FEMA To Show Off Storm-Resistant House In Snow Hill

The federal agency charged with helping recovery efforts in the wake of disasters wants to show North Carolinians how to make houses better able to withstand damage from major storms.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency will show off what it calls the "DAWG HAUS" starting Thursday at the Sweet Potato Festival in Snow Hill, an annual event expected to draw 25,000 people over three days.

FEMA workers built the wooden house as a model to show the benefits of storm-resistant construction methods. The house demonstrates how connectors, straps and ties at key joints can shift the pressure of high winds from the roof to the sturdier foundation.

The house's nickname stands for "Disaster Avoidance With Good Home Attenuating Unionization System."


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  • by Mike Location: Onslow on Oct 27, 2011 at 07:00 AM
    Very deceiving headliner. "storm resistant" Hmm Now I read down into the body and looky here;to withstand damage from major storms. IF it's meant to go it will go! Houses on stilts, solid block, etc. The way my "luck" runs I would build a block house and some volcano would just happen to find a fissure right next door. LOL As for the beach home idea. Remove them from the beach entirely and give back to GOD what belongs to GOD.
  • by "I Have A Dream" on Oct 27, 2011 at 04:30 AM
    I have an idea for homes at the beach to minimize damage and increase survivability of a major hurricane. I'm guessing it wouldn't be costwise, but if you had the money, you could have a house on the beach that would be safe in a category 4 direct hit.
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