Build Back Stronger
When Mother Nature strikes, the results can be devastating, and even if you’re lucky enough to experience only minor damage, rebuilding and repairing a home isn’t easy. FORTIFIED can help make the process simpler by providing a network of trained professionals who can help you every step of the way. If you’ve very recently experienced a storm, learn what to do next to prevent further damage. Then, when you’re ready to rebuild, use the FORTIFIED construction method to make your home stronger and better able to withstand the next storm.
Hire Quality Contractors
After a storm, demand for contractors is 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 insured and licensed.* Even better, when they repair your home or roof, they can build it back stronger by following the FORTIFIED construction method—making this the last time you have to go through this process.
Learn more about getting a FORTIFIED roof.
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 sba.gov/disaster.
Steps to FORTIFIED
After decades of studying damage caused by severe weather events, we have made it a priority to equip contractors with the best solutions to help strengthen your home.
Find a Contractor
To get a FORTIFIED designation, you’ll need a contractor and an independent evaluator who will verify that FORTIFIED standards are applied. Click here to find a professional in your area
Apply the Standards
As your FORTIFIED-trained contractor adds the extra protection provided by the upgrades included in the FORTIFIED standard, your certified FORTIFIED Evaluator will document those key elements.
Be prepared for the next storm
A team of FORTIFIED experts at IBHS will review the documentation provided and issue a FORTIFIED designation which lets you know your home has the best chance to survive the next storm.
Stay In The Know
Do you want to keep up with the latest resiliency research? Would you like timely tips and reminders to keep your home safe from Mother Nature? Are you interested in the science behind the FORTIFIED standard? Then sign up for the FORTIFIED Update, today!