Habitat for Humanity homes built to withstand storms

Habitat for Humanity homes' stability during weather events

TUSCALOOSA, AL (WBRC) - The Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity in Tuscaloosa says they’ve been building their homes more weather resilient than most homes because of higher building standards and a need to make storm victims more comfortable.

Builders believe the work that goes into building Habitat for Humanity homes like this one helps these structures better withstand the force that comes from some tornado and hurricane force winds.

“Our Habitat homes in Tuscaloosa, as they were in Panama City, are built to be fortified, gold standard,” according to Elllen Potts, Executive Director of Habitat Tuscaloosa.

Upgrades include hurricane ties to extra nails in the wall.

“We put nails in every 4 inches rather than every 6 inches,” Potts added.

She listed several things done to make these homes stronger. Habitat homes in Tuscaloosa also come equipped with FEMA rated tornado safe rooms.

“If you look up, you can see the hurricane ties that are built into the top plate, to the joints, we do this all around the house. We also do the bottom where you can see the steel rods that go down into the foundation,” Potts said.

It adds comfort for folks who may be moving into a Habitat for Humanity house because a storm destroyed their previous home. “Just the peace of mind for our homeowners and their families is invaluable,” Potts concluded.

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