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The Ultimate Building a Hurricane Shelter Quiz
by Staff
Hunkering down and riding out a hurricane is no fun, and certainly not as glamorous-looking as the tornado that picked up Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz. But you'll be relieved to know that you can plan ahead for such an eventuality and build a hurricane shelter to protect you and yours. Take this quiz to learn more about hurricane shelters.

What will a hurricane shelter do?

  • change the course of an oncoming hurricane
  • block out the howling noise of the strong hurricane winds
  • protect you from wind-borne debris and projectiles

One type of hurricane shelter is a stand-alone shelter. What is the other type called when it is located inside your home?

  • a safe room
  • an in-residence shelter
  • both of the above

What are stand-alone hurricane shelters made of?

  • solid concrete
  • steel panels and a steel door bolted to a concrete pad
  • brick or stone

Since building a hurricane shelter is not a DIY project, how much would it cost to have it done?

  • at least $3,000
  • at least $5,000
  • at least $8,000

Can you buy a pre-fabricated hurricane shelter or do you have to have it made on-site?

  • You can get one either pre-fabricated or built on-site.
  • You can't get it pre-fabricated.
  • You can only get it pre-fabricated.

Steel Storm Shelters manufactures hurricane shelters. Where is the company located?

  • Jackson, Tennessee
  • Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • Kansas City, Kansas

What is the FEMA recommendation regarding the amount of space needed per person in the shelter?

  • eight square feet (0.74 square meters)
  • 10 square feet (0.93 square meters)
  • 15 square feet (1.39 square meters)

What costs more to build, a safe room or a stand-alone shelter?

  • it depends on the company you use
  • a safe room
  • a stand-alone shelter

Aside from cost, what other advantage is there in having a safe room as opposed to an outside shelter?

  • You don't need to venture outside to get protection.
  • It is smaller and therefore more cozy.
  • Your neighbors don't have to know what you're doing and you can keep it private.

If you want to build a safe room inside your home using existing walls, what is the best way to do it?

  • Fortify the existing walls with plywood, steel or concrete.
  • Unfortunately, you can't use existing walls; you have to start from scratch.
  • You need to pad the walls with heavy-duty fiberglass insulation batts.

What must you have in the hurricane shelter inside your home?

  • adequate ventilation
  • Wi-Fi connection
  • none of the above

At Louisiana State University, there is a showcase safe room built to demonstrate storm-resistant building techniques and materials. What is it called?

  • Storm-resist Safe Room
  • Louisiana Demo House
  • LaHouse

What hidden niche is contained within the LaHouse?

  • a vault for valuables
  • an area behind a hidden sliding steel door that offers even more protection
  • a padded area that protects the inhabitants from being hurled around during storms

Ultimately, the best plan of action when facing an approaching hurricane is to:

  • call 911
  • hunker down
  • evacuate the area

What is an important difference between hurricanes and tornadoes that affects your required length of stay inside the shelter?

  • Tornadoes take a while to pass through whereas hurricanes pass through quickly.
  • Hurricanes take a while to pass through whereas tornadoes pass through quickly.
  • Hurricanes are fiercer and more destructive than tornadoes.