Minneapolis tornado: Cost casts a cloud over safe room's benefits

  • Article by: BILL McAULIFFE , Star Tribune
  • Updated: May 23, 2012 - 2:12 PM

Even after last year's tornado, Minnesota has yet to embrace the pricey protection, especially with basements so common.

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rhankinsMay. 22, 12 8:35 PM

There are much less expensive things one can do to lower one's risk of death than safe rooms. However, those threats might not be as scary as a tornado.

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windtalkerMay. 22, 12 9:59 PM

This is a stupid header: How many folks have $4-8K sitting around to construct a Twister shelter? Kind of like building a bomb shelter, perhaps a little rational sense/actuarial table analysis like "What is the probability" that a F1+ twister will strike 46th and DuPont Ave. South would be in order! Come on S&T, we are older than grade 8, give us some respect!

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davehougMay. 22, 1210:18 PM

The new high school, scheduled to open in September, will include a free-standing safe room that can hold 1,100 people -- more than one-fourth the city's population -- during a storm and serve as a gymnasium at other times - - and how much warning time does it take to move 1/4 of the town???

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jarlmnMay. 22, 1211:39 PM

Much easier to collect money from the insurance company and to sue the government for "wrongful" whatever because they failed to issue timely warnings .... that the homeowner would ignore anyway.

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StarquestMay. 23, 1212:01 AM

Tornadoes are statistically very rare; thankfully the article alludes to this. Moreover, the one person killed in the Minneapolis tornado last year had a tree fall on his car -- whilst he was inside the car. A safe room wouldn't have saved him.

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parker0910May. 23, 12 2:00 AM

@jarlmn. Maybe people would pay more attention if they didnt sound sirens for every little storm that passes through. There is no standard, in the county I live in they activate the alarm sirens for thunderstorms. There was no severe thunderstorm, tornado warning or watch, just a run of the mill thunderstorm.

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swschradMay. 23, 1210:28 AM

we had overcut notches in our basement stairs, so when we redid the place, we put in reinforcements sistered with nails and adhesive to the stringers. changed out the scuzwood treads for 5/4 oak. reinforced the header to the floor above with 2x12. put some plywood over the stud wall and replace the firebreak sheetrock, and we've got a safe space for a few hundred bucks. I've put a saw and a 2-1/2 pound cross pein hammer in there in case it ever gets successfully used to allow escape.

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ibnnnews2May. 23, 12 8:05 PM

The Strib said, "Safe rooms are reinforced interior spaces designed to offer even more protection from tornadoes and hurricanes than basements do." You forgot to add bullets.

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