Concrete and masonry homes have a proven record of good performance in high winds. The solid construction is strong to resist the buffeting forces and its weight is a benefit against uplift that can harm lighter systems. This results in lives saved and property value conserved. If repairs are needed, they are generally completed faster and with less effort. For new construction and rebuilding in tornado-prone areas, concrete and concrete masonry make sense.
Each year, many regions of the United States—not to mention all over the world—are affected by tornadoes, hurricanes, and cyclones. Many stories reported over the years have shown how buildings can protect occupants or not. Some past Florida hurricanes, Andrew in particular, were the impetus for improvements to building codes that made construction safer. These changes included provisions for tie-downs, connections, and roof ballast.
When building new construction or replacing damaged structures in any area, an honest assessment ought to be made to determine the likelihood of future high wind events. Because this topic potentially has major implications, it should be given serious consideration. The greater the chance for strong winds, the more compelling the argument for building in concrete or masonry.