The Institute for Business & Home Safety administers safety tests on real homes in specially designed chambers that can buffet the structures with hurricane-force winds to see how they stand up. It’s a way to vet new materials and building methods, and, judging from the video below, it looks like it would be a pretty cool job.
I came across this Fox News story that documented such a test on two seemingly identical homes. As the test winds exceeded 90 mph, the home that wasn’t built to hurricane-resistant specifications was torn from its very foundation and soon reduced to rubble. It’s worth watching, especially for anyone looking to build or buy in Hurricane-prone areas of the country.
The Institute’s website is a good resource for home preparedness against all sorts of natural disasters. Their hurricane preparedness page is particularly informative. This is suggested reading, folks! We’re not quite out of hurricane season, yet.