Western Resiliency Center Saferoom


The purpose of this Scope of Work is Code-Plus hardening, and a safe room designed to FEMA P-361 standards for the Western Resiliency Center in Panama City Beach, Bay County, Florida, funded through the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) DR-4399-133-R, as approved by the Florida Division of Emergency Management (Division) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).


As a Hazard Mitigation Grant Program project, the Sub-Recipient proposes code plus wind protection and a safe room at the Western Resiliency Center located at 50 Chip Seal Parkway, Panama City Beach, Bay County, Florida 32407. 

The scope is for Phase I only, which includes but is not limited to surveying, engineering, designing, plans preparation, permitting, and bidding for the proposed project, for Phase II approval. No construction activities for this project have been approved. 

When completed, the Sub-Recipient shall provide the necessary information in the Phase I deliverables for the Phase II review of the following proposed activities. 

Phase II's proposed scope of work shall include designing and constructing a new building above code that shall withstand wind speeds of up to 200 MPH. The building shall also be elevated above code requirements to protect from the 500-year flood event. The proposal shall include all activities necessary to protect the entire building envelope. The building shall include an internal hurricane safe room for 60 personnel designed to meet FEMA P-361 requirements for 200 MPH winds, to provide nearly absolute protection for a minimum of 24 hours to first responders. 

In addition, the County shall purchase and install a 1,000-kW generator, or the adequate size determined by the vendor and/or an electrical engineer during the bid process to appropriately support the critical utility. The project also includes the installation of an Automatic Transfer Switch and fuel tank. 

The project shall be designed to provide protection against 200 MPH winds, exceeding the wind speed required for the area per Florida Building Code. Wind protection shall be provided on any other opening such as vents, louvers, and exhaust fans. 

For the internal safe room construction, the project shall be designed by the criteria contained in the standards of the Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency guidance manual FEMA P-361 Design and Construction for Community Safe Room, to provide “near-absolute protection”. 

All safe room activities and installations shall be in strict compliance with the FEMA P-361 specifications, and all materials shall be certified to meet wind and impact standards. The local municipal or county building department shall inspect and certify installation according to the manufacturer's specifications. 

The generator shall be protected against a 500-year flood event by implementing specific activities or by locating the generator outside the Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA) and shall be protected against wind damage.  


PHASE 1- DESIGN                           

Phase I Deliverables to DEM                        December 31, 2023

Waiting on FEMA Approval


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