Extreme Weather Preparedness - Precast/ Prestressed concrete is resistant to tornadoes, hurricanes, and wind.

About 1,200 tornadoes hit the United States every year and every state is at risk. Tornadoes can strike in any season, but occur most often in the spring and summer months. They can occur at all hours of the day and night, but are most likely to occur between 3 p.m. and 9 p.m.

Case Study: Canadian Valley Technology Center, El Reno, OK

May 31, 2013 found The Canadian Valley Technology Center Campus in the path of an EF-3 tornado. The tornado ravaged the community and devastated the campus.

The campus was rebuilt into a state of the art learning facility with an Early Childhood Center, trade shops, offices, and specialized classrooms along with four storm shelters to withstand the 250mph winds of an EF-5 tornado.

Storm shelters are used as a commons area or meeting rooms, during normal hours when not performing as a storm shelter.

You provide the venue and let PCMA provide lunch and an AIA approved education program that will help you design structures to endure extreme weather.

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How Precast Builds featuring review of FEMA 361

Program Number Authorized: LIVEDHPP Credit: 1.00 HSW

  • Define high performance precast prestressed concrete structures.

  • Discuss the advantages and long-term benefits of high performance design.

  • Understand how precast meets the needs of FEMA 361

  • Describe versatility, energy efficiency, and long-term building performance of precast.

  • Explain how high performance design incorporates resiliency it to provide multi-hazard protection.

Recent code changes, increasing sustainability requirements, and a challenging economy are just some of the factors increasing demand for “high-performance“ structures. However, high performance is not business-as-usual. The concept of “high-performance“ encompasses sustainability; however, it goes beyond a “this-or-that“ approach by requiring optimization of all relevant attributes for a project on a life cycle basis. This presentation will explain what high performance structures are, and how precast concrete can help you achieve your high performance project goals. The presentation also covers the basics of precast concrete, its applications, finishes, etc.

FEMA Resources - Public and Community Safe Rooms

In areas subject to extreme-wind events, building owners, schools, hospitals, neighborhood associations, and others responsible for public safety should consider building a community safe room.

The primary purpose of FEMA P-361 is to provide guidance on best practices related to the design, construction, and operation of community and residential safe rooms.