Last year broke records for the number of named storms and hurricanes. The year also saw record growth in FORTIFIED Home™ Designations. As we tallied the Top 20 FORTIFIED Cities for 2020, the trends showed that FORTIFIED designations were already increasing before hurricane season began. 

After Hurricane Sally tested the largest concentration of FORTIFIED homes and FORTIFIED roofs in the nation in coastal Alabama, we expect an even greater uptake in stronger construction methods in many coastal areas. The superior performance of FORTIFIED homes and FORTIFIED roofs during the long-duration category 2 storm has convinced many homeowners to build back stronger using FORTIFIED.  

A FORTIFIED Roof™ is a roofing method that effectively withstands the wind and rain of up to category 3 hurricanes or higher. FORTIFIED homes survived a direct hit from category 5 Hurricane Michael. 

In some states, FORTIFIED qualifies homeowners for discounts on their insurance policies and provides tax credits. 

View our interactive map to see the number of FORTIFIED homes in cities near you and see the list of the Top 20 FORTIFIED Cities of 2020 below. There are a few new names on the list thanks to the Strengthen Your Roof grant program in North Carolina, while other cities moved up the list due to growth or an increased focus on resilience. 

Regardless of where your city stands, now is the time to invest in resilience and FORTIFIED before the next disaster visits your town. We can reduce the damage caused by tornados, hurricanes, thunderstorms, hail, and high winds. 

Data courtesy of the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety (IBHS). To see monthly updates on FORTIFIED Home™ designations by state, visit IBHS.org

Rank       CityState     Count of FORTIFIED Designations
  1   Mobile  AL          3,345
  2   Fairhope  AL          3,057
  3   Foley  AL          2,336
  4   Daphne  AL          2,300
  5   Gulf Shores  AL          1,609
  6   Spanish Fort  AL          1,543
  7   Orange Beach  AL          915
  8   Semmes  AL          580
  9   Theodore  AL          385
  10   Loxley  AL          375
  11   Saraland  AL          344
  12   Robertsdale  AL          311
  13   Gulfport  MS          259
  14   Dauphin Island  AL         256
  15   Oak Island  NC         249
  16   Kill Devil Hills  NC         238
  17   Ocean Springs  MS         229
  18   Elberta  AL         226
  19   Summerdale  AL         222
  20   Emerald Isle  NC         213
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