Some of the codes for building at the shores take some of this into
consideration already. Most have to be raised about eight feet and no
utilities below that.
I'd probably use ICF construction. www.polysteel.com or
www.integraspec.com While the outside may have superficial damage, the
walls would not collapse. Shutters for the windows.
Plenty of supplies on hand, but I'd also have some sort of water
filtration/purification system. Generator, of course, but I'm now sure that
the best fuel would be. You'd want at least a two week fuel supply and
something easily replenished if longer term is needed.
In the Keys it is assumed you can't evaculate, so they are built to
I don't know details, but they are all on piers with heavy storm shutters.
Of course, they are above sealevel; not below it like NO. I suppose the
piers would have to be 15' higher, which doesn't seem practical.
Add Composting toilets, solar electric power and a large water storage tank
Dome type concrete construction with garage on bottom with water flow
through capability (open doors to let storm surge through) oh wait, I saw
one of these on Discovery channel already built in Florida. Built to
withstand over 300 mph winds.
I'd build it using reinforced concrete with metal shutters to close over
the windows, it's own 30 day water supply and enough fuel to power a
backup generator for that same amount of time, and I'd build it on
columns at least 20' tall above the ground, or whatever the storm surge
level from a cat 5 storm is expected to be in that area.
So let's do a FULL recap of this house. I am going to save this for future use
Let's fill in the blanks and develope this and have it stand the test of
back-and-forth until we ALL agree on the resultant.
Let's also be realistic, but don't limit yourself. Let's be practical but
without any sacrifice on anything for the sake of safety & security most
FUTURE BUILDING SITE: N.O.
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ROOF SYSTEM: ?
DOORS & WINDOWS: ?
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On Fri, 09 Sep 2005 21:29:53 +0000, Saab Guy wrote:
Additionally, some means of steerage / propulsion when floating. Fish
traps while afloat. Ability to remain floating and maintain steerageway
while covered with humans clinging to the outside. Possibly embed rebar
handles for same to hold onto in the roof.
Carry enough food to serve as an ark for those on the outside for a week
with a one-way door to ration it out.
The idea is to keep the owner relatively safe while keeping in mind that
if it breaks free of its pilings, it will likely be the largest thing
afloat for miles.
Jes' my 'first approximation' thoughts on the matter. High winds argue for
a rounded shape. High waters argue for flotability. Loss of external
services argues for self-containment following the incident. Inability to
predict the actual threat argues against anchoring it permenently. Any
storm large enough to dislodge it argues for secondary use as a life boat.
Personal security argues for waterproof and force (crowbar) resistant
shutters under manual control.
I would also argue for stocking a Bible and becoming thoroughly familiar
with it beforehand because there are some things that simply can't be
engineered against. Ever. Like the earthquake the day of the storm that
wedges the pilings too tight for the structure to float free and the 80
foot tsunami that renders the shutters useless. Or the aftermath of the
storm when you realize that you are bobbing in a two inch thick layer of
kerosene ... and surrounded by flames.
Having a house that is ONLY hurricane proof ONLY works if the disaster
that strikes looks a lot like a hurricane. Not much use against falling
Stealth bombers or bulldozers under a court order. Or pestilence. Or food
W Canaday (in firstname.lastname@example.org) said:
| Carry enough food to serve as an ark for those on the outside for a
| week with a one-way door to ration it out.
If it's to be an ark, then stretch that week to forty days (to allow
FEMA adequate time for response). Add a helipad for Coast Guard
evacuation of the hangers-on.
Caution: Federal law prohibits direct discharge of raw sewage into
coastal waters. Your ark may require sanitation systems of heroic
Yes, and if subjected to heavy wave action it would probably fail. Cat 3
Katrina tore up a lot of heavy duty structures. But even before those
considerations it would cost way too much and would not pass residential
codes because it would be an eyesore.
A realistic house would have to be one at ground level that could
survive immersion. I think that means a heavy stone/cement igloo shaped
It should (like all others that need to be rebuilt) be placed in a
different location that has stable soil, isn't below sea level and
further inland so it isn't prone to the significant force of a hurricane
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