In 1992, Habitat for Humanity made international headlines when all of its houses in the path of Hurricane Andrew survived the storm. When Hurricane Charley hit Southwest Florida on Aug. 13, Habitat houses once again held up against the deluge. In Fort Myers, Habitat reported that only two of more than 500 houses sustained major damage. One house was hit by lightning, and the other had a tree go through the roof. In Charlotte County, which bore the brunt of the storm, many of the affiliate's 65-plus houses were damaged, but all remained structurally sound. Habitat attributes its success to its volunteers, who aren't punching a clock or trying to cut corners to save money. They treat each house as they would their own and basically overbuild it. And, of course, they're all built to code.
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