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Building to Resist Heavy Storms

New products and building techniques can give a house a fighting chance when extreme storms hit land.

Follow this Red Cross checklist if your home is threatened by a hurricane. Click image to download.redcrosshurricane



Information you need to design, build and prepare homes for extreme weather and natural disasters.

Details:  Wood Framing Tie Downs

  • Hurricane Ready Detail 1

    Lateral Strength. Brackets can add lateral strength to resist wind near key areas above rim joists.

  • lateral hurricane bracing

    No Toe Nails. Follow the manufacturers recommendations for number of nails to use in thes fasteners,

  • stud to plate tie down

    Header Reinforcement. Hurricane straps should completely cross headers to avoid leaving weak points in wall assemblies. (FEMA)

  • wall to foundation tie down

    Key Connection. Properly spaced steel tie-downs embedded in the slab or foundation wall should be a familiar detail to most builders.. (FEMA) (Download this and other free disaster guides HERE)

caulking soffitsPRO TIP: Soffits often become an entry point for windblown rain in a storm. Caulk them in place by squeezing the caulk into the v groove where it connects with the building. In this photo, black caulk is shown simply to illustrate the caulking placement. More Info.

The Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH®) meets with Mississippi Builder John Price of Sapphire Homes to learn how using a ZIP System® sheathing and tape sealed roof deck helps me national resilient home standards for FORTIFIED Home™.

A safe-room built with Amvic ICF offers resistance to winds over 200 MPH; that’s equivalent to an EF-5 tornado. A house built with Amvic ICF offers the same protection. That’s right; your home, built with Amvic ICF, can withstand an EF-5 tornado.

PYLOX Plywood Clips. THESE SIMPLE CLIPS keep window-protecting plywood from blowing out in extreme winds. Order Plylox Windstorm Window Clips online.plyloxclip