If you’re concerned about having a safe place in your home in case of a tornado, you may want to the follow the lead of some homeowners in Washington, Ill. In the aftermath of last year’s tornado, the Tazewell County city has noticed more rebuilding projects including reinforced safe rooms that could be used to protect people from future storms. Jon Oliphant, the city’s director of planning and development, says those rooms aren’t just for show.
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“It definitely gives you the piece of mind,” Oliphant said, “but the walls are definitely constructed in such a way to withstand any debris that may be thrown that way, certainly any wind damage that may result.” Oliphant says putting in a safe room can cost anywhere from $2,500 to $5,000, depending on the room’s size.
Besides the safe rooms, Oliphant says most rebuilding projects are the same as what would have been constructed before the tornado that damaged more than 1,000 homes in the area.