There has been a lot of information in the news about Hurricane Florence, which is expected to hit the east coast as we speak. Although the hurricane has been downgraded, there are still wind speeds expected in excess of 100 mph.
I recently saw a video from the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS), demonstrating wind loading on a standard home and one built to “Fortified” standards. “IBHS created the FORTIFIED Home™ program to help strengthen homes from hurricanes, high winds, hail, and severe thunderstorms. ”
According to the IBHS website (https://disastersafety.org/about/)
“The Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS) is an independent, nonprofit, scientific research and communications organization supported solely by property insurers and reinsurers. IBHS’ building safety research leads to real-world solutions for home and business owners, helping to create more resilient communities.
Built in 2010, the IBHS Research Center is a state-of-the-art research facility located on a 90 acre parcel of land in Chester County, South Carolina (approximately 45 minutes south of the Charlotte airport). This unique facility will significantly advance building science by enabling researchers to more fully and accurately evaluate various residential and commercial construction materials and systems.”
Hopefully there are homes within the path of Hurricane Florence that are built to withstand hurricane forces.