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According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, over one half of the United States is subject to damaging winds and tornados. The safest place during a tornado is in a storm shelter.

FEMA Facts:

  • Damage paths from tornadoes can be in excess of one mile wide and 50 miles long.
  • Tornadoes can accompany hurricanes and tropical storms as they move onto land.
  • Tornadoes are more likely to occur between 3 pm and 9 pm.

FEMA’s post storm inspection of hundreds of homes in more than 90 towns and cities struck by severe weather storms revealed that storm shelters afford “near absolute protection against a 250 mph tornado.  FEMA concluded that the 250 mph wind zone rating covers 99.7% of all tornadoes that have been studied in the last 50 years.

FEMA 320 & 361 Extreme Wind guidelines for safe room design and construction states:  Shelters designed and constructed in accordance with the guidance presented provide “near absolute protection” from extreme-wind events.  Near-absolute protection means that, based on our knowledge of tornadoes and hurricanes, the occupants of a shelter built according to this guidance will be protected from injury or death.  The term “safe room” applies to all shelters, buildings, or spaces designed to the FEMA criteria whether for individuals, residences, small businesses, schools, or communities).

To accommodate the pressing need for alternative, cost-effective, high-performance, low-maintenance  “safe room”  designs, ACTS CSI is unveiling newly engineered “above” and “below” ground severe weather storm shelters using CerarMix™ technologies. Shelters will offer similar features and benefits uniquely associated with CerarMix™  transportable structures.

July EPA Regulations

ACTS CSI is aware of the new EPA regulations effective July, 1, 2014, with regard to the federal mandate to lower bacteria and pathogens in the water and sewer systems of cities throughout the United States. It appears the cheapest alternative to satisfy the mandate is increased amounts of chlorine mechanically introduced into the water to lower the bacteria count.

The increased chlorine levels are causing greater chloride attacks which are deteriorating even stainless steel tanks, as well as the surrounding basic concrete infrastructure of the the facilities. CerarMix™ coatings are currently being tested for the increase in use of chlorine, and initial results appear to show resistance to the corrosion for both stainless steel and concrete. More to be posted upon completion of testing.

Rehabbing Deteriorated Manholes

CerarMix™ is currently being used in several projects rehabbing deteriorated manholes for municipal, state, and industrial use. Operation of the patented AlphaSpray™ plasma spraying system and application of the formulated polymer metallic-ceramic, Cerarmix™, coating are being done by CerarMix-certified contractors.