The “opportunity” to rebuild thinly veils the great loss that has occurred and my heart goes out to those in need. Let us also take this “opportunity” to make those homes better and all of ours.
Our homes should be safe places and while some natural disasters cannot be avoided no matter the type of building, it is important to consider saftey first. For those homes that survive events like this or Hurricane Sandy, the ability to weather the storm longer is, in my mind, the strongest argument for energy efficiency.
Properly sheltered from the elements, a well insulated and air sealed home lasts longer in the extreme heat or cold. Energy efficient lighting and appliances and their reduced load are better suited for alternative power supplies such as battery back-up or generators.
Take this “opportunity” to help now, here are some resources, and help plan for the future too.