FEMA Mitigation Best Practices: Home Elevation Proved Successful After Tropical Storm Isabel   [open pdf - 102KB]

Alternate Title: Home Elevation Proved Successful After Tropical Storm Isabel

"Ray and Caroline Warehime bought their waterfront property in the early 1990s with the plan of building a home for relaxation and future retirement. As they spent more time on the property and began to develop their building plans, they became acquainted with Nick Lyons, the Building Codes Administrator for Dorchester County. Through Lyons, they learned about the hazards that the location was at high risk for, notably hurricanes and flood. As a result, they made the informed decision to build to FEMA hurricane standards. Building of the house began in 1993 and was completed in 1998. Ray Warehime designed the building, and together with Lyons monitored the building process step by step to insure that recommended codes and standards were incorporated correctly. The footer was sunk into the ground and the building was elevated 4 feet up (six cinderblocks above ground) above the base flood elevation (BFE). The foundation is bolted to the footer, threaded rods are through each block, fastened to steel plates, fastened to studs and the roof trusses secured with hurricane ties and clips. Warehime chose to use plywood for the siding rather than particleboard. The siding is nailed every twelve inches, which creates a stronger resistance to wind and pressure. Additionally, the roof is strapped to the foundation at all corners. " 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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