Specifying Tornado-Resistant Doors for Life Safety in Tornado Shelters & FEMA Community Safe Rooms

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Learning Objectives:

  1. Gain a better understanding of the key code provisions and testing standards that apply to storm shelters and community tornado safe rooms.
  2. Demonstrate performance criteria for doors installed in community tornado safe rooms and their various applications.
  3. Explore when it is appropriate to incorporate glass lights in tornado resistant doors for increased visibility.
  4. Discuss various storm shelter examples and their unique door requirements.


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AANB 1 Hour of Core Learning
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MAA 1 Structured Learning Hour
NLAA 1 Hour of Core Learning
NSAA 1 Hour of Core Learning
NWTAA 1 Structured Learning Hour
OAA 1 Learning Hour
SAA 1 Hour of Core Learning
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This course addresses the key code provisions and testing standards that apply to Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) community tornado safe rooms and ICC-500 storm shelters. Participants will discover the rigorous testing standards that tornado safe-room doors must pass and learn the key criteria to consider when specifying tornado-resistant doors for life safety. In addition, real-world examples of community safe rooms and storm shelters will be reviewed, with a focus on specifying appropriate doors for these spaces.

Photo courtesy of Allegion

Casey Cohorst, CSI, CDT, LEED GA has been writing architectural door hardware specifications for over 8 years with Allegion. He specializes in specifying hardware solutions for the education and healthcare markets as well as large projects like airports, and NFL and NBA stadiums. Casey has specified countless educational facilities in the Midwest and is accustomed to their unique needs. He is an expert in codes pertaining to FEMA/ICC 500 shelter doors and wind shelter hardware applications. He has participated in the development and improvement of multiple windstorm products at Allegion. His background in industrial design gives him a unique insight and understanding of door system assemblies and operation.

Allegion (NYSE: ALLE) is a global pioneer in safety and security, with leading brands like CISA®, Interflex®, LCN®, Schlage®, SimonsVoss® and Von Duprin®. Focusing on security around the door and adjacent areas, Allegion produces a range of solutions for homes, businesses, schools and other institutions. Allegion is a $2.4 billion company, with products sold in almost 130 countries.


Originally published in October 2019