Whether you build a safe room onsite or install a prefabricated shelter, consider the safety of its location. Safe rooms are designed to protect you and your family from extreme winds, but they cannot protect you from flooding. That is why they should never be built or placed in areas expected to flood during hurricanes, thunderstorms, or other severe weather events.
Contact your local emergency management, floodplain management, or building official if you don’t know whether your home is in a storm surge area, high flood risk zone, or any area likely to flood.
For more information and technical details regarding safe rooms and storm shelters, see FEMA P-320 and ICC 500.