Online Courses

Discount Packages

Ethics, Laws and Rules

Live Webinars

Video Presentations

Interactive Courses

OH Timed & Monitored

Courses by Provider

Safe Rooms and Shelters - Structural Design Criteria

COURSE NO: F05-004
COURSE PROVIDER: Gilbert Gedeon, P.E.
Safe Rooms and Shelters - Structural Design Criteria
Course Highlights

This online engineering PDH course discusses explosive threat parameters and measures needed to protect shelters from blast effects. Structural systems and building envelope elements for new and existing shelters are analyzed; shelters and FEMA model building types are discussed; protective design measures for the defined building types are provided, and design guidance and retrofit issues are presented. The purpose of this course is to offer comprehensive information on how to improve the resistance of shelters when exposed to blast events.


This 5 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 in gaining a better understanding of the structural design criteria of safe rooms and shelters.

Learning Objectives

This PE continuing education course is intended to provide you with the following specific knowledge and skills:

  • Understanding explosive threat and blast effect parameters
  • Learning the various methods of hardened construction
  • Design of new construction vs. retrofitting existing buildings
  • Familiarizing with the different FEMA shelters and model building types
  • Determining adequate design and construction of buildings exposed to various forces
Course Document

In this professional engineering CEU course, you need to review Chapter 2 "Structural Design Criteria" 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 - Structural Design Criteria (6.5 MB)
Course Quiz
Once you complete your course review, you need to take a multiple-choice quiz consisting of twenty five (25) questions to earn 5 PDH credits. The quiz will be based on Chapter 2 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.

To buy the course and take the quiz, please click on: