Earlier this week when Hurricane Sandy made landfall on the East Coast many people quickly realized they were unprepared for severe weather emergencies. Residents came back to find their roofs gone, houses flooded or homes completely demolished. When living in one area for so long we forget about the risks associated with certain geographic regions. Unfortunately, the East Coast is in a hurricane prone region of the world and millions of people and their homes are at risk. Thankfully, scientists are also aware of this dance with disaster.
Civil and architectural engineers, researchers and scientists have devoted their skills and efforts to learning more about the forces of nature and how we can better protect our homes and lives from their destructive forces. From their studies, they have determined certain home types and construction features that are better suited to strong winds, whipping rain and flood waters.
- Roofs that are connected to walls perform better in high winds than do their non-connected counterparts.
- Roof overhangs increase the home’s vulnerability to high wind uplift forces. Limiting overhangs to 20 inches or under decreases the risk of a roof blowing off.
- The stronger the connection between the actual home structure and its foundation, the better.
- Having the home elevated on an open foundation lessens the risk of flood damage.
- All windows should be properly sealed and insulated.
- Concrete and sturdy building materials provide a greater level of structural integrity.
Angel MedFlight Worldwide Air Ambulance Services knows a home is more than just a roof and four walls. It is the place we feel safest and most at ease. One of the most demoralizing things that can happen is for a storm to hit and for you to lose everything. As a premier worldwide medical flight provider, we understand the importance of looking ahead and planning for the “unforeseeable.” With research and wise decision making we can protect our homes, our lives and our futures.