Taming Tornado Alley

Specifying Tornado-Resistant Doors for Life Safety in FEMA Community Safe Rooms
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Webinar On-Demand
Sponsored by Allegion
Presented by Casey Cohorst

Learning Objectives:

  1. Explain the key code provisions and testing standards that apply to FEMA community tornado safe rooms.
  2. Discuss the performance criteria for doors installed in community tornado safe rooms.
  3. Describe the range of tornado-resistant doors available for community safe rooms and the applications for which they are appropriate.
  4. Decide when it is appropriate to incorporate doors with glass lights in community tornado safe rooms.


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MAA 1 Structured Learning Hour
NSAA 1 Hour of Core Learning
OAA 1 Learning Hour
NLAA 1 Hour of Core Learning
NWTAA 1 Structured Learning Hour
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Learn how to keep building occupants safe in tornadoes—one of the most deadly natural phenomena in the United States. This course addresses the key code provisions and testing standards that apply to Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) community tornado safe rooms. Participants will discover the rigorous testing standards that tornado safe-room doors must pass and learn the key criteria to consider when specifying doors for life safety.

Tornado Alley

Casey Cohorst

Casey Cohorst, CSI, CDT, has been writing architectural door hardware specifications for more than eight years with Allegion. He specializes in specifying hardware solutions for the education and health-care 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. Casey 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 logo. 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. For more, www.allegion.com.