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DIAGRAM: What you need to know to plan your safe room

May 22, 2012 | 6:00 a.m. CDT
A safe room is a reinforced, usually concrete, room designed to withstand debris picked up by extreme weather conditions. Although the price for one can easily go above $8,000, Missouri is a high-risk area, so FEMA
recommends that residents invest in one. Here are safe rooms set into three different types of homes. A safe room should be stocked with an emergency kit, which should have nonperishable foods, bedding, a first aid kit, a flashlight, a battery powered radio, batteries, extra clothes and several gallons of water.

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