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G287
Safe Rooms and Shelters - CBR Threat Protection

A. Bhatia, B.E.

A safe room is a system of barriers that protects the occupants from the outside environment. Under usual operations, a building does little to protect occupants from external airborne hazards because outside air must be continuously introduced through these openings to provide a comfortable, healthy inside environment. A building can provide substantial protection against agents released outside only if the flow of fresh air is filtered, temporarily interrupted, or reduced, and the building openings are closed or sealed. Interrupting the flow of fresh air by reducing the flow of air through the building openings is the principle applied for safe rooms.

This 3-hour course describes how to add chemical, biological and radiological (CBR) protection capability to a shelter or safe room. It also discusses air filtration, safe room criteria, design requirements, operations and maintenance, commissioning, and training required to operate a shelter or safe room. This course will introduce you to Chapter 3 “CBR Threat Protection” of the FEMA Publication tilted, “Safe Rooms and Shelters” (FEMA 453).

The course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of this FEMA Publication.


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