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Whether it's hurricanes, earthquakes, tornadoes or high-wind storms, most of us are living in an area that is subject to one or more of these types of natural disasters. Unfortunately as we've seen or experienced, these events can be extremely destructive, often causing significant damage to homes and communities. There are ways, however, that you can help protect your home from the forces of Mother Nature.

Simpson Strong-Tie focuses on creating structural products that help support and strengthen the frames of homes and buildings, making them stronger and safer. Although most homeowners never see our products (they are hidden inside your walls), they play an important role in making sure your house stays together, especially during a natural disaster.

While national building codes require the use of structural connectors like those manufactured by Simpson Strong-Tie in new home construction, these codes are not always followed or enforced in all parts of the country. If you own a home or are considering buying a home, you should know what's behind your walls – it really can make the difference in whether or not your home is still standing after the next big storm or earthquake.

To help you learn more about the structural integrity of your home and how to improve and protect it, we've put together step-by-step information on structural safety, useful questions you can ask your builder or remodeler, and an overview of how different types of natural disasters affect your home.

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