Thursday, June 2, 2011 - Learn About Hurricane Preparedness At The SLC Hurricane HouseThe 2011 Hurricane Season began on Wednesday, June 1.
The UF/IFAS St. Lucie County Cooperative Extension stands ready to educate residents about hurricane-resistant construction through programs offered at the County’s Hurricane House. The 3,000-square-foot house next to the St. Lucie County Extension Office in Fort Pierce - officially known as the Windstorm Damage Mitigation, Training and Demonstration Center - shows residents how existing homes can be made more hurricane-resistant. Materials, products and construction methods, which meet or exceed state building codes, can be used in new homes or to retrofit existing structures.
Homeowners and builders can visit the hurricane house to see different types of window shutters and other features, such as impact-resistant doors, a steel "safe room" and a garage door that will withstand high velocity winds. Visitors also can see exposed sections of interior walls that show alternative construction methods, such as insulated concrete forms, to build stronger and more energy-efficient homes. The insulated concrete form uses reinforcement bars and concrete sandwiched between plastic foam sheets.
The Hurricane House is a magnet for builders and residents to learn about wind-loss mitigation, energy efficiency and environmentally sensitive construction.
For additional information or to schedule an appointment, contact Karla at 772-462-1660. A map to our facility is available online at http://stlucie.ifas.ufl.edu.