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Renovations for a more hurricane-resistant home

“Here is another news story by our local station, NBC 15, on how to strengthen existing homes to FORTIFIED standard.  This is something every homeowner should look into as it also saves money on your homeowners insurance policy.”  For more details ….

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Building to survive the big one: Affordable hurricane-resistant homes

“Our local news station NBC 15 did a story on building to the Fortified standard and how this could of help saved some of the homes in Mexico Beach.  I think you will find this news story very interesting.”   NBC 15 News Story

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What Insurance Agents Wish You Knew About Keeping Your Home Safe

“Experts suggest completing a few key maintenance tasks, such as ensuring your smoke alarms are working and installing an automatic water shut-off device.  This U.S. News & World Report article will share some items about keeping your home safe!” Click here to read the full article

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Building Up to Code: A Lone House in the Florida Panhandle Highlights That’s No Longer Enough

Photo:  AP After Hurricane Michael’s devastation, experts say building codes should be a starting point, not the end goal for home construction. “When rebuilding your home it is the perfect time to ask your builder how much additional cost would there be if we followed FORTIFIED home standards.  If it is too much money to […]

Read More

Houses intact after Hurricane Michael were often saved by low-cost reinforcements

Five Habitat For Humanity houses, center, stood firm during Hurricane Michael even as an adjacent trailer park saw heavy damage. (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) By Patricia Sullivan , Frances Stead Sellers and Emily Wax-Thibodeaux October 17 at 8:19 PM “Here is an excellent example of what FORTIFIED can do for you and your home.  […]

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Hurricane Michael May Have Exposed Weak Spot in Florida’s Tough Building Code

By Associated Press 24 hours ago As people are beginning to rebuild in Mexico Beach, and along the Florida Panhandle, we strongly encourage them to look at the FORTIFIED program.  If you have any questions please call us at 1-888-964-8776. At a Glance Hurricane Michael may have exposed a weak spot in Florida’s tough building […]

Read More

Florida Panhandle building codes lagged behind rest of state

The building codes are the lowest standard of acceptable construction for homes. When local building inspectors do not fully enforce the minimum standards then destruction of homes is more likely. This is why building to the Insurance institute for Business And Home Safety FORTIFIED For Homes standards are so important. This provides an independent third […]

Read More

Build Better with Building Codes, and Beyond

Here is a very informative piece on building codes and how they are supposed to protect you and your community.  But remember building codes specify the minimum requirements to adequately safeguard the health, safety and welfare of occupants.  Give us a call at (888) 964-8776 and let us share with you the FORTIFIED Home program […]

Read More

The Next Best Thing to a Free Roof!

Disaster-Smart, Inc. works closely with MyStrongHome by handling the FORTIFIED evaluations.  “This is a phenomenal program for the homeowner” states Darius Grimes, CEO, Disaster-Smart, Inc. The only thing better than a FORTIFIED roof is a low-cost or free FORTIFIED roof. If you can’t wait on the Strengthen Alabama Homes grant, MyStrongHome could finance your new […]

Read More

ZIP System® Sheathing and Tape for Resilient Roofs

ZIP System sheathing and tape when used in roof assemblies helps meet FORTIFIED Home national resilient building standards.  Take a few minutes to review this post. Storm season is coming, and with it, a heightened sensitivity to protecting jobsites and the durability of homes down the road. Resiliency is all about a home’s ability to […]

Read More

What’s FORTIFIED?

Disaster Smart is one of the small number of Certified Evaluators for the FORTIFIED program in the coastal area.  Give us a call at (888) 964-8776 to discuss how we can help you reach your FORTIFIED designation. FORTIFIED is the new normal in construction. It is a set of engineering standards based on over 20 […]

Read More

Shut the Doors on Florence

“Here is a very simple thing to do to reduce damage risks whether you stay or if you go.” Coastal storm approaching? Close all interior doors, in addition to all windows and exterior doors, to reduce damage risks. Closing interior doors can give your roof a fighting chance in a severe wind storm. If a […]

Read More

Hurricane Prep – Before and After

A hurricane headed to you is a very stressful situation for you and your family.  Do I go or Do I stay is constantly going through your mind.  But with an evacuation plan in place for your family, along with better understanding of how to deal with the aftermath of the storm, you are better […]

Read More

Know your zones and routes: How to leave home safely if a hurricane prompts a mandatory evacuation order

This article is very informative and gives you and your family an opportunity to become knowledgeable of your evacuation route ahead of a storm.  It also shares tips on what you and your family should do in case of a mandatory evacuation. By Ashley Williams, AccuWeather staff writer As September is National Preparedness Month, now […]

Read More

Breaking the “Build-Destroy-Rebuild” Disaster Cycle

– A Statement from the Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH) Learning from the 2017 Disasters to Create a Reliably Resilient U.S. The Learning from the 2017 Disasters to Create a Reliably Resilient U.S. FLASH paper is a very comprehensive report on all 2017 Disasters from California Wildfires to Hurricanes.  It is well worth taking […]

Read More

North Carolina weakened its building codes in 2013

Here is a problem too often we see with the regulatory departments lengthening the cycle between building code adoption from three years to six. It’s a decision they may regret as Hurricane Florence takes aim at the Carolinas. Click here to read the article

Read More

IBHS Offers Guidance as American Coastlines Prepare

This article from IBHS is a very informative hurricane preparedness expose’.  It is one of the most comprehensive one we have seen and is worth your time reviewing it. NHC: Multiple Storms Churning the Atlantic and Pacific Beware Hurricane Florence: Residents of the Carolinas, Virginia Urged to Document and Protect Property; Plan for Evacuation, High […]

Read More

Storm Surge Kills; Can’t Be Outrun

Below is a very interesting article that IBHS has developed with help of several other entities.  It is well worth you taking a look at it. What is Storm Surge? Storm surge is the very fast, abnormal rise in seawater level during a storm, measured as the height of the water above the normal predicted […]

Read More

Hurricane Florence: How to prepare to survive

With a Category 4 hurricane predicted to hit the East Coast later this week, this gives us time to work on developing an emergency plan for the future.  Putting this plan together can eliminate some of the stress associated with a storm.  Take a look at the article below to help you develop your emergency […]

Read More

Opinion 7 ways drones improve insurance operations

Disaster-Smart Consulting, Inc has Commercially Licensed Drone Pilots servicing our coastal areas.  Let us help you with all your drone needs.  Give us a call at (888) 964-8776.   Click here to read article

Read More

SC Home Grant

Darius Grimes, CEO, of Disaster Smart Consulting, Inc. was on the advisory board in 2005 – 2006 when this program  was being developed.  This program is similar to the Strengthen Alabama Homes program we have participated in except; this program has a $5000 grant for a new roof whereas; Strengthen Alabama has $10,000 grant.  Both […]

Read More

Baldwin County Homebuilders, FORTIFIED Evaluators Honored

Disaster Smart Consulting, Inc received the 2017 Spotlight award for completing 283 FORTIFIED designations.  It was also one of the four award winners who earned a FORTIFIED Home Volume Award for the third consecutive year, while the other five honorees are first-time award winners.   Malik added “All of our award winners are making a real-world […]

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11 Benchmarks for Resilient Homes and Communities

BUILDER These standards help prevent losses and promote recovery from hurricanes, wildfires, earthquakes, and more. By Kathleen Brown weberfoto/Adobe Stock The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) declared 2017 the most expensive year on record for weather and climate disasters, with damage costs totaling $306.2 billion. The collective $265.0 billion cost of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, […]

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What Alabama Can Teach You about Storm Resilience

How community organizing, the insurance industry and state policy changes came together to make coastal Alabama a leader in weather-resilient home construction. A new home under construction in coastal Alabama, being built to modern storm resilience standards. Open to Mobile and Baldwin County residents, regardless of income or insurer, Strengthen Alabama Homes provided grants up […]

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Good Morning Curtis: IBHS Hurricane Research Center

With hurricane season already in the air, Curtis Wilson, Co-anchor of Good Morning Columbia, stopped by the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety Research Center to see how they use their experiments to help prepare your homes in case of severe weather.  To find out more select below:   Good Morning Curtis: IBHS Hurricane […]

Read More

Strong & Ready For Hurricane Season

Hurricane season is officially underway. We’re all hoping for a mild season, but MyStrongHome customers are doing more: these customers are flexing their muscles in front of their strong homes to show they are prepared. A roof is ‘the holy grail of home upgrades’, according to a 2017 Remodeling Impact Report by the National Association of Realtors. […]

Read More

Local Experts Share Tips for Protecting Your Home’s Roof During Hurricane Season

Hurricane damage can cost a fortune and one of the most expensive repairs is the roof of your home. MyStrongHome is a local organization that combines insurance, construction and financing to help people fortify their roof and protect from any damages a storm may cause. To learn more: http://foxcharleston.com/news-now/local-experts-share-tips-for-protecting-your-homes-roof-during-hurricane-season/  

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As Storms Worsen, Many Coastal States Aren’t Prepared

Lax building codes and poor enforcement are a big problem in some places. by Elizabeth Daigneau | June 2018 In less than a week, Hurricane Harvey dropped up to 50 inches of rain on Houston. (Shutterstock) June is the start of the Atlantic hurricane season. And according to researchers at Colorado State University, it’s going […]

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2018.Hurricane Landfall Predictions – Caribbean and U.S

“Some United States zones and the Caribbean Islands are currently in their strongest hurricane landfall cycle in 40 to 70-years.” Most accurate hurricane prediction organization says 2018 will be another big season – has expanded predictions into the Lesser Antilles OCALA, Fla. (PRWEB)March 09, 2018 The United States – Puerto Rico – and the Northern […]

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Georgia receives poor rating from IBHS for residential building code systems

By Collin Huguley Jun 4, 2018, 12:44pm Georgia homeowners might be a little less prepared for hurricanes if 2018 turns out to be a stormy year. The state of Georgia’s rating from the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety for residential building code systems slipped a point from the last rating three years ago. […]

Read More

Wall of Wind Challenge attracts next generation of engineers

Coral Park High School won first place with their impressive wind resistance model building. Students from Florida Christian School set up their model building in front of FIU’s Wall of Wind fans. Eight students from Coral Park Senior High School huddled together, a question hanging in the air: Would the model building they created withstand […]

Read More

Building to be Resilient

As hurricane season begins, an MIT expert discusses the benefits of building structures that can more easily weather a major storm.   https://www.usnews.com/news/healthiest-communities/articles/2018-06-01/mits-jeremy-gregory-building-with-resilience-to-beat-hurricane-damage

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Estimating the Effect of FORTIFIED Home Construction on Home Resale Value

A new study on the resale value of FORTIFIED home construction by The University of Alabama’s Center for Insurance Information and Research, ACIIR, can be found at the URL below.  CEO / President of Disaster-Smart Consulting, Inc., Darius Grimes, sits on the advisory board of this organization. https://culverhouse.ua.edu/aciir/research

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After Harvey, Texas Town Looks to Fortify in State With No Mandatory Building Codes

This article was written by the Wall Street Journal about IBHS and their Fortified Program.  IBHS digitally secured the rights to this article and it can be accessed through their website at https://disastersafety.org/.

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Prepare Your Home For Destructive Summer Storms

Disaster-Smart can help you with our suite of inspections to help you strengthen your  home from both destructive summer storms and hurricanes.  Contact our office today! Published Saturday, May. 12, 2018, 7:34 am Front Page » Events » Prepare your home for destructive summer storms Join AFP’s 112,000+ followers on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube Purchase […]

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How to Disaster-Proof Your Home

As you read through this article, just remember, Disaster-Smart, offers home evaluations nationwide. Give us a call at 1-888-964-8776 to schedule your home evaluation today. How to Disaster-Proof Your Home Natural disasters are going to happen. Take steps to prepare—and see if you can get help with the costs. Getty Images By Kimberly Lankford, Contributing […]

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IBHS Report: America’s Building Codes in Hurricane Prone Regions Show Uneven Commitment to Stronger, Safer Homes

“According to Disaster-Smart’s CEO, people often ask “Why do I need FORTIFIED?  My answer is For Peace of Mind, Savings, Improved Value and Stronger Communities.  A FORTIFIED Designation means your home is stronger and better able to withstand the next storm, and your family is safer and better prepared.  There are also mandated insurance discounts […]

Read More

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

According to Disaster-Smart’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

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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. […]

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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

Renovations for a more hurricane-resistant home

“Here is another news story by our local station, NBC 15, on how to strengthen existing homes to FORTIFIED standard.  This is something every homeowner should look into as it also saves money on your homeowners insurance policy.”  For more details ….

Read More

Building to survive the big one: Affordable hurricane-resistant homes

“Our local news station NBC 15 did a story on building to the Fortified standard and how this could of help saved some of the homes in Mexico Beach.  I think you will find this news story very interesting.”   NBC 15 News Story

Read More

What Insurance Agents Wish You Knew About Keeping Your Home Safe

“Experts suggest completing a few key maintenance tasks, such as ensuring your smoke alarms are working and installing an automatic water shut-off device.  This U.S. News & World Report article will share some items about keeping your home safe!” Click here to read the full article

Read More

Building Up to Code: A Lone House in the Florida Panhandle Highlights That’s No Longer Enough

Photo:  AP After Hurricane Michael’s devastation, experts say building codes should be a starting point, not the end goal for home construction. “When rebuilding your home it is the perfect time to ask your builder how much additional cost would there be if we followed FORTIFIED home standards.  If it is too much money to […]

Read More

Houses intact after Hurricane Michael were often saved by low-cost reinforcements

Five Habitat For Humanity houses, center, stood firm during Hurricane Michael even as an adjacent trailer park saw heavy damage. (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) By Patricia Sullivan , Frances Stead Sellers and Emily Wax-Thibodeaux October 17 at 8:19 PM “Here is an excellent example of what FORTIFIED can do for you and your home.  […]

Read More

Hurricane Michael May Have Exposed Weak Spot in Florida’s Tough Building Code

By Associated Press 24 hours ago As people are beginning to rebuild in Mexico Beach, and along the Florida Panhandle, we strongly encourage them to look at the FORTIFIED program.  If you have any questions please call us at 1-888-964-8776. At a Glance Hurricane Michael may have exposed a weak spot in Florida’s tough building […]

Read More

Florida Panhandle building codes lagged behind rest of state

The building codes are the lowest standard of acceptable construction for homes. When local building inspectors do not fully enforce the minimum standards then destruction of homes is more likely. This is why building to the Insurance institute for Business And Home Safety FORTIFIED For Homes standards are so important. This provides an independent third […]

Read More

Build Better with Building Codes, and Beyond

Here is a very informative piece on building codes and how they are supposed to protect you and your community.  But remember building codes specify the minimum requirements to adequately safeguard the health, safety and welfare of occupants.  Give us a call at (888) 964-8776 and let us share with you the FORTIFIED Home program […]

Read More

The Next Best Thing to a Free Roof!

Disaster-Smart, Inc. works closely with MyStrongHome by handling the FORTIFIED evaluations.  “This is a phenomenal program for the homeowner” states Darius Grimes, CEO, Disaster-Smart, Inc. The only thing better than a FORTIFIED roof is a low-cost or free FORTIFIED roof. If you can’t wait on the Strengthen Alabama Homes grant, MyStrongHome could finance your new […]

Read More

ZIP System® Sheathing and Tape for Resilient Roofs

ZIP System sheathing and tape when used in roof assemblies helps meet FORTIFIED Home national resilient building standards.  Take a few minutes to review this post. Storm season is coming, and with it, a heightened sensitivity to protecting jobsites and the durability of homes down the road. Resiliency is all about a home’s ability to […]

Read More

What’s FORTIFIED?

Disaster Smart is one of the small number of Certified Evaluators for the FORTIFIED program in the coastal area.  Give us a call at (888) 964-8776 to discuss how we can help you reach your FORTIFIED designation. FORTIFIED is the new normal in construction. It is a set of engineering standards based on over 20 […]

Read More

Shut the Doors on Florence

“Here is a very simple thing to do to reduce damage risks whether you stay or if you go.” Coastal storm approaching? Close all interior doors, in addition to all windows and exterior doors, to reduce damage risks. Closing interior doors can give your roof a fighting chance in a severe wind storm. If a […]

Read More

Hurricane Prep – Before and After

A hurricane headed to you is a very stressful situation for you and your family.  Do I go or Do I stay is constantly going through your mind.  But with an evacuation plan in place for your family, along with better understanding of how to deal with the aftermath of the storm, you are better […]

Read More

Know your zones and routes: How to leave home safely if a hurricane prompts a mandatory evacuation order

This article is very informative and gives you and your family an opportunity to become knowledgeable of your evacuation route ahead of a storm.  It also shares tips on what you and your family should do in case of a mandatory evacuation. By Ashley Williams, AccuWeather staff writer As September is National Preparedness Month, now […]

Read More

Breaking the “Build-Destroy-Rebuild” Disaster Cycle

– A Statement from the Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH) Learning from the 2017 Disasters to Create a Reliably Resilient U.S. The Learning from the 2017 Disasters to Create a Reliably Resilient U.S. FLASH paper is a very comprehensive report on all 2017 Disasters from California Wildfires to Hurricanes.  It is well worth taking […]

Read More

North Carolina weakened its building codes in 2013

Here is a problem too often we see with the regulatory departments lengthening the cycle between building code adoption from three years to six. It’s a decision they may regret as Hurricane Florence takes aim at the Carolinas. Click here to read the article

Read More

IBHS Offers Guidance as American Coastlines Prepare

This article from IBHS is a very informative hurricane preparedness expose’.  It is one of the most comprehensive one we have seen and is worth your time reviewing it. NHC: Multiple Storms Churning the Atlantic and Pacific Beware Hurricane Florence: Residents of the Carolinas, Virginia Urged to Document and Protect Property; Plan for Evacuation, High […]

Read More

Storm Surge Kills; Can’t Be Outrun

Below is a very interesting article that IBHS has developed with help of several other entities.  It is well worth you taking a look at it. What is Storm Surge? Storm surge is the very fast, abnormal rise in seawater level during a storm, measured as the height of the water above the normal predicted […]

Read More

Hurricane Florence: How to prepare to survive

With a Category 4 hurricane predicted to hit the East Coast later this week, this gives us time to work on developing an emergency plan for the future.  Putting this plan together can eliminate some of the stress associated with a storm.  Take a look at the article below to help you develop your emergency […]

Read More

Opinion 7 ways drones improve insurance operations

Disaster-Smart Consulting, Inc has Commercially Licensed Drone Pilots servicing our coastal areas.  Let us help you with all your drone needs.  Give us a call at (888) 964-8776.   Click here to read article

Read More

SC Home Grant

Darius Grimes, CEO, of Disaster Smart Consulting, Inc. was on the advisory board in 2005 – 2006 when this program  was being developed.  This program is similar to the Strengthen Alabama Homes program we have participated in except; this program has a $5000 grant for a new roof whereas; Strengthen Alabama has $10,000 grant.  Both […]

Read More

Baldwin County Homebuilders, FORTIFIED Evaluators Honored

Disaster Smart Consulting, Inc received the 2017 Spotlight award for completing 283 FORTIFIED designations.  It was also one of the four award winners who earned a FORTIFIED Home Volume Award for the third consecutive year, while the other five honorees are first-time award winners.   Malik added “All of our award winners are making a real-world […]

Read More

11 Benchmarks for Resilient Homes and Communities

BUILDER These standards help prevent losses and promote recovery from hurricanes, wildfires, earthquakes, and more. By Kathleen Brown weberfoto/Adobe Stock The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) declared 2017 the most expensive year on record for weather and climate disasters, with damage costs totaling $306.2 billion. The collective $265.0 billion cost of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, […]

Read More

What Alabama Can Teach You about Storm Resilience

How community organizing, the insurance industry and state policy changes came together to make coastal Alabama a leader in weather-resilient home construction. A new home under construction in coastal Alabama, being built to modern storm resilience standards. Open to Mobile and Baldwin County residents, regardless of income or insurer, Strengthen Alabama Homes provided grants up […]

Read More

Good Morning Curtis: IBHS Hurricane Research Center

With hurricane season already in the air, Curtis Wilson, Co-anchor of Good Morning Columbia, stopped by the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety Research Center to see how they use their experiments to help prepare your homes in case of severe weather.  To find out more select below:   Good Morning Curtis: IBHS Hurricane […]

Read More

Strong & Ready For Hurricane Season

Hurricane season is officially underway. We’re all hoping for a mild season, but MyStrongHome customers are doing more: these customers are flexing their muscles in front of their strong homes to show they are prepared. A roof is ‘the holy grail of home upgrades’, according to a 2017 Remodeling Impact Report by the National Association of Realtors. […]

Read More

Local Experts Share Tips for Protecting Your Home’s Roof During Hurricane Season

Hurricane damage can cost a fortune and one of the most expensive repairs is the roof of your home. MyStrongHome is a local organization that combines insurance, construction and financing to help people fortify their roof and protect from any damages a storm may cause. To learn more: http://foxcharleston.com/news-now/local-experts-share-tips-for-protecting-your-homes-roof-during-hurricane-season/  

Read More

As Storms Worsen, Many Coastal States Aren’t Prepared

Lax building codes and poor enforcement are a big problem in some places. by Elizabeth Daigneau | June 2018 In less than a week, Hurricane Harvey dropped up to 50 inches of rain on Houston. (Shutterstock) June is the start of the Atlantic hurricane season. And according to researchers at Colorado State University, it’s going […]

Read More

2018.Hurricane Landfall Predictions – Caribbean and U.S

“Some United States zones and the Caribbean Islands are currently in their strongest hurricane landfall cycle in 40 to 70-years.” Most accurate hurricane prediction organization says 2018 will be another big season – has expanded predictions into the Lesser Antilles OCALA, Fla. (PRWEB)March 09, 2018 The United States – Puerto Rico – and the Northern […]

Read More

Georgia receives poor rating from IBHS for residential building code systems

By Collin Huguley Jun 4, 2018, 12:44pm Georgia homeowners might be a little less prepared for hurricanes if 2018 turns out to be a stormy year. The state of Georgia’s rating from the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety for residential building code systems slipped a point from the last rating three years ago. […]

Read More

Wall of Wind Challenge attracts next generation of engineers

Coral Park High School won first place with their impressive wind resistance model building. Students from Florida Christian School set up their model building in front of FIU’s Wall of Wind fans. Eight students from Coral Park Senior High School huddled together, a question hanging in the air: Would the model building they created withstand […]

Read More

Building to be Resilient

As hurricane season begins, an MIT expert discusses the benefits of building structures that can more easily weather a major storm.   https://www.usnews.com/news/healthiest-communities/articles/2018-06-01/mits-jeremy-gregory-building-with-resilience-to-beat-hurricane-damage

Read More

Estimating the Effect of FORTIFIED Home Construction on Home Resale Value

A new study on the resale value of FORTIFIED home construction by The University of Alabama’s Center for Insurance Information and Research, ACIIR, can be found at the URL below.  CEO / President of Disaster-Smart Consulting, Inc., Darius Grimes, sits on the advisory board of this organization. https://culverhouse.ua.edu/aciir/research

Read More

After Harvey, Texas Town Looks to Fortify in State With No Mandatory Building Codes

This article was written by the Wall Street Journal about IBHS and their Fortified Program.  IBHS digitally secured the rights to this article and it can be accessed through their website at https://disastersafety.org/.

Read More

Prepare Your Home For Destructive Summer Storms

Disaster-Smart can help you with our suite of inspections to help you strengthen your  home from both destructive summer storms and hurricanes.  Contact our office today! Published Saturday, May. 12, 2018, 7:34 am Front Page » Events » Prepare your home for destructive summer storms Join AFP’s 112,000+ followers on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube Purchase […]

Read More

How to Disaster-Proof Your Home

As you read through this article, just remember, Disaster-Smart, offers home evaluations nationwide. Give us a call at 1-888-964-8776 to schedule your home evaluation today. How to Disaster-Proof Your Home Natural disasters are going to happen. Take steps to prepare—and see if you can get help with the costs. Getty Images By Kimberly Lankford, Contributing […]

Read More

IBHS Report: America’s Building Codes in Hurricane Prone Regions Show Uneven Commitment to Stronger, Safer Homes

“According to Disaster-Smart’s CEO, people often ask “Why do I need FORTIFIED?  My answer is For Peace of Mind, Savings, Improved Value and Stronger Communities.  A FORTIFIED Designation means your home is stronger and better able to withstand the next storm, and your family is safer and better prepared.  There are also mandated insurance discounts […]

Read More

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

According to Disaster-Smart’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

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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. […]

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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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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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