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[Blog] Going Green and Building Strong: Affordable Homes that are Sustainable and Durable: Communities that p...

Julie Rochman, President & CEO, Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety Communities that prepare for disasters are more resilient; their businesses reopen faster, houses suffer less damage so homeowners return to work faster. Also, less debris from damaged and destroyed buildings ends up in landfills, making communities with strong, durable buildings more sustainable, as well as more resilient. How do communities become resilient? It starts with strengthening the built environment of homes and businesses to make them more disaster-resistant. When a tropical depression brought high winds, driving rain and flash flooding to Baldwin County, Ala., on April 30, 2014, Maureen Fitzgerald went outside to check on her property. As she stepped off her porch she could see the nearby Fish River had overtopped its banks. After a few minutes, she walked up the porch steps, knowin...

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