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Safe Rooms for Tornadoes and Hurricanes

COURSE NO: S12-002
COURSE PROVIDER: Gilbert Gedeon, P.E.
Safe Rooms for Tornadoes and Hurricanes
Course Highlights

This online engineering PDH course provides guidance on best practices related to the design, construction, and operation of community and residential safe rooms.


Tornadoes and hurricanes are among the most destructive forces of nature. Unfortunately, these types of windstorms continue to cause injury and death to people who are unable to safely evacuate or find shelter from these events. FEMA has long supported the development of hazard-resistant codes and standards by assessing how structures respond in a disaster. Assessment conclusions and recommendations are applied through active participation in the process of creating and developing building codes and standards.


This course describes the criteria for any safe room, private or public, to be constructed so that it is capable of providing near-absolute protection for its occupants during tornadoes and hurricanes. The guidance in this publication builds on knowledge gained through field investigations and research, represented in FEMA’s technical reports and publications, as well as information from other national and State agencies and universities that have studied the performance of the built environment during tornadoes and hurricanes.


This 12 PDH online course is applicable to structural engineers who are interested in gaining knowledge on the planning and engineering issues for design and construction of stand-alone safe room buildings, constructing safe rooms within a new building, and adding a safe room to an existing building.
Learning Objectives

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

  • Familiarizing with extreme wind risk assessment and analysis
  • Familiarizing with operation and maintenance considerations for community safe rooms
  • Gaining a general overview on the different types of safe rooms
  • Learning about safe room costs and the calculation of project benefits
  • Understanding the needed emergency provisions for different wind events and access and entry for safe rooms
Course Document
In this professional engineering CEU course, you need to review the course document titled, "Safe Rooms for Tornadoes and Hurricanes”, which is based on the FEMA document “Safe Rooms for Tornadoes and Hurricanes: Guidance for Community and Residential Safe Rooms”, dated March 2015, reference FEMA P-361.
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Course Quiz
Once you complete your course review, you need to take a multiple-choice quiz consisting of sixty (60) questions to earn 12 PDH credits. The quiz will be based on the entire document.
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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