for safety. They are also cost-effective and provide a significant increase in the home’s value due to its safety features.

In addition to Moore, other towns in Oklahoma and across Tornado Alley have also adopted the installation of Tornado Safe Rooms as a proactive measure against tornadoes. Due to their high success rate, a growing number of communities in the US are starting to implement them.

In conclusion, Tornado Safe Rooms are an effective way to protect against the dangers of tornadoes in areas where the risk is high. With federal funding and the help of FEMA, it is possible to build TSRs that can provide an affordable option for homeowners and property owners to safeguard themselves and their loved ones from natural disasters.