Many people are rebuilding their homes and businesses after Hurricane Ida. In this process, it may be possible to build back better than before. For some, that will be updating a roof to the current wind rating rather than that in place in the 1970s. The Federal Alliance for Safe Homes, Inc., FLASH, has put together a list of improvements that may be available as we rebuild. The attached has some details on the following options to build a stronger home through retrofits for flood or wind safety. The FEMA Wind Retrofit Guide for Residential Buildings is also attached as a resource.
Elevate the lowest floor
Elevate appliances, water heaters, air conditioning units, furnaces, etc.
Install backflow preventers
Install flood vents
Anchor fuel tanks
Brace gable-end walls
Brace soffit covers
Upgrade to wind resistant roof cover
Strengthen roof deck connection
Strengthen roof-to-wall connection
Install a secondary water barrier
Improve anchorage of attached structures
Parish Permit and Code Enforcement personnel can provide advice regarding the current codes and any permits or inspections that are available or required at 873-6567.