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FAA says Realtors posting drone photos and videos are required to use a Licensed FAA Commercial Drone Pilot

According to DisasterSmart’s CEO  “All of our aerial photography and video is taken by DSCI inspectors who have obtained the required Commercial FAA License. DSCI is in full compliance with FAA regulations and can file flight plans to take aerial photos for commercial use even in restricted flight space.” Avoid potential liability and make sure […]

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New – Become a DisasterSmart Leader

In cooperation with FEMA’ s Building Science Branch, FLASH launched DisasterSmart—Leadership for a Resilient Future. The new education initiative is for leaders seeking to advance disaster resilience by fostering an environment with strong, well-built residential homes as the foundation for community resilience. DISASTER SMART LEADERSHIP

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Fairhope, 6 other local cities top US in home fortification Posted by Jane Nicholes | Dec 7, 2016 | Bay Briefs |

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 […]

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Alabama leads the nation in home mitigation from storms

“We must take precautions well in advance of mighty storms. And, believe it or not, the State of Alabama is on the forefront of home mitigation in America, as we lead the charge of home safety and illustrate to our nation how to build and strengthen homes when it comes to protecting them from powerful […]

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FORTIFIED Resilient Building Standard Increases Home Value

White House Panel Discusses New Study by UA’s Insurance Research Center Posted on August 2, 2016 Under ACIIR News, In the News, Industry News A new study on the resale value of fortified home construction by The University of Alabama’s Insurance Research Center was the topic of discussion today at the White House. The panel […]

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Published on Sep 25, 2013 Members of Sea Grant, Smart Home America and Fortified Homes Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety discuss the benefits of fortified buildings in a resilient community. Fortifying homes can protect them from hurricanes and coastal storms. SEE THE VIDEO

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Alabama’s Move to a FORTIFIED Future

After years of being battered by hurricanes, Alabama needed a new way forward to better withstand these punishing storms. Through the personal commitment of a group of individuals, the use of a proven construction standard, and a healthy dose of legislative resolve, the state is now well on its way toward creating a FORTIFIED future […]

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See what FORTIFIED building is all about

                  Habitat for Humanity Southwest Alabama will be hosting an open house in Mobile, Alabama, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 16, to showcase construction features that make a home stronger against storms. The house, located at 575 E. Felhorn Road in the Hillsdale subdivision, was built […]

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Grand Strand homes receive

Disaster Smart provides the FORTIFIED Evaluation Services for the My Strong Home program in Alabama, South Carolina, and Louisiana. Tuesday, June 23rd 2015, 6:18 pm CDT Tuesday, June 23rd 2015, 9:09 pm CDT By Russel Abad MURRELLS INLET (WMBF) – Ten homes in the Grand Strand are receiving weatherproofing renovations – and it’s not costing the homeowners […]

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IBHS: After Katrina, Roofing Regulations Stronger on Gulf Coast

According to new research by the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety, stronger building codes and standards, along with more stringent requirements for inspections, building permits, and contractor licensing, all have contributed to safer, stronger roofs in coastal Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi, since Katrina tore into the region 10 years ago. “IBHS has excellent […]

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Power User Summit 2016: Disaster Smart

Disaster Smart was a featured speaker at this year’s Zerion Power User Summit. Watch Darius speak about stronger, safer homes and how Disaster Smart leverages technology to educate consumers and provide practical long term solutions to loss of life and property damage resulting from poor construction practices, weak building code enforcement, and a mass migration to […]

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Louisiana program helps protect houses better against hurricanes and storm damage while lowering insurance premiums

                    Disaster Smart, a leader in the development and implementation of solutions to mitigate hurricane and windstorm damage, has been selected to provide the FORTIFIED Evaluation services for the MyStrongHome pilot sites in Alabama, South Carolina, and Louisiana. This is a program that advances loans to […]

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Instead of Selling “Resilience,” Try Offering Homeowners a New Roof

  BY JEN KINNEY | NOVEMBER 13, 2015 A retrofitted home in Mobile, Alabama (Credit: MyStrongHome) As a native of Mobile, Alabama, Jerryln London has lived through her share of hurricanes, including some memorable ones: Camille in ’65, Frederick in ’79 and Katrina in ’05. “I refer to life before and after Katrina,” she says. […]

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Industry News

FAA says Realtors posting drone photos and videos are required to use a Licensed FAA Commercial Drone Pilot

According to DisasterSmart’s CEO  “All of our aerial photography and video is taken by DSCI inspectors who have obtained the required Commercial FAA License. DSCI is in full compliance with FAA regulations and can file flight plans to take aerial photos for commercial use even in restricted flight space.” Avoid potential liability and make sure […]

Read More

New – Become a DisasterSmart Leader

In cooperation with FEMA’ s Building Science Branch, FLASH launched DisasterSmart—Leadership for a Resilient Future. The new education initiative is for leaders seeking to advance disaster resilience by fostering an environment with strong, well-built residential homes as the foundation for community resilience. DISASTER SMART LEADERSHIP

Read More

Fairhope, 6 other local cities top US in home fortification Posted by Jane Nicholes | Dec 7, 2016 | Bay Briefs |

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 […]

Read More

Alabama leads the nation in home mitigation from storms

“We must take precautions well in advance of mighty storms. And, believe it or not, the State of Alabama is on the forefront of home mitigation in America, as we lead the charge of home safety and illustrate to our nation how to build and strengthen homes when it comes to protecting them from powerful […]

Read More

FORTIFIED Resilient Building Standard Increases Home Value

White House Panel Discusses New Study by UA’s Insurance Research Center Posted on August 2, 2016 Under ACIIR News, In the News, Industry News A new study on the resale value of fortified home construction by The University of Alabama’s Insurance Research Center was the topic of discussion today at the White House. The panel […]

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Published on Sep 25, 2013 Members of Sea Grant, Smart Home America and Fortified Homes Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety discuss the benefits of fortified buildings in a resilient community. Fortifying homes can protect them from hurricanes and coastal storms. SEE THE VIDEO

Read More

Alabama’s Move to a FORTIFIED Future

After years of being battered by hurricanes, Alabama needed a new way forward to better withstand these punishing storms. Through the personal commitment of a group of individuals, the use of a proven construction standard, and a healthy dose of legislative resolve, the state is now well on its way toward creating a FORTIFIED future […]

Read More

See what FORTIFIED building is all about

                  Habitat for Humanity Southwest Alabama will be hosting an open house in Mobile, Alabama, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 16, to showcase construction features that make a home stronger against storms. The house, located at 575 E. Felhorn Road in the Hillsdale subdivision, was built […]

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Grand Strand homes receive

Disaster Smart provides the FORTIFIED Evaluation Services for the My Strong Home program in Alabama, South Carolina, and Louisiana. Tuesday, June 23rd 2015, 6:18 pm CDT Tuesday, June 23rd 2015, 9:09 pm CDT By Russel Abad MURRELLS INLET (WMBF) – Ten homes in the Grand Strand are receiving weatherproofing renovations – and it’s not costing the homeowners […]

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IBHS: After Katrina, Roofing Regulations Stronger on Gulf Coast

According to new research by the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety, stronger building codes and standards, along with more stringent requirements for inspections, building permits, and contractor licensing, all have contributed to safer, stronger roofs in coastal Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi, since Katrina tore into the region 10 years ago. “IBHS has excellent […]

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Power User Summit 2016: Disaster Smart

Disaster Smart was a featured speaker at this year’s Zerion Power User Summit. Watch Darius speak about stronger, safer homes and how Disaster Smart leverages technology to educate consumers and provide practical long term solutions to loss of life and property damage resulting from poor construction practices, weak building code enforcement, and a mass migration to […]

Read More

Louisiana program helps protect houses better against hurricanes and storm damage while lowering insurance premiums

                    Disaster Smart, a leader in the development and implementation of solutions to mitigate hurricane and windstorm damage, has been selected to provide the FORTIFIED Evaluation services for the MyStrongHome pilot sites in Alabama, South Carolina, and Louisiana. This is a program that advances loans to […]

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Hurricane Alex: Strongest Atlantic Winter Hurricane on Record

Update [Wednesday January 13, 2016 at 5 pm AST] Sub-Tropical Storm Alex has formed in the East Atlantic.  As discussed below, Alex is only the second-known storm to form during the month of January in the 174-year database (1842-present). Previous Discussion about Alex and Winter Tropical Storm Stats At 2 pm EST on January 12, […]

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FORTIFIED-Wise Training Coming to Coastal Alabama in April

FORTIFIED-Wise Training Coming to Coastal Alabama Did you know Alabama and Mississippi are leading the nation in FORTIFIED designated homes? Come join realtors, builders, insurance agents, roofers, and many other professionals for FORTIFIED-Wise™ training in Spanish Fort, AL this April to learn about the FORTIFIED Home™ building standards program that is already strengthening coastal communities. Learn More! Demand […]

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