Rebuild NWF Hurricane Mitigation Program

Emerald Coast Constructors is a Construction Manager for Rebuild Northwest Florida’s Residential Hurricane Mitigation Program. This program is the only one of its kind in the United States. There are no income or home value criteria to participate in the program. Rebuild's goal is to provide homeowners with assistance to fortify their homes against hurricane force winds. Due to its success, Rebuild received $39 million in March 2011 to assist in hardening 5,000 more homes in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties.

With this specific program, FEMA provides 75% of the cost of improvements and the homeowner is responsible for the additional 25% of the cost.

Mitigating a home means strengthening it against hurricane force winds to make it safer, providing increased levels of protection for homeowners and their families.

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  • Reduced property loss due to hurricane force winds.
  • Eligibility to receive discounts on windstorm insurance.
  • Less damage to irreplaceable possessions.
  • Less likelihood of homeowner displacement immediately following a storm.
  • Increased resale value of home.


Mitigation Techniques

Roof Deck Attachment

Roof Structure Bracing
Opening Protection

Program Process

1. Initial Eligibility is Determined

After you "sign up" or contact us we will forward your information to Rebuild to determine your eligibility using the following criteria:

  • Applicants must occupy a single family detached home as their residence.
  • The unit must be an owner occupied home.
  • Homestead exemption is required.
  • The property cannot be a mobile or manufactured home, apartment, duplex or town home.
  • The home must be built before the 2002 Florida Building Code.
2. Application Completed

After initial eligibility is confirmed you will be offered an opportunity to complete Rebuild's application program. This process can be completed in their office or by e-mail.

3. Inspections and Engineering

After the application is completed and a $200 inspection deposit is paid, REBUILD will schedule an inspection of your home. A licensed structural engineer will review the inspection results to determine a recommended scope of work.

4. Bidding

The inspection information is submitted to our funders for approval. After approval is received we will request a bid for your project.

5. Notification and Paperwork

You will be notified after the bidding process of your final payment. The final payment along with additional “closing” paperwork is required before construction can begin.

6. Construction

Once the final paperwork is completed, the project is released to the construction management firm to begin construction.

7. Final Inspections

Upon completion of the improvements on your home, a final inspection by your assigned Construction Management Firm will be completed. This inspection is used to ensure that the work was completed in a professional manner and in accordance with the engineer's scope of work. All work is permitted and inspected by the appropriate local building inspection office.

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Benefits of Mitigation

  • Qualified improvements may include:
    Roof to Wall Connections
    Roof Deck Attachment
    Opening Protection (Shutters)
    Hurricane Rated Doors







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