By applying the following "code enhancements," you can dramatically improve the odds that your home -- and you -- will survive wind disasters.

1. House shape and size: One-story homes with shallow roof pitch fare best.

2. Siding: Consider brick, rock, wood or fiber cement.

3. Foundation anchorage: Properly lay out and install foundation anchors.

4. Wall top plates: Overlap wall top plates and nail them securely at all corners to
 prevent wall blowouts.

5. Roof tie: Connect the trusses/rafters to wall studs using steel straps.

6. Roofing: Add a few extra nails to roof coverings.

7. Shelters: Construct a below ground storm shelter or an above ground reinforced safe room.

-- National Association of Home Builders Research Center