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Fortifying Existing Coastal Buildings

North Carolina Sea Grant

Coastal property owners who follow North Carolina Sea Grant storm mitigation recommendations may accomplish significant improvements, often at modest costs, to reduce wind and water damage to their home from hurricanes and other storms. These homeowners also can also lower their insurance costs significantly. The efforts reflect North Carolina Sea Grant extension’s partnership with the N.C. Department of Insurance and the Institute for Businesses and Home Safety Fortified training program to increase building and design standards. Efforts have included workshops to train builders, as well as training for building code inspectors and other professionals. A team led by NC Sea Grant also assessed causes of collapse of wood-frame residences after Hurricane Ike in Texas. The team worked closely with FEMA and the findings help predict the response of structures and infrastructure to combined loadings resulting from hurricanes.

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