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Sun Sep 1, 2019, 08:36 PM

Assuming a ground level site, is it possible to build a safe room/shelter inside an apartment?

Could you anchor cinder blocks beneath or to a foundation and hang a secure interior roof, to make a closet to shelter in, that would survive 185 MPH winds?

Hoping all are safe and well tonight and morning brings relief.

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Reply Assuming a ground level site, is it possible to build a safe room/shelter inside an apartment? (Original post)
mahina Sep 1 OP
defacto7 Sep 1 #1
unc70 Sep 1 #2
cwydro Sep 2 #3
mahina Sep 2 #4
cwydro Sep 2 #5

Response to mahina (Original post)

Sun Sep 1, 2019, 08:46 PM

1. There are such things but I wouldnt use cinder block.

Too light. The problem of flooding is a different issue.

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Response to mahina (Original post)

Sun Sep 1, 2019, 08:59 PM

2. Not realistically. Still vulnerable to any breach

Whether water washing away foundation, or wind opening up windows, walls, or roof sections -- it barely matters where your protection is breached, once that happens things get bad really fast. Not to mention getting 20+ ft storm surges on seasonal high tides. And winds are much faster up 5 or 10 stories.

I have personally seen hotel swimming pools go floating away, concrete pad and all. Everything on the ocean is temporary.

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Response to mahina (Original post)

Mon Sep 2, 2019, 01:03 PM

3. The surge is what kills.

Rarely the wind.

Water came up to my chin in Wilma. I lost everything in the house that wasn’t up high.

I had parked my truck on high ground, but everyone I knew lost their cars.

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Response to cwydro (Reply #3)

Mon Sep 2, 2019, 04:32 PM

4. Holy Moses.

Thankful that you survived. Super good thinking about the truck, man oh man.

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Response to mahina (Reply #4)

Mon Sep 2, 2019, 05:31 PM

5. I lost my car in Georges, learned from that.

During Wilma, I had the cats and dogs in the canoe as the water rose lol.

Ha. Memories.

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