Build Back Stronger After Ian

Whether you are recovering from Ian or simply want to be better prepared for the next storm, you can strengthen your home by following the FORTIFIED standard.

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The First Steps to Recovery

If you live in one of the millions of Florida homes built before the state adopted the strongest building codes in the country, adding a FORTIFIED Roof and impact protection for windows can help prepare you for the next hurricane.




Reduced Risk is Attractive to Insurers

FORTIFIED is proven to strengthen homes against the high winds and heavy rain from hurricanes. In many ways, the program and the Florida Building Code are similar, but FORTIFIED includes a unique verification process that confirms a home was built or re-roofed to better withstand a hurricane. Because of its proven effectiveness, a FORTIFIED designation from IBHS can make your home more attractive to insurance companies. 




The US Small Business Association (SBA) offers disaster assistance in the form of low-interest loans to homeowners, renters, and business owners in regions affected by declared disasters. Loans are given to cover repairs and replacement of physical assets damaged in a declared disaster. To protect homes and businesses from future storm damage, SBA will loan an additional 20% to property owners choosing to upgrade to the FORTIFIED standard. For more information about the SBA disaster loan program, visit

Hire Quality Contractors

After a storm, demand for contractors is unusually high. After protecting your home from further damage, take your time to hire a company you trust. Consider selecting a contractor or roofing contractor listed in the FORTIFIED Directory- each of them is licensed and insured. Even better, when they repair your home or roof, they can build back stronger by following the FORTIFIED construction method- making this the last time you must go through this process.

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