Cyclone Shelter - StormSAFE

The StormSAFE Cyclone Shelter for extreme weather conditions has been built to comply with the Australian Building Code’s ‘Region D Rating’ for tropical cyclones, and the Australian & New Zealand Standard AS/NZ1170.2, with a Building Code of Australia Importance Level of 4. The StormSAFE Cyclone Shelter has been engineered to withstand wind speeds in excess of 300km/hr and can be used to shelter personnel from cyclones, hurricanes and other extreme weather scenarios.

The StormSAFE Cyclone Shelter features a fully portable, modular design; comprising either stand alone, above-ground shelters or a series of individual units that bolt together, creating a single internal environment. The design allows for easy disassembly and relocation as required.

Cyclone Shelter – Front View

MineARC Engineers have utilised flow simulation software to accurately analyse the flow path of cyclonic wind from all directions acting on the StormSAFE Cyclone Shelter. By determining the areas of positive and negative pressures caused by air passing over the geometry, our engineers were able to develop a chamber design that is both stable and self-weighting, whilst also remaining easily transportable. FEA structural analyses have been conducted to determine the maximum deflection of the StormSAFE shelter, ensuring the impact energy of flying debris during a cyclone will not allow the shell to yield.

The StormSAFE’s AS 2428.1/2 compliant ventilation system provides effective, natural air flow, whilst ensuring optimal protection in even the most extreme weather conditions.

5mm (2/16″) steel construction for Region D rating.

Safety and operational signage in reflective stickering for high visibility. Translation into a second language available.

Outward opening sealing door, featuring double locking rotating handles. Multiple entry ways into chamber.

Extra low voltage green and red LED lighting, and 112 DBA motion activated siren to allow for easy identification of the refuge chamber.

Bolt together modular units for ease of transport.

12mm porthole viewing window, compliant with Australian Standard 2208. Blast shield protection available upon request.

AS 2428.1/2 compliant ventilation system to provide effective, natural air flow.

Cyclone Shelter - Interior View

The StormSAFE Cyclone Shelter can include dormitory modules with triple bunk-style bedding, ideal for scenarios in which personnel are taking shelter for long periods of time.

Modules can also be configured to contain a kitchenette and mess hall facilities, as well as all necessary control and communication systems. Other modules incorporate recreation amenities and ablutions, utilising MineARC’s award winning EnviroLAV technology as an option.

8watt fluorescent interior lighting is featured within the chamber.

To maintain a comfortable ambient temperature for extended durations.

All necessary communication and electrical connections for a prolonged refuge period, including UPS battery backup.

Basic food preparation facilities, including a stainless steel sink, storage, and power access for additional amenities.

EnviroLAV toilet system, available in either single-sex or uni-sex. Includes hand-basin and wall mounted EnviroWASH soap dispenser.

Water and oil repellent carpeting.

Dormitory modules, featuring triple bunk-style bedding, ideal for extended refuge. Mattresses included.

Mess-hall area for general use, including tables and seating. Optional LCD TV screens available.

Instructional signage is located on the walls of the cyclone shelter. Signage can be translated into a second language.