Hostile Mitigation: Rise of Safe Rooms in Homeland Security
Updated: 3 days ago
In recent years, there has been a growing tendency for public and private organizations to install safe rooms in buildings such as schools, hospitals, sporting venues, governmental facilities, and commercial buildings, etc. In many cases, the safe rooms are multi-hazard facilities designed to protect occupants from both man-made threats – such as rocket attacks or armed assaults -- as well as from natural disasters, such as hurricanes and tornados. The purpose of these safe rooms is to provide the buildings ‘occupants safe and protected shelter until safe evacuation is possible.
In ESCO we able to design two main types of safe rooms: stand-alone and internal. Both types of safe rooms can be used as dual facilities and can also function as office spaces, calls rooms, storage rooms, etc.
A stand-alone safe room is considered a separate building (i.e., not within or attached to any other building) that is designed and constructed to withstand the range of natural and man-made hazards.
An internal safe room is a specially designed and constructed room or area within, or attached, to a larger building that is designed and constructed to be structurally independent of the larger building, and to withstand natural and man-made hazards.
Some safe rooms are designed to withstand forced entry attempts and to be ballistic resistant. Ballistic-resistant design involves both the blocking of sightlines to conceal the occupants and the use of ballistic-resistant materials to minimize the effectiveness of the weapon.
In ESCO we will support you in the design process and as result the construction of safe room:
In accordance with your desired level of protection
To fit the saferoom with your site characteristics, site constrains and local regulations
To fit and integrate with emergency systems
All proposed design and construction will be endorsed by Structural Engineer
Safe-room designs vary with budget and intended use and are increasingly popular nowadays to protect occupants from various types of emergencies, contact us today for free consultation and more details.