How do you build a sufficient number of safe homes capable of surviving natural disasters in low-income neighborhoods or Section-8 public housing?
That was a key question at a panel in
“There will be another Katrina,” warned Bill Stallworth of the Hope Community Development Agency. Stallworth argued that pre-disaster mitigation is the key to both keeping families safe in their homes and helping to save money over the long term.
Miles Anderson of the Florida Emergency Management Agency agreed.
But the group continues to run into challenges. It’s important that mitigation dollars get to local communities quicker because the local communities have a greater understanding of their specific needs,
Craig Tillman of WeatherPredict Consulting, Inc. stressed new technologies that can protect homes from roof cover damage due to high winds. For example, existing buildings can be spared from hurricane winds by improving the aerodynamics of their roofs to prevent uplift forces from ripping them off.
All of the panelists stressed the need to bring all stakeholders. But who are the stakeholders? Almost everyone, according to Tillman. Renters and owners, insurers and local, federal and state government all have important motivations for leveraging mitigation to reduce risk of human life to the known and increasing risks of natural disasters.
This post was submitted by Safe Homes for All. NHC member partner WealtherPredict Consulting, Inc., is the primary organizer of the Safe Homes for All Forum being held today in Washington, DC. .