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David, a recent bid by the City of New York for off-site storage of records specified the following:

[section] 6.10.9. The records storage facility shall be designed and constructed to resist damage from natural disasters, such as earthquakes and destructive weather. For example:
. Up to 5.9 on the Richter local magnitude M L scale for earthquakes;
. A category 3 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Damage Intensity Scale;
. A category EF2 tornado on the Enhanced Fujita Scale.

Best regards,

Fred
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Subject: Re: Offsite Records Storage

I was on the committee that wrote the guidelines.  Interestingly, I have been trying to find any kind of standard regarding wind ratings for offsite records storage facilities.  These are not in the guidelines.  Put simply, could the facility survive tornadic winds?  (Or hurricane if you operate in areas prone to those storms.)  We did not consider this question in our committee.  A definite oversight!

It is difficult to expect any storage facility, other than a cave, to withstand a direct hit from a tornado of F3 or higher without some level of damage.  But the roof should not lack integrity for winds outside of a direct hit.  Not sure what the equivalent would be for a hurricane.  Does anyone know where I can find information on minimum requirements for a roof to withstand pressures such as I described?  I have located the standard requirements, but nothing more descriptive of what should be in place for a records facility.


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