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Sarah Lozanova

Sarah Lozanova is a freelance energy and environmental writer based in Belfast Cohousing & Ecovillage. She holds an MBA in Sustainable Management from Presidio Graduate School in Alameda, Calif. More information may be found at www.sarahlozanova.com.
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Key to Resilience: Storm-Proofing

Posted by Sarah Lozanova

Nov 4, 2014 12:45:00 PM

EVEN SUPREMELY WELL-BUILT structures are vulnerable in the face of hurricanes and tornadoes. If a home is located in the storm-prone area, The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) recommends storm shelters—FEMA calls them “safe rooms”—be designed into new homes or retrofitted into existing ones. Safe rooms can be located in basements, garages or in interior rooms of new homes or small business buildings. Exterior safe rooms can either be buried underground or attached to an existing building.

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Key to Resilience: Strength

Posted by Sarah Lozanova

Oct 30, 2014 5:52:00 PM

THOUGH MOST HOMES have been designed to withstand vertical loads, many have not been built to deal with the lateral and uplifting forces caused by earthquakes and high winds. These forces can cause structures to rack or twist, or to slide off of or lift up from their foundations.

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