This House Is Built to Stare Down a Hurricane

Natural Disasters are on the Rise, but is Indiana Prepared to Help Hoosiers Recover?

The number of deadly natural disasters afflicting the U.S. is rising, and so is the economic cost of each event. As state and federal emergency response agencies change their recovery funding roles, Hoosiers will have to bear more of a financial burden after each disaster.

Historically, when natural disasters have occurred, Americans have been able to depend on state and federal agencies to aid in recovery efforts and subsidize some of the cost of the natural disaster.

But federal agencies are spending less on recovering from the last disaster and more on getting ready for the next one, leaving individuals to pay for more recovery costs on their own dime…


This House Is Built to Stare Down a Hurricane

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A Home Built for Extreme Weather. Home designed by Azaroff in Breezy Point, Queens. Photographer: Victor J. Blue/Bloomberg

Breezy Point was devastated by Hurricane Sandy in 2012. Flooding, high winds and fires destroyed more than 300 homes, with many more left damaged and unlivable. Now, seven years later, architect Illya Azaroff has designed and built a home there he says can withstand a storm even more powerful than Sandy, “maintaining operation, even if all else fails.’’

Welcome to the home of the future in a time of climate change. As weather gets wilder and less predictable, firms that design, construct or improve housing with storm safety and resiliency in mind are increasingly in demand, said Matt Belcher, a builder in tornado-prone St. Louis. It’s a powerful marketing message that cuts across the political divide, he said.

“The frequency and severity of the storms are increasing,” said Belcher, who builds houses designed to withstand 140 mile-an-hour winds. “Whether people credit it to climate change or think it’s cyclical, it doesn’t matter if your house is destroyed. Either way, resiliency applies.”…


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