Against the Storm: Importance of Disaster-proof Houses

By: John Christoper Lara | Groundbreak

Filipinos are well known for being resilient and strong-willed but this does not save them from the devastations of natural calamities which often strike parts of their country leaving millions affected on its wake and many infrastructures destroyed in its aftermath.

Having a home that will withstand a disaster is part of a Filipino’s safety and security concerns. However, many still fail to have this preparation when it comes to their properties due to a lot of factors including insufficient funding.

Studies show that a large number of Filipinos lack disaster preparedness which often leads to a high number of casualty and severe damage on the aftermath of a typhoon and most of these people points out poverty as one of the main causes why they are not able to prepare.

This is why it is also important for the government to intervene and assist Filipino families with their needs including a safe place for their residence. Providing families with a location and a structure that can hold together despite the challenges of nature is essential in stopping any untoward incidents which can bring harm to the people.

Actually, one fact that is not known to many of us is that, safe and disaster resilient-homes do not always require being expensive. Many government organizations and even students from different universities plan and launch projects involving the invention of structures which can stand against the force of nature. But, you might be wondering about what the essential parts of a residential property are for it to become resilient to disasters?

Here are some of the basic components that are seen to be important when it comes to development.

First, its longevity (includes being insect or rot-free)

Of course, one of the most important factors that must be considered in developing a house is how long it would last on its ideal condition, given the elements existing around it challenging it from day to day. These elements will easily lessen the lifespan of the property as it slowly causes deterioration on several parts from within the core of the house. With weak foundation, your home can be easily shattered leaving you without any protection left from the outpour.                          

Storm Resistance

A number of typhoons hit the country annually and it leaves dead people and destroyed buildings particularly homes through flashflood and thunderstorm. So, this is one of the major needs of Filipino homes; to be able to survive and protect the families living beneath it from strong and devastating storm.

We don’t want another Yolanda or Ondoy to happen again taking toll of a thousand lives and destroying millions worth of properties. Though, we cannot control the climate or stop it from delivering deadly blows but certainly, we can prepare for its forthcoming and brace our homes to make sure damage will be prevented or at least minimized.

Now, if you are an average Filipino which don’t have much for the funding of reconstructing your home to become storm-proof, at least be aware of the following aspects on which you can modify to assure you have a home that is ready to protect you in time of calamities

  1. Fortified walls and foundations

Most commonly, these parts hold the strength of your home. So, investing to reinforce these parts is a wise move to make your home more resistant to storm surges and heavy rains. It is okay to be decorative but some fancy materials are most often lightweight making it not advisable if you really want a sturdy abode.

  1. Floating house

Another trend today is the invention of floating houses. This is a solution brought up due to the problem of flooding especially to catch-basin areas and lowlands. This works by putting inflatable base on a home which will carry the whole house incase water level rises. It also has anchors which will support and make sure the house will stay on its place and won’t get carried by the flashfloods.

  1. Reshaping houses

Who said igloo houses are just for cold countries like Alaska? Actually, its shape is also very useful against typhoons and. Its round-shaped roof and bunker type appearance make it stand stronger unlike the usual triangular roof which will easily be blown off by strong winds. Reshaping innovations has led experts to discover how to reduce the impact of calamities on houses. So it is wise to also consider this when forging a home.

The reality today is that Filipinos need not only presentable homes but also those that can assure their safety especially on a country like this where calamities come from time to time. It is something important that needs to be given focus because it is lives depend on. It is a way to make sure that we don’t have to fear going against the storm because we know we’re safe and ready.

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