To help combat the alarming increase in natural disasters and protect human lives against deadly winds, flying projectiles and fire, CornellCookson has developed the StormDefender™ Door. This advanced rolling steel door is designed specifically for safe room protection against life-threatening tornados and hurricanes. The StormDefender Door is tested and certified to ICC500-2014 and FEMA P-361 standards. The fire-rated version of this specialty door meets UL10B and UL1784 standards – adding to its life safety credentials.
Its sleek design also allows for installation right into the precast concrete, embedding it into the infrastructure of the building, all while providing protection against high-speed projectiles and wind pressure of up to 250 psf. (pounds per square foot). And, occupants do not have to do anything else to secure the doors after activation – they’re locked and ready to defend as soon as they’re down.
A Failsafe Design
StormDefender utilizes CornellCookson’s award winning AlarmGard® Closing System. Its failsafe operation provides building occupants with automatic safe room protection in a variety of extreme weather events. When these life-threatening situations occur, the integrated release device allows doors to close safely without loss of door spring tension – providing maximum protection.
In the event a storm knocks out the power, the door can automatically close its 4” tall 12-gauge slats if desired. These heavy-duty slats are held in the guides with specialized wind locks keeping them in the guides even in the strongest of winds. In addition, sound deadening end locks reduce noise during operation.
This advanced system does not require human interaction after the alarm is cleared as it will reset and reopen automatically. AlarmGard’s compact design makes StormDefender ideal for applications where there is minimal wall clearance, or where design requirements dictate the need to hide the coil box into ceiling construction.