Story of a Modular Home Surviving a Hurricane

Residents in areas prone to hurricanes, like North Carolina, can benefit from a modern modular home. Modular homes built today are created on an improved architectural design that’s stronger and more efficient than models built decades ago. Innovations in engineering have made modular homes more storm-resistant than site-built homes. Special cements and engineered materials used in modular home construction make them impressively resilient through strong winds and storms.

When severe storms and flooding hit an area and completely devastate a community, rebuilding a traditional frame house takes longer than a specially designed modular home. Even multi-story modular homes with porches, decks and more than one garage are built faster. Modular home designs have evolved over the years to withstand hurricane force winds while still being quick to construct off-site and securely built on-site when the property is ready.

Hurricane survivors across the country who rode out storms in their modular homes have been interviewed and say they didn’t even feel their house shake when windows were blown out from strong winds and their neighbors’ homes were leveled. Homeowners that survived hurricanes while staying in their modular homes found that while windows broke and debris littered their home, all walls, ceilings and furniture remained intact. Homes by Vanderbilt customizes modular homes for buyers, fits the designs to their tastes, uses eco-friendly materials, and ensures that construction meets the latest hurricane codes. FEMA released a statement after a Category 4 hurricane hit Florida and said that the structural integrity of modular homes “performed much better than conventional residential housing.”

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First Day of Hurricane Season 2012

June 1st marks the first day of the hurricane season. The season runs through November 30th, 2012.

All Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico coastal areas are subject to hurricanes. They can cause catastrophic damage to coastlines and several hundred miles inland, so it is important to be prepared and have a plan in place for you and your family.

Homes by Vanderbuilt wants to remind everyone of these basic hurricane preparedness measures:

  • Create an emergency kit with first aid supplies.
  • Make a family communications plan.
  • Know your surroundings.
  • Learn the elevation level of your property and whether the land is flood-prone.
  • Identify levees and dams in your area and determine whether they pose a hazard to you.
  • Learn community hurricane evacuation routes and how to find higher ground. Determine where you would go and how you would get there if you needed to evacuate.
  • Cover all of your home’s windows.
  • Be sure trees and shrubs around your home are well trimmed to help prevent debris.
  • Reinforce your garage doors. If wind enters a garage it can cause structural damage.
  • Bring all outdoor furniture, decorations, garbage cans, and kids toys indoors.
  • Install a generator for emergencies.