Why Build a Fortified Home™?
In short, because it works. IBHS created the FORTIFIED Home™ program to help strengthen homes from hurricanes, high winds, hail, and severe thunderstorms. IBHS FORTIFIED goes beyond emergency preparedness and disaster preparedness to give homeowners peace of mind that comes from knowing their home has been FORTIFIED to offer disaster protection.
Hurricane Ike vs. FORTIFIED
When Hurricane Ike slammed into the Bolivar Peninsula in 2008, a 27-mile-long barrier island north of Galveston, Texas, it devastated most of the homes with pounding storm surge and heavy rains. When the storm clouds cleared, 10 homes built to the IBHS FORTIFIED for Safer Living® standard were among the last houses standing. Upon closer inspection, IBHS engineers found they survived with little damage and performed as was intended under the fury of this powerful hurricane. Get the full story on these astonishing results by downloading the Engineer's full report, Taking on Hurricane Ike.