ReproTech Ltd, the leading cryobank specializing in long-term storage of human reproductive tissue (sperm, eggs, embryos and ovarian and testicular tissue), relocated its Florida cryostorage facility, and added an F-5 Safe Room in preparation for the upcoming Hurricane Season. 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 is the only storage facility in the country to go through the expense of installing an F-5 Safe Room as a Hurricane Shelter for the safe keeping of clients' specimens.
According to Robert Taylor, President of F-5 Storm Shelters,“This is the first order for a customized shelter for use in this type of operation. We’re flattered to have been selected by ReproTech, Ltd for such a build and are confident in the design and integrity of the shelter’s ability to protect their clients’ specimens during a storm.”
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 Hurricane 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. A video demonstration of an F-5 Storm Shelter may be viewed on YouTube.com.
ReproTech Ltd (reprotech.com), the leading long-term cryostorage facility for reproductive tissues, has been providing its services since 1990 and operates the Fertility Preservation Network. This Network provides Auto Transfer Management services, which eliminate the risks of storing abandoned specimens for Network members as they provide Fertility Preservation services for their clients. ReproTech, Ltd. operates regional cryostorage facilities in Florida, Minnesota, Nevada, and opening in Summer 2012 in Dallas, Texas. More information on Reprotech is available online or 888-953-9669.