Nearly 20 property developers in coastal Alabama used FORTIFIED Commercial™ construction standards before Category 2 Hurricane Sally's landfall in September 2020. Peak wind gusts reached over 120 mph as the storm inched through the region at 3-5 mph, exposing many areas to eyewall windspeeds for up to eight hours. All the FORTIFIED Commercial properties saw little to no damage and continued operations, and saw reduced downtime after the storm.
The Lodge at Gulf State Park's General Manager, Bill Bennett, was interviewed by the Institute for Business and Home Safety immediately after Hurricane Sally. The Lodge is the first FORTIFIED Commercial™ building in the world. The Hotel withstood several hurricanes during 2020 and served as a haven during and after Hurricane Sally for employees, community members, and first responders.
Before Hurricane Zeta, the Weather Channel interviewed Bill Bennett about how well The Lodge withstood Hurricane Sally and how prepared the hotel was for yet another hurricane, Hurricane Zeta, in October 2020.
Eastern Shore Chiropractic was another FORTIFIED Commercial building that received no damage during Hurricane Sally. The owner and architect talk with IBHS about the strength of their building and how happy they are that they did not have to rebuild or repair anything.