Stronger homes hold up in hurricanes
June 24, 2009
By Vanessa Paris
(Top) Before Hurricane Ike was even named, homes in Audubon Village, Texas, were built to the Fortified standard.
(Bottom) After Hurricane Ike, the Fortified … for safer living® homes were still standing, while others were not.
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When Hurricane Ike hit the Texas Gulf Coast last fall, it destroyed most of the Bolivar Peninsula and devastated the coastal town of Gilchrist.
Less than two miles away in Audubon Village, though, many of the homes were still standing.
Coincidence? No way. These were Fortified … for safer living® homes.
“Building more durable homes not only benefits the homeowner but also the community and the nation,” says Tim Reinhold, senior vice president of research and chief engineer for the Institute for Business & Home Safety.
“The losses, when you do get a storm coming through, eventually get passed back to homeowners,” he says. “Somebody’s paying for all the losses that are occurring.”
But when a home can withstand a disaster with little or no damage, the recovery process is quicker, easier and less costly for everyone.
Vanessa Weibler Paris is a senior brand communications specialist at Erie Insurance.