Home builders in the Midwest are going to want to take a long, hard look at the Tornado House designed by Hong Kong group 10 Design.
The way the Tornado House seeks to survive the howling winds and destructive debris carried by a tornado is by burrowing underground. The house can descend into the group in a matter of seconds using hydraulic lifts. Once the living unit is underground, the roof of the house locks to provide added protection. The roof covering is made of transparent Kevlar, which allows light in and keeps debris and rain out.
Ted Givens, one of the brains behind the Tornado House, envisions an entire community of these houses connected to a series of storm sensors. The design seems a little too futuristic for today's technology, but it is still something that should be considered by tornado-prone communities. The cost of continual rebuilding is probably more than what it would cost to build a tornado-proof community of homes.