Engineering Innovation Podcast and Radio Series

Wind Shield

PostedSeptember 10, 2004

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If your home is in the path of a hurricane, the ideal is to stay there unless there's a danger of flooding.  That way you're not vulnerable in a car, and you can quickly patch damage to your house before more rain pours in.  Problem is, most of us don't trust our houses to protect us during the extreme winds of a strong hurricane or a tornado.  Building a fully reinforced fortress for such rare events isn't worth the expense.  So Texas Tech engineer Kishor Mehta is designing economical safe rooms that would stay intact, even if the rest of your house blows down.  He thinks every house should have one—especially in Florida.  With the National Academy of Engineering, Randy Atkins, WTOP Radio