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Safe Rooms and Shelters - Design Guidance

COURSE NO: F04-003
COURSE PROVIDER: Gilbert Gedeon, P.E.
Safe Rooms and Shelters - Design Guidance
Course Highlights

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 (NRP).


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.

Learning Objectives

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
Course Document

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).

To view, print and study the course document, please click on the following link(s):
Safe Rooms and Shelters - Design Guidance (6.4 MB)
Course Quiz
Once you complete your course review, you need to take a multiple-choice quiz consisting of twenty (20) questions to earn 4 PDH credits. The quiz will be based on Chapter 1 of this FEMA publication.


The minimum passing score is 70%. There is no time limit on the quiz, and you can take it multiple times until you pass at no additional cost.
Certificate of Completion

Upon successful completion of the quiz, print your Certificate of Completion instantly. (Note: if you are paying by check or money order, you will be able to print it after we receive your payment.) For your convenience, we will also email it to you. Please note that you can log in to your account at any time to access and print your Certificate of Completion.

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