Homeowners hit by natural disasters like Hurricane Ida have something to celebrate as a USACE pilot trial with Stormseal proves to be a success. Under the current program, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) are banned from affixing temporary roofing onto surfaces as it might damage them. However, tarps simply don’t work on tiled, slate or metal roofs.
The pilot program trialed Stormseal as a solution for homes that are not eligible for the Blue Roof Program as a way to provide more secure temporary roofing. Stormseal film offers an exceptional alternative to tarps. After a 120-day installation report, the USACE are happy to report to FEMA that Stormseal is certifiably effective.
“I’ve been talking with USACE for the past five years outlining the benefits of Stormseal,” says Matthew Lennox from West Palm Beach, Florida-based Stormseal. “I’m so thrilled we could assist Operation Blue Roof and those affected by Hurricane Ida.”
The shrink wrap pilot program involved installing Stormseal’s product over a damaged roof, secured at the perimeter with furring strips. A contractor then uses heat to shrink the material and create a water-tight seal. The home selection process was done using the Center for Disease Control’s Social Vulnerability Index, to determine areas that needed the most support.
Homeowner Diane Gros, in Donaldsonville, Louisiana, said she had exhausted all of her options to make the necessary repairs to her home and didn’t have insurance. “Thank you all for what you are doing,” she said. “Until you called, nobody was willing to help me. What you are doing is pretty amazing.”
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Memphis District and Hurricane Ida Recovery Field Office commander, Col. Zachary Miller, says he’s optimistic about the new program.
“This is a game changer for survivors needing a temporary roof following a major storm event,” he said. “Disasters can devastate a region but being able to stay in your home while you recover is a win-win for the survivor and the community.”
USACE and FEMA will have evaluated the program and decided it can be used to help people affected by future natural disasters. The Stormseal trial with USACE / FEMA has been a success.
Original article source: Stormseal
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