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Old 11-19-2006, 11:08 PM
 
Location: Heartland Florida
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Tallahassee is a pretty safe place, I don't think it has ever been hit with a powerful hurricane. Really if you can avoid the storm surge anywhere is safe in the right building. It's the water that kills more people than the wind. You can look at the construction of hurricane shelters for ideas on how to build, and especially the national hurricane center which is concrete of course. I am debating what is worse a cat 3+ hurricane or dealing with tornadoes. An F5 twister makes a hurricane look like a joke. Good thing the tornado's target is a lot smaller. here in the Keys a lot of homes are built on landfill, so I can see a lot of foundations washing out in a big storm. Also most bridges sit on concrete beams held down by gravity only. A storm could easily wipe them out making the islands inaccessible.
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Old 11-20-2006, 01:56 PM
 
Location: TAMPA
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Tampa, New Port Richey,
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Old 11-21-2006, 04:13 PM
 
Location: Spring Hill, Florida
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Spring Hill in Hernando County
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Old 11-21-2006, 09:21 PM
 
Location: Living in Paradise
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Interesting article on safe room for hurricanes...

Since most homes in Florida do not have basements, a "safe room" is usually a small, interior area of your home. It may be a bathroom or walk-in closet, preferably away from windows or exterior doors. In a two-story house, according the the University of Florida, "the strongest wall is often a closet or cubicle near a stairwell on the ground floor." Remember that the room you choose should be able to accommodate your entire family, even if it is a tight fit.
Although some builders are adding "safe rooms" to new construction or homeowners are retrofitting their homes to include "safe rooms" built to withstand high winds, the cost — estimated $2500 to $6000 — is prohibitive to most homeowners. Still, if you're interested in building a "safe room" it is important to educate yourself. HGTVpro.com's What Makes a Safe Room Safe? lists three important factors to consider when building a "safe room."
Of course, if you live in a mobile or manufactured home or flood-prone area, the safest place may not be in your own home at all. It means that you may have to evacuate to a safe place within your community or a neighboring community — either a friend's or relative's house, a hotel or public shelter.

http://goflorida.about.com/b/a/257529.htm
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Old 11-21-2006, 09:44 PM
 
Location: Heartland Florida
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I just made the whole house the "safe room".
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Old 11-21-2006, 10:23 PM
 
Location: Living in Paradise
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I just made the whole house the "safe room".
Post a picture, curious to see your paradise...
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Old 11-22-2006, 10:42 AM
 
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No place is 100% safe from hurricanes. When Charley hit in 2004, it tore up downtown Orlando pretty good, and it made landfall maybe 150 miles away. If the storm is strong and is moving fast, it can make life miserable for you wherever you are. If a 3 or a 4 is making landfall where you are, GET OUT!
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Old 11-22-2006, 11:13 AM
 
Location: Florida
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Could you please advise what would be a pretty safe area from hurricanes, I was looking at the different areas.
Have you tried North Dakota?

Seriously, hurricanes travel all the way up the coast of the US
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