Post-Michael: FORTIFIED Resources

The National Standard for Resilient Construction

Your home was damaged during Michael.

Now what?

FORTIFIED Home is a nationally recognized building method based on more than 20 years of scientific research and real-world testing by the non-profit Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS). Funded by the insurance industry, IBHS is an independent, nonprofit, scientific research and communications organization whose research leads to real-world solutions for home and business owners, helping to create more resilient communities. FORTIFIED standards build upon building codes, improve performance against natural hazards and reduce the risk of personal property losses.

Be patient.

Demand for quality contractors will be high, but your roof is a major investment and the most important part of keeping your home intact. Hire a skilled roofer, even a FORTIFIED-trained roofer, who can install the toughest roof available and help ensure this never happens to your roof again.

Hiring a Contractor

Quality installation is a core part of the roofing equation. IBHS and the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) recommend these steps for choosing the right roofing professional.


FORTIFIED Home is a way to build a new home or retrofit an existing home beyond typical building codes to deliver superior performance during severe weather (such as hurricanes, strong thunderstorms, and lower-level tornadoes). FORTIFIED is a nationally recognized building method based on more than 20 years of scientific research and real-world testing by the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS).


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.


Homeowners must first select an approved evaluator from a list of IBHS Certified FORTIFIED Home™ Evaluators working in the area. Find a FORTIFIED Evaluator today.

To find a roofer/contractor available in your area who has completed FORTIFIED Wise – Roofer training, please visit

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FORTIFIED Home Resources for Roofers/Contractors

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Other Resources

The SBA offers disaster assistance in the form of low-interest loans to homeowners, renters and business owners in regions affected by declared disasters. Loans are given to cover repairs and replacement of physical assets damaged in a declared disaster. For more information about the SBA disaster loan program go to

Register for help from FEMA by visiting

For more technical resources please visit

Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulations

Check to see if the contractors are licensed (required) in Florida or have any complaints filed against them. Filings can be made against contractors here too.

Inside FORTIFIED Home™

Print Guides

Installing Underlayment Over Taped Seams

Installing Drip Edge in Hurricane Areas

Installing Sheathing on Existing Roofs in Hurricane Areas

Installing Self-Adhered Starter Strips

Installing Starter Strips Using Roof Cement

Sealing Roof Seams with Tape

Sealing Roof Seams with Two Layers of Felt

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