As the Alabama coast observes the quiet passage of another hurricane season, more homes are being built to better withstand the Next Big One.
At last count, 2,635 homes in Alabama now meet the standard of “fortified,” the designation of an Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety program that establishes storm-resistant construction standards. Alabama has by far the largest number of fortified homes in the country, making up 70 percent of the total. The top seven cities, led by Fairhope, are in Baldwin and Mobile counties.
Fairhope is No. 1 with 542 total fortified homes. Daphne ranks second with 401, followed by Mobile, Foley, Gulf Shores, Spanish Fort and Semmes.