Resilience Action Fund Program:
Grassroots Resilience Implementation
One such pioneering initiative is led by Smart Home America (SHA), a grassroots non-profit organization out of Mobile, Alabama (www.smarthomeamerica.org). Without government or NGO support, SHA on its own has become the leader in promoting, developing and certifying Fortified homes. Fortified is a wind-resilient construction and rating standard recently developed by the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety (IBHS).
Over the past 3 years SHA has certified over a 1000 homes in the vulnerable Alabama coastline. SHA was able to secure incentives from local insurance companies to incentivize its program. It is now looking to transfer knowledge and experience to other vulnerable areas, such as Texas and South Carolina.