What is a Safe Room?
A safe room is a hardened structure specifically designed to meet the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) criteria and provide provide protection in extreme wind events, including tornadoes and hurricanes.
This protection standard means that, based on our current knowledge of tornadoes and hurricanes, the occupants of a safe room built in accordance with FEMA guidance will have a very high probability of being protected from injury or death.
FEMA's guidance related to Safe Rooms can be found here.
How do I obtain funding for a Safe Room?
TDEM provides funding through grant opportunities to local governments to assist with safe room programs, which reduce overall risk to people and property.
For information related to the two types of safe room projects, and for a listing of jurisdictions with current residential safe room opportunities, please click the links below:
If your jurisdiction does not currently have a safe room program, please contact your local elected official or Emergency Management Coordinator in order to express your interest in a safe room program.
For additional information, please contact your Regional Section Chief.