The association staff and Major Ogilvie of Block USA partnered with University of Alabama professor Jim Richardson over the past two weeks to design and construct a concrete block safe room. The safe room was displayed yesterday June 13th at FE MA’s Safer Alabama Summit. The Safer Alabama Summit was attended by over 300 city and state officials, FEMA representatives, and media. Governor Bentley opened the program and was followed by speakers discussing the benefits of building safe rooms, often highlighting the strength of concrete.
At the conclusion of the event, the safe room was donated to FEMA who will carry the model around the state to affected areas and additional seminars.
The ACIA is working on developing a website devoted to safe rooms and will be the lead story in the summer issue of ConcreteWorks.