Concrete Plans

FEMA recognizes both the ICF and the CMU types of construction as suitable for building safe rooms in Taking Shelter From the Storm. It provides typical plans for a minimum 8’x8’ room using both types of construction. To the right is a downloadable complete design of a CMU plan.

You will find that both the CMU and ICF, when properly installed, provide features of strength and durability that are important when designing and building a safe room. Your choice as to which method of construction to use will more likely come down to the familiarity of your builder and his/her subcontractors with either the CMU or ICF.

If your builder is not familiar with using the concrete forms or the concrete masonry, you can depend on the Alabama Concrete Industries Association to provide the information needed to make the appropriate choice.

Everyday Uses for Safe Rooms
Your safe room can be built to a minimal square foot design for use only in the event of a bad storm or tornado. Or, it can be built to fit your personal need with modest adjustments for a heavy door and windowless construction. Larger-sized, custom designed rooms can be built to accommodate:

  • Bathrooms
  • Master bedroom closets
  • Entertainment rooms
  • Laundry rooms

The safe room definitely does not have to be a damp hole in the ground that you leave the safety of your home to research during a storm. Nor does it have to be a room within your home used only for storm emergencies. The options for creativity are limitless. Naturally, the amount of customization and the size of the project will be factors in the determining the construction budget.