Storm Shelters


KFC Engineering has extensive experience in the design of FEMA-361-rated and ICC-500-rated storm shelters across Oklahoma.  We have developed a consistent design methodology for safe room construction using various structural systems including reinforced & fully-grouted CMU, cast-in-place concrete, precast concrete, tilt-wall concrete and insulating concrete forms. 

Traditions East Shelter


KFC Engineering conducts Chapter 3 Peer Reviews of storm shelters designed by others in accordance with ICC-500-2008 and ICC-500-2014.


KFC Engineering's staff has comprehensive experience in the qualitative assessment of existing facilities for the purpose of determining Best Available Refuge Areas** based on procedures outlined in FEMA-361, FEMA-P-431 and FEMA-BARA Checklist.

For each facility studied, KFC:

  • Performs a review of available record drawings
  • Conducts on-site visits to confirm construction
  • Observes the surrounding environment to determine potential sources of wind-borne debris
  • Completes FEMA-BARA Checklist to develop qualitative score
  • Identifies areas of concern not covered by checklist
  • Provides a written assessment of recommended refuge areas
  • Provides plans defining the best areas of refuge in the facility assuming a no-run-time scenario and based on client provided occupant count

 ** Best Available Refuge Areas are defined in FEMA P-431: Tornado Protection - Selecting Refuge Area in Buildings as follows:  "The term best available refuge areas refers to areas in an existing building that have been deemed by a qualified architect or engineer to likely offer the greatest safety for building occupants during a tornado.  It is important to note that, because these areas were not specifically designed as tornado safe rooms, their occupants may be injured or killed during a tornado.  However, people in the best available refuge areas are less likely to be injured or killed than people in other areas of a building."


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KFC is a Professional Member of the National Storm Shelter Association.




Structural Engineering Consultants

With over 40 years of experience, KFC Engineering provides structural engineering services to private and public sector clients. Our staff consists of highly trained professionals with over half our designers registered as Professional Engineers. We maintain active licenses in 39 states and design a variety of non-residential buildings in a broad variety of sizes, materials and complexities.

Contact Us

Kirkpatrick Forest Curtis PC
205 N.W. 63rd Street, Suite 390
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73116

(405) 528-4596 Office
(405) 528-4580 Fax