In 2011 ReproTech installed a Category 5 Hurricane Safe Room in its Florida cryostorage center. The Safe Room, designed by structural engineers, is manufactured by F-5 Storm Shelters & Safe Rooms. A Category 5 Hurricane Safe Room can sustain winds greater than 155 miles per hour. F-5’s Safe Room is designed and certified to withstand 330 miles per hour winds, and exceeds all of the F.E.M.A. guidelines as an F-5 Tornado Safe Room.
ReproTech also installed a disaster shelter in its Minnesota cryostorage center in 2013, and plans to install disaster shelters in its Nevada and Texas facilities in 2014 and 2015. ReproTech remains the only storage facility in the country to have taken the measure of installing disaster shelters for the safe keeping of clients' reproductive tissue.
ReproTech’s location in South Florida was selected to be close to its clients, but in doing so, does put it the possible path of a hurricane and subsequent flooding. In an attempt to significantly limit the risk, ReproTech installed the disaster shelter. However, that is only part of the solution. Safety from flooding is also a necessity. Therefore the exact location in south Florida was selected due to it being located outside the 500 year flood plain, meaning it has less than a 1/5 of 1% chance of flooding in any given year. While a 100% chance of not flooding would be desired, this is not possible in all of Florida (in fact, not possible in most of the U.S.). The 99.8% certainty of not flooding, both from a typical type of flood and being out of the area impacted by Category 5 Hurricane Storm surges, combined with the F-5 Storm Shelter, provides tremendous peace of mind.
As an industry leader in long term storage, ReproTech continues to aggressively explore systems, procedures and equipment that will ensure the continued safety of the specimens its clients have entrusted to them.