Innovative Technologies
Tornado Shelters

Resources to help build FPL's innovative, affordable, DIY-able wood tornado shelters.

Tornado Shelters: Guides & Resources for Construction

The United States experiences more tornado activity than any other country in the world. For this reason, engineers at USDA’s Forest Products Laboratory (FPL) developed a residential tornado shelter that meets industry safety standards and can be built in an existing home by advanced DIYers or building trade professionals. To make this innovative technology more practical and applicable for those who wish to build it, FPL commissioned Home Innovation Research Labs to create a TechSpec overview of the design, a step-by-step Construction Guide, and a companion six-part Video Series. Links to all these resources are available below.

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