IBHS created the FORTIFIED Home™ program to help strengthen homes from hurricanes, high winds, hail, and severe thunderstorms. Protect your home from natural disasters by using FORTIFIED Home construction standards and methods. IBHS FORTIFIED goes beyond emergency preparedness and disaster preparedness to give you the peace of mind that comes from knowing your home has been FORTIFIED to offer disaster protection.
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What Risks Do You Face?
FORTIFIED Home™ standards are currently available for hurricane, hail and high wind risks. Learn which risks are most likely to affect your area using the IBHS ZIP Code map on our homepage.
The FORTIFIED Home™–High Wind & Hail program helps homeowners strengthen their home against high winds and damaging hail.
The FORTIFIED Home™–High Wind program helps homeowners strengthen their home against severe thunderstorms, straight-line wind events, and high winds at the edges of a weak tornado.
The FORTIFIED Home™–Hurricane program helps homeowners strengthen their home against the devastating power of tropical storms and hurricanes.
The program employs an incremental approach toward making existing homes more resistant to damage from hurricanes, tropical storms, hailstorms, high winds and wind-driven rain associated with thunderstorms. With three levels of FORTIFIED Home™ designation available—Bronze, Silver and Gold—builders can work with homeowners to choose a desired level of protection that best suits their budgets and resilience goals.
The FORTIFIED Home™ Bronze level addresses the roof system. Upgrades reduce wind and water entering the attic through the roof covering and vents.
In addition to the roof system addressed in the Bronze level, the FORTIFIED Home™ Silver level addresses windows, doors and attached structures.
After the roof, openings (windows and doors) and attached structures have been addressed, the FORTIFIED Home™ Gold level ties the house together by connecting the roof to the walls to the floors to the foundation, so it acts as one system.