Hide-Away Storm Shelter Testing

The Hide-Away Storm Shelter was tested at the Texas Tech University Wind Science & Engineering Research Center (WiSE) to withstand Debris Impact per the design criteria of the ICC 500 “ICC/NSSA Standard For The Design and Construction of Storm Shelters”, FEMA 320 “Taking Shelter From the Storm: Building a Safe Room For Your Home or Small Business”, and FEMA 361 “Design and Construction Guidance for Community Safe Rooms” Guidelines. The test included multiple impacts by a 15 lb. wood 2″x4″ propelled at 100 mph for horizontal impacts as produced by a missile propelled horizontally by a 250 mph ground speed tornado. The maximum resultant deflection imposed on the Hide-Away Storm Shelter was a 3/4 inch deflection.

The testing criteria allows a maximum deflection of 3 inches.This test was conducted at the WiSE Facility by Mr. Larry Tanner, P.E., Research Associate Manager, Debris Impact Test Facility on April 5, 2013.

School Security

Now it’s possible to protect school children from armed intruders, and even F5 tornadoes, with a Hide-Away® Safe Room.