Extreme weather events like Hurricane Irma can, at a minimum, disrupt regular daily life. Even the remnants of storms can create dangerous circumstances for homeowners in any area. Rockbridge has experienced floods, tornadoes and extreme heat events.
The houses built by Rockbridge Area Habitat are strong and constructed in safe areas. Habitat houses are not built in flood zones in Rockbridge County and its cities. There's never a guarantee about "acts of God," but RAHfH does its part to build safe houses that can withstand typical stormy weather in the area.
Also, since there may be a time when residents must shelter in place for days at a time due to an emergency, homeowners are given a home maintenance handbook that includes information on emergency preparedness; lists of how much food and water to have on hand, and what other non-perishable items may be needed like battery-operated radios, pet supplies, adequate amounts of medications, and a complete first aid kit.
For complete lists of what you should have in your emergency kit, go to websites such as CDC.gov, www.ors.od.nih.gov/ser/dem/emergencyPrep/Pages/Disaster-Preparedness-Tips.aspx, or search "emergency preparedness" online.