FEMA Mitigation Best Practices: Affordable Housing Engineered to 160 mph Winds   [open pdf - 42KB]

"The Federal Emergency Management Agency Best Practices Portfolio consists of mitigation stories submitted by individuals and communities that describe measures they have taken to reduce the loss of life and property from disasters. These Best Practices are meant to provide ideas and concepts about reducing losses and to encourage others to evaluate their own risk and consider mitigation as a long-term solution to reducing that risk." [...] "The Otero brothers of Port Charlotte, Florida survived the widespread devastation of Hurricane Andrew in 1992 only to see similar damage when Hurricane Charley came through Charlotte County in the summer of 2004. Witnessing the extensive debris from homes destroyed by the hurricane, Osvaldo and Yhovanni Otero decided to put their business and contracting skills to work to build stronger homes "" ones the average working family could afford. The Oteros knew that homes built to the 2004 Florida Building Code for only 130 mph winds averaged in excess of $250,000 in southwest Florida. Since Hurricane Charley made landfall with sustained winds in excess of 145 mph, the Oteros resolved to build homes priced under $200,000 that were able to withstand 160 mph winds. The brothers commissioned plans for the homes. They hired an engineering firm to review and certify the designs to the higher wind loads." This and other individual FEMA Best Practices documents are also combined in "Mitigation Best Practices: Public and Private Sector Best Practice Stories for All Activity/Project Types in All States and Territories Relating to All Hazards [August 10, 2011]," which can be accessed at the following link: [https://www.hsdl.org/?abstract&did=683132]

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