Keep Safe

A Guide for Resilient Housing Design in Island Communities

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To meet the immediate demand for practical design and construction guidance, Enterprise, in collaboration with our partners, produced a guide to help shape housing construction in Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and the Florida Keys. Keep Safe seeks to make reconstructed homes able to sustain impacts from natural hazards like hurricanes, earthquakes and flooding.


 


 

COMMUNITIES TOGETHER

A Guide for Resilient Community Center Design in Island Communities

Communities Together aims to discern individual and community needs that a Community Resilient Hub can provide, offer strategies to enhance community preparedness, and highlight physical design and infrastructure elements essential to withstand chronic stresses and acute shocks.

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COMUNIDADES UNIDAS

Una Guía para el Diseño de Centros Comunitarios Resilientes en Comunidades Isleñas

Comunidades Unidas propone a discerner a las necesidades individuales y comunales que pude proveer un centro de la comúnidad resistente, ofrece estrategias para mejorar la preparación de la comunidad, y destacar el diseño físico y los elementos de infraestructura esencial para resistir a los estreses crónicos y a los tremors agudos.

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Keep Safe will also help you to identify the best ways to adapt a home or residential facility as well as everyday practices to the perils of climate change. You don’t need financial reserves or construction expertise to make changes that protect you and the people you love from disaster. Whether you plan to build a new house or want to retrofit the one you live in now, you will find strategies that reap multiple benefits of your investment.

Keep Safe is produced as part of Enterprise Community Partners’ Climate Strong Islands Initiative (CSII). CSII is also designed to help with long-term recovery and anticipate future climate effects. As we safeguard homes and communities from future risk, we are helping build an infrastructure of community leaders and organizations committed to equitable and responsive communities. 

KEEP SAFE IS DIGITIZED
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Take a look at what’s in the guide

Our Impact in the Construction Industry

Watch Jennifer Joseph- James, CEO of Roof Reinforcers, explain the importance of the Keep Safe Guide for her work.

Using this Guide in Your Work

The Keep Safe Guide covers and aids numerous field and industry professionals. See how the guide could be useful in your work.

Our Work with Partners

Watch Deanna James, President of St. Croix Foundation for Community Development, explain discuss the most critical resilience needs in St. Croix and the importance of the Keep Safe Guide for her work.

Critical Information

Learn the critical information you need to build resilient homes.

Our Impact on Housing Agencies

Watch Antoinette Fleming, Director for CBDG Disaster Recovery of the Virgin Island Housing Authority, explain the importance of the Keep Safe Guide to help shape housing construction in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Teaching Sustainability

Find out ways you can educate and train people to learn resiliency and sustainability when rebuilding communities.

Building Relationships with this Manual

Relationship building and organizing are crucial elements for creating resilient communities. Find out ways you can help bridge the gap.

Community Organizing and Support

Community needs are just as important before an emergency as they are after. See how you can prepare for natural disasters before they occur. 

Why the Keep Safe Guide was Created

Intentionality is the core of this manual. Find out why it was created.

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Our Impact in the Construction Industry
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Using this Guide in Your Work
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Our Impact on Housing Agencies
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Teaching Sustainability
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