Foley ranks third in the United States in building “fortified” homes designed to withstand the impact of hurricanes and other weather events, according to the most recent report from SmartHomes America. Fortified homes are built with reinforced roofs and other measures intended to protect the buildings from storm damage.

The owners of fortified homes can get tax breaks and reduced insurance costs because the houses are designed to withstand hurricane-force winds. More information on savings is available at