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?
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?
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?
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
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:
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.