Regulatory Considerations for Designing Tornado and Hurricane Storm Shelter Components


The purpose of this 60 minute course is to educate manufacturers of storm shelters and storm shelter components, as well code authorities and the building inspection community, about the history of storm shelter guidelines, and how ICC 500 was developed. The course is designed to provide participants an overview of the FEMA 320 and 361 guidelines, with specific attention to the testing requirements found within ICC 500-2014. Participants will gain a foundational overview of the requirements for components found within ICC 500, “Standard for the Design and Construction of Storm Shelters.” Specific attention will also be given towards UL’s Certification and the Industry File Review pertaining to the updated 2014 edition of the ICC 500 standard. The discussion will cover: History of FEMA and development of ICC 500; Structure of ICC 500, specific to performance testing of components, and UL certification information pertaining to the recent Industry File Review (IFR).


Course Topics

  • Tornado and hurricane
  • Storm shelters
  • Storm shelter component performance

Learning Objectives

Upon completion, participants will be able to:

  • Provide specific details of the history behind FEMA 320 and 361 guidelines
  • Explain component testing requirements, specific to doors, windows, and impact-resistive products found within ICC 500-2014
  • Understand UL’s certification program as it pertains to ICC 500, and specifics to the recent Industry File Review (IFR)
  • FEMA 320 and FEMA 361 guidelines

Target Audience

Multiple roles and levels in an organization including but not limited to:

  • Architects
  • Code Authorities
  • Contractors
  • Commercial Builders
  • Door & Window Manufacturers & Designers

Participants of the live course are able to receive 1 AIA HSW Learning Unit

If you are interested in this course, please contact: Dave.Stammen@ul.com

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Time Requirement


Instructor-Led 1 hour

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