In 2015 the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will publish the 4th edition of the FEMA P-320, Taking Shelter from the Storm: Building a Safe Room for Your Home or Small Business. This important document has become the guide to how contractors should build these structures. As communities, owners, and zoning officials increasingly recognize the need for resilient structures, safe rooms will increase in number. Concrete and masonry contractors can benefit from this new awareness as concrete and masonry materials are the most common materials used in these structures. In fact, concrete is at the leading edge of sustainable construction.

Watch Tale of Two Homes, a real life story on how safe rooms save lives.

Expand your Business with Safe Room Construction Luncheon & Forum at World of Concrete 2015, will provide the following learning objectives:

  • Learn the potential size of the resilient construction market area and how to access statistical information on regional markets.
  • Receive updates on the current status of legislative, marketing, and promotion efforts of key national organizations; receive information and resources to include in your company marketing efforts.
  • Review the common concrete construction and masonry construction designs used in safe room construction, including update on the FEMA Guidelines on Safe Room Construction.

Speakers and forum participants for this event will be announced soon.

Register for World of Concrete 2015 and reserve your seat for the [WESRC] Expand your Business with Safe Room Construction Luncheon & Forum for $95, or $65 with the purchase of a Super Pass.

Luncheon Program

Introductions (10 min.)
Hanley Wood/PCA

Safe Room Market Potential (10 min.)
Donn C. Thompson AIA
Director, Market Development
Portland Cement Association

New FEMA P-320 Guide (20 min.)
Omar Kapur
Structural/Civil Engineer

Value of Safe Rooms (15 min.)
Tim Smail, Senior Vice President
Engineering & Technical Programs
Federal Alliance for Safe Homes

Local Safe Room Programs (15 min.)
Pastor Michael Stadie, Program Director
Lutheran Disaster Response

Concrete Safe Room Panel Discussion (30 min.)

Concrete Masonry
Jamie Farny
Market Manager, Buildings
Portland Cement Association

Conventionally Formed
Carl Engelken
COO and Partner
Wall Ties and Forms

Insulating Concrete Forms
Andy Lennox
Vice President Marketing
Logix Insulated Concrete Forms, Ltd.
Chairman, CICFI

Precast Concrete
Donn C. Thompson AIA
Director, Market Development, PCA

Questions (10 min.)