Severe weather, in the form of tornadoes and hurricanes, have taken a tremendous toll on the United States and it has become increasingly difficult to understand and keep up with changing federal, state and local code requirements. This page helps simplify these weather-related challenges and requirements and provides resources to help.
Requirements and details vary state to state so please contact your local Allegion representative to discuss the appropriate solution for your needs or call 877-671-7011 to get connected with someone in your area.
Learn more about specific codes and requirements related to severe weather.
Securing an opening for extreme weather events requires a variety of products, all designed to withstand these events. Allegion has security and architectural consultants across the country and around the world.
The purpose of a storm shelter is to provide a safe location for building occupants and community members during a hurricane or tornado. The IBC defines a storm shelter as a building or structure that is constructed in accordance with ICC 500 and designated for use during severe windstorm events.
Specifically designed for wind and impact hurricane zones, hurricane doors are specially designed to withstand the high winds and flying debris associated with hurricanes. These products come in multiple core options for improved thermal performance or for additional steel reinforcements.
Many doors that are specifically designed for tornadoes have a steel-stiffened core. These doors need to be paired with a multi-point lock or weather rated exit device as an assembly. These assemblies can withstand 250 mph windspeeds and multiple 15 lb projectile impacts at 100 mph.
Multi-point locks secure the door at three points – top, bottom, and the traditional center latch location – resulting in an assembly that is exceptionally strong and can withstand tremendous abuse.
For areas where panic hardware is required by code for expedited egress, exit devices can be used to both manage the area and provide safety during storms. The exact panic hardware solution depends on the requirements of that application.