FEMA Shows Off New Storm Resistant Home Design To Students

Some Mississippi students are working with FEMA to design homes that are safer, stronger and smarter.

Monday, members of the Crystal Springs' Job Corps program showed off a model of a house they claim can stand up to a category five hurricane.

It's been dubbed the "Dawg Haus" and is built with concrete pilings instead of wood to withstand a strong storm surge. The pilings are tied together at the top and the floor deck is made of concrete hollow planks.

FEMA engineers say it's important to show young people better ways to build homes.

"These are going to be our contractors of the future. So rather than they go out in the field and take a look at ways that things have always been built, they can actually see what FEMA has learned over the long haul, on ways to improve construction to make homes more substantial," FEMA's Howard Bochiardy said.

FEMA is also working on two other home prototypes. One is a house built entirely of concrete. The other is a house built up on concrete slabs instead of on pilings.