As the Caribbean and the state of Florida recover from the destruction and devastation that Hurricane Irma left behind, the stories of those who fared well with minimal damage keep popping up. The common denominator behind these success stories is concrete block construction.
In South Florida, even the horses took shelter in a concrete block home which was the perfect refuge during an epic storm for both humans and animals.
All the way up in Chicago, some of the Cubs players knew their off season homes would be safe since they were built with concrete block. “My house is concrete, so it will hold against the wind,” Rene Rivera said. “But about 20 to 30 percent of the other homes in the area are made of wood and that could be trouble.”
Richard Branson along with his team chose to ride out the storm on his private island in the British Virgin Islands, and sought shelter in a concrete wine cellar. He joked, “Knowing our wonderful team as I do, I suspect there will be little wine left in the cellar when we all emerge”.
With 25% of the homes in the Florida Keys destroyed, retired football coach Jimmy Johnson returned to his home to find a lot of damage from storm surge. His beautiful pool, tiki hut, and docks will need to be rebuilt, but his home’s structure as well as the guest house on the property however were unscathed as they were built with concrete block.
Residents in the upper Keys were able to return home last week, and Petrona Hernandez who spoke with Fox New said her concrete block home on Plantation Key was also unscathed, others only a few blocks away built with wood were devastated.
If a big storm is heading your way, will you feel as secure as they did?