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New Jersey and most of the Northeast are no strangers to severe weather and hurricanes. Many of us still remember the damage and destruction of Hurricane Sandy. Damaged roofs and broken windows can be repaired or replaced. But the safety of your family is more important than anything.

Should You Turn Your Basement into a Safe Room

Basement_safehouseAfter the devastation of Hurricane Sandy, many homeowners have considered turning all or a part of their basement into a severe weather safe room. Before you start stockpiling bottled water and other supplies, there are a few things you need to know about residential safe rooms. What does it take to create a safe room in your basement?

First ask yourself these questions:

  • What are the requirements for building a residential safe room?
  • Is my home located in a flood plain?
  • What is the cost of building a safe room in my basement?
  • Can I use all or a portion of my basement to build a safe room in my home?

What You Need to Do to Build a Residential Safe Room

A residential safe room is designed to protect you and your family from severe weather conditions such as extreme high winds, hurricanes and tornadoes. Most homes in the northeastern United States have a basement.

According to FEMA, a “safe room is a hardened structure specifically designed to meet the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) criteria and provide near-absolute protection in extreme weather events, including tornadoes and hurricanes. Near-absolute protection means that, based on our current knowledge of tornadoes and hurricanes, the occupants of a safe room built in accordance with FEMA guidance will have a very high probability of being protected from injury or death.”

Would you like more information about what it takes to build a safe room, read FEMA’s design and construction guidelines in FEMA P-320, Taking Shelter from the Storm: Building a Safe Room for Your Home or Small Business.

To learn more about building a safe room in your basement talk to the residential construction experts at Veri Construction We are an award-winning Certified NARI Remodeler, serving customers in New Jersey area.