Use of Auditorium as Shelter

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Wed Feb 06, 2019 1:19 am

Hey guys!

I was thinking over tornado safety procedures at my school. I realized that they use the auditorium and stage as designated shelters for the fine arts wing of the school.

That got me thinking - is it possible to design an auditorium (seating about 600 persons) to effectively shelter a large group of people at once? They should have thought about that in their plans - otherwise they could be in serious trouble since severe weather is a common occurrence in my area.
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Wed Feb 06, 2019 6:35 pm

Generally you avoid areas with large ceiling spans, like gyms or auditoriums. It's a pretty weak point in the grand scope of things.
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Sun Feb 10, 2019 11:10 pm

Most certainly not a good idea. This is a security camera clip from the 2012 Henryville, Indiana F4 tornado. Id imagine something similar would happen during an earthquake.
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Wed Feb 13, 2019 5:51 pm

Yeah that definitely is a lot of damage.
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