Habitat Homes Survive Hurricane Michael

Hurricane Michael has done so much devastating damage to Florida over the course of its storm. People were evacuated and homes were lost. Here at Habitat for Humanity of the Greater Harrisburg Area, we are keeping those who have suffered and lost in our thoughts and prayers.

The Washington Post shared a story that featured Habitat for Humanity affiliates and their efforts to build homes that are hurricane resistant. After Hurricane Andrew in 1992, Habitat for Humanity affiliates in Florida started to build their homes to be more storm resistant. Some of these features include hurricane ties, thicker lumber, wind-stone plywood, and metal roofs. When Hurricane Michael arrived, there were five homes built along the Panama City coast that were Habitat for Humanity homes. The storm caused buildings and homes to be ripped to shreds around Panama City, however, aerial photos of Panama City were shared and there were five homes with metal roofs that were still standing. Those homes were the five homes built by Habitat for Humanity. After everything, the only damage sustained by these homes was to the siding, an AC unit and a window. Habitat for Humanity had a reputation for storm-resistant homes, and this just proved it. Thank you to all the volunteers and construction crews who make these safe and affordable homes.

For the whole story, visit this link at www.washingtonpost.com.