Safe Rooms and Shelters - Design Guidance
This online engineering PDH course presents guidance on the design and construction of shelters in the work place, home, or community building to provide the required level of protection that may be assumed by building owners when deciding to build a shelter in response to the manmade CBRE threats as defined in the National Response Plan (
This course considers shelter design concepts that relate to the type of shelter being designed and where it may be located. It discusses how shelter use (either single or multiple) may affect the type of shelter selected and the location of that shelter on a particular site. It also describes key operations zones in and around a shelter that need to be taken into consideration as a means to provide safe ingress and egress and medical assistance to victims of a manmade event (terrorist attack or technological accident). The objective of this chapter is to provide a broad vision on how a shelter should be designed to protect against catastrophic events.
This 4 PDH online course is applicable to engineers, planners, architects, landscape designers, construction and operations personnel, security and law enforcement agents, as well as consultants and contractors who are interested in gaining a better understanding in the design and construction of safe rooms and shelters.
This PE continuing education course is intended to provide you with the following specific knowledge and skills:
- Understating explosive threats and CBR attacks
- Learning the different blast and CBR levels of protection
- Familiarizing with the different types of shelters
- Learning how to site a shelter
- Incorporating protective design criteria including, travel time, accessibility, occupancy duration, TFA floor space and ventilation requirements
- Incorporating other safety design considerations including lighting, emergency power, route marking and signage
- Incorporating building evacuation design considerations
- Understanding and designing the different key operation zones
In this professional engineering CEU course, you need to review Chapter 1 "Design Guidance" of the FEMA Publication tilted, "Safe Rooms and Shelters" (FEMA 453).
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