PCA to Showcase Importance of Resilient Building in Wake of Christmas Day Tornado


Birmingham Home and Garden Show to feature protective safe rooms

SKOKIE, Ill. – (RealEstateRama) — In an instant for so many in Birmingham, Christmas Day 2015 turned into a nightmare as residents dealt with the safety of loved ones and lost property following a violent tornado.


Businesses and families can build more resilient structures to stand up to the next storm, and provide a strong shelter to survive any damage from Mother Nature. The Portland Cement Association (PCA) is working with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) at the 2016 Birmingham Home and Garden Show to show residents of the importance of installing a safe room.

“For no more than the cost of a typical bathroom remodel, a concrete safe room is a proven way to keep people safe during a tornado or hurricane,” said Donn Thompson, senior director of market development at PCA. “Typically created as a small, windowless room, safe rooms are completely encapsulated in concrete, providing resiliency and security during a dangerous event.”

A safe room may be incorporated into the construction of a new home or retrofitted into an existing home. The advantage of a safe room over a storm cellar is that the safe room can function year-round as a usable area, such as a bathroom, closet or utility room.

Visit Booth 2406 to learn more about what option could be best for you and your family.


About PCA
PCA has been a widely-recognized authority on the technology, economics, and applications of cement and concrete for 100 years. Representing America’s cement manufacturers, PCA is a vocal advocate for sustainability, economic growth, sound infrastructure investment, and overall innovation and excellence in construction. More information on PCA is available at www.cement.org.

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