It's your choice.

6.3 Million Florida Homes Are Highly Vulnerable to Wind Hazards
Simple Retrofits Mitigate This Risk

Coming soon!

Decades of research. At your fingertips.

Knowing your risk is important, but only if you act on it! Fortunately the ResilientResidence application is here to help. Using the Florida Hurricane Public Loss Model, the three most effective retrofits for your home are recommended, giving you the option to choose which work best for you. Once you have made your choices, find nearby contractors to implement them, explore possible state and federal funding opportunities to offset costs, and discover how much money you can save on your insurance premiums - all from one place! Make the smart choice – protect your home, and your family!

Simple, and Savvy.

Making the smart choice should be easy. And now it finally is! The ResiliantResidence app is your one-stop hub for all the information you need to protect you and your family from wind disasters. Through an intuitive, step-by-step process, it collects the critical information on your home, giving you helpful hints along the way. This information is then used to provide your personalized risk - based upon an established, science-based catastrophe model known as the Florida Hurricane Public Loss Model.

Where It All Began.

The four founding members delivered their inaugural presentation on November 21, 2013.

Researchers turned entrepreneurs.

A team of University of Florida graduate students involved in hurricane research, the MitiGators, accepted a challenge created by FLASH, the Federal Alliance for Safe Homes, to create a science-informed, practical and simple solution that effectively makes homes stronger, and better able to withstand high winds associated with hurricanes. They met that challenge and were awarded $20,000 to bring their winning idea to fruition - crash ratings for homes. ResilientResidence is a mobile application empowering homeowners to know how their homes will stand storms, and intelligently suggest retrofits to mitigate this risk.

The MitiGators

at the University of Florida

Structural Engineer
Daniel Smith

Daniel Smith

Daniel Smith received his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering (magna cum laude) in the fall of 2010 from the University of Florida. He joined the wind research group working with Dr. Forrest Masters in the fall of 2011. His undergraduate summers were spent interning for mechanical and structural engineering firms in South Florida. Daniel was a member of both the 2011 Hurricane Irene and 2012 Hurricane Sandy FCMP deployment teams. His current research investigates the wind resistance of discontinuous roofing systems. Daniel expects to complete is doctorate in civil engineering in August of 2014. Outside the research setting, Daniel is passionate about traveling and has visited over 15 countries outside the United States. Daniel also enjoys a wide range of extreme sports from rock climbing to spearfishing.

Structural Engineer
David Roueche

David Roueche

David Roueche began his undergraduate degree studying Engineering Physics at Jacksonville University. While there, David involved himself in environmental science research at the Millar Wilson Laboratory of Environmental Science focusing on water pollutants in Florida's longest river, the St. John's River. He later completed his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering after transferring to the University of Florida. Right away, he had the opportunity to join Dr. Prevatt's research team and has been involved in a number of projects ever since, mostly focused on improving the performance of residential homes in extreme wind events. After graduating, he joined Dr. Prevatt in an expedition to survey the damage done to areas of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and Joplin, Missouri after the 2011 tornado season. David returned with a desire to pursue the mitigation of the losses to property and lives due to tornadoes and other wind related catastrophes. Currently, David is pursuing his Ph.D. in this very subject. Outside of school, David enjoys spending time with his wife, being involved in his church, playing basketball, and working out.

Structural Engineer
Austin Thompson

Austin Thompson

Austin Thompson received his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering in the spring of 2013 from the University of Florida. While pursuing his undergraduate degree he was an involved member of an Engineers Without Borders international project team that worked to provide a sustainable water source to a community in Bolivia. He has also worked with other humanitarian engineering organizations such as EMI^2 to help bring shelter to less fortunate people in developing countries. He has recently joined Dr. Prevatt's wind research group with a great desire to learn what it takes to reduce the loss of lives and property in extreme wind events all over the world. While not researching, he enjoys hiking, rock climbing and playing soccer.

Associate Professor
Dr. David O. Prevatt, PE

Dr. David O. Prevatt, PE

David O. Prevatt, an assistant professor in the department of civil and coastal engineering, at the University of Florida focuses his research on the mitigation of extreme wind damage to low-rise construction and particularly the performance of existing residential structures. Prevatt is the principal investigator of a RAPID research project funded by the National Science Foundation, to document damage to residential buildings following the tornado that devastated Tuscaloosa, Ala., on 27 April 2011. A month later, he reconvened his team of investigators, to visit Joplin, Mo., and assess the damage that occurred there to residential structures, critical facilities and schools. His research will address ways to ultimately reduce the extensive losses and disruption to normal life caused by tornadoes, particularly in the inventory of existing residential buildings. Prevatt is examining whether building practices, like those adopted in Florida to prevent hurricane damage (e.g. strengthened connections and debris protection), and new materials could help with protecting structures against tornadoes.

Structural Engineer
Craig Dixon

Craig Dixon

Craig Dixon received his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering in the fall of 2008 from the University of Florida, and joined Dr. Prevatt's wind research group in the fall of 2009. Before graduating, he spent six summers interning for forensic structural and building envelope consulting firms. During his undergrad, his research focused on the interaction of wind with wood roof sheathing and standing seam metal roofing. Currently, Craig’s research is focused on the wind resistance of asphalt shingles.
Away from school, Craig enjoys everything outdoors, from camping to triathlons. Craig is highly involved in the University of Florida Triathlon team, having been the president of the group and running over 40 endurance athletic events.

Chief Technical Officer
Eric L. Pheterson

Eric L. Pheterson

Eric L. Pheterson graduated from the University of Florida in 2012 with bachelors degrees in Aerospace & Mechanical Engineering along with a minor in Computer Science. Eric served as the head of IT for the Center for Infrastructure Protection and Physical Security, managing its computing infrastructure and web presence, where he designed, built and deployed a 144-core supercomputer used for FEA modeling. After graduation, Eric founded GOOD Inc. as a product-design company to bring the ideas from his notebooks and others to life. Eric now does freelance engineering and IT consulting, enabling the dreams of others. While Eric isn't deriving joy from hard work, he's actively exploring new technologies or relaxing over a beer.

In The News

App offers advice on hurricane safety
January 19, 2014 | Orlando Sentinel
MitiGators wins big with disaster-resilient homes
November 26, 2013 | UF College of Engineering News
Federal Alliance for Safe Homes Announces University of Florida "MitiGators" as Winners of RenaissanceRe $20,000 Challenge
November 25, 2013 | Tampa Bay Business Journal

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