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From a protect-your-home standpoint, there are two ways to thumb your nose at Hurricane Irene and other natural disasters like her.

Option One: Have an insurance policy that covers windstorm damage and flooding (or whatever natural disasters are typical in your area). Two, fortify your house so that should a disaster strike, the building has a better chance of making it through undamaged — which keeps you safe if you’re weathering in place better phrase? confusing, and gives you a home to come back to, if you’ve evacuated.

Option Two comes with some financial incentives. As we reported earlier this year, more insurers are offering policy discounts:

“In addition to saving lives or keeping a home standing, the insurance savings can be substantial, advocates say. Depending on the state and extent of the modifications, discounts can run as high as 35% of the policy, insurers say. An Alabama resident on the Gulf Coast, for example, might save up to 10% for installing wind-resistant windows and doors. This is especially important for homeowners in high-risk areas that have already seen their insurance rates rise. State Farm, for example, offers policy discounts of up to 27% in Texas for impact-resistant roofing to limit hail damage. In Wyoming and New Mexico, it offers as much as 30% off.”

Talk to your insurer to find out what discounts are available in your area. Not every modification qualifies — fortified safe rooms, which FEMA recommends in tornado-prone areas, are a notable exception. Those projects that do must be built to specific standards to be eligible for the deal.

Even if there’s no insurance benefit, state deals can help subsidize the cost of your project: According to our article:

“Beyond the new insurance rules, many states are also offering ways to cut the costs of disaster-proofing improvements. Virginia and Louisiana have both hosted annual hurricane-preparedness sales-tax holidays during May since 2008, covering purchases such as back-up generators and storm shutters. (Earlier this year, the American Legislative Exchange Council, a membership group of state legislators, passed a measure encouraging other states to do the same.) Homeowners building a safe room may be eligible for federal or state grants; Mississippi, for example, reimburses 75% of the cost, up to $4,000, for a single-family shelter. And those impact-resistant windows and doors may qualify buyers for an energy-efficiency tax credit for 10% of the cost, up to $200 for windows and up to $500 total.”

Just don’t cancel Option One, that solid insurance policy. As Julie Rochman, the chief executive of the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety, told us in May: “There’s no such thing as a guarantee. If you’re talking about an F4 or F5 tornado bearing down on you, at some point Mother Nature is going to overpower any engineering.”

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need to know
European stocks snap 7-day losing streak
FTSE 100 wobbles after sinking to 3-year low
Nissan net jumps 25% on U.S., Europe sales
Moller-Maersk earnings hit by oil, freight falls
SoftBank profit falls sharply, misses views
Oil hovers above $28 | Dollar falls vs. yen

Disney's ESPN woes undercut 'Star Wars' gain
What to expect from Whole Foods earnings
Japan stocks fall to lowest level since 2014

Why is everyone freaking out about ‘CoCos’?
Convertible bonds are alluring as stocks fall

Five questions that Janet Yellen must answer
Yellen may say goal is not to slow the economy
Fed: Too white, too male, too many bankers?
Expansion won’t die of old age: S.F. Fed study

Tim Cook deletes Super Bowl tweet after mockery

IRS says identity thieves breached its systems
How to know if your tax preparer is a crook
Tax software firm warns of data breach
White House's lesson about online security

Is it wise to hold onto cash reserves?

The sad truth of why retirement
is a myth

Why you should consider retiring abroad

Asahi bids more than $3.5 bln for Peroni, Grolsch
Heineken lifts dividend as profit rises
Carlsberg reports surprise net profit
Greene King sales rise, cheered by Christmas


Burberry sues, says J.C. Penney copied its designs
Hermès sales up 15% on euro, Asian demand

S.F. real estate looks like it did before dot-com crash
Every major city in the world, in one map

Americans quitting their jobs hit a nine-year high
NFIB survey hints wage gains are fleeting
Job openings are second highest on record

Recipe for less boring Oscar speeches

What to know before buying Beyoncé tickets

How to get mortgage approved: hope for sunny day

This stock market has been Europe’s best in 2016
Europe’s battles: migrants, ‘Brexit’ and ECB

Strategists are arguing that stocks need a true purge

A strand of Lennon’s hair is selling for $12,000

Do elite colleges really lead to higher salaries?
Make a lot of money without the Ivy League
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99 Cent Gas May Be on Its Way
99-cents-a-gallon gas may be on its way: 24/7 Wall St.
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127.74MDow Volume:
Avg Vol: 130.29M
Unchanged
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Decliners
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2073
Price Chg %Chg 1 Day
Range: 1 Day
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Dow
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Nasdaq
/quotes/zigman/12633936/realtime 4,269 -15 0.35%
S&P 500
/quotes/zigman/3870025/realtime 1,852 -1 0.07%
GlobalDow
/quotes/zigman/629063/realtime 2,092 +8 0.36%
Gold
/quotes/zigman/33772884/delayed 1,183 -15 1.28%
Oil
/quotes/zigman/2260836/delayed 28.56 +0.62 2.22%
FTSE 100
/quotes/zigman/3173262/delayed 5,697 +65 1.16%
DAX
/quotes/zigman/2380246/delayed 9,067 +187 2.11%
CAC 40
/quotes/zigman/3173214/delayed 4,082 +84 2.11%
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/quotes/zigman/1482176/delayed 16,600 +687 4.32%
IBEX 35
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Stoxx 600
/quotes/zigman/2380150/delayed 316 +7 2.21%
Asia Dow
/quotes/zigman/6959860/realtime 2,455 -15 0.63%
Nikkei 225
/quotes/zigman/5986735/delayed 15,713 -372 2.31%
Hang Seng
/quotes/zigman/2622475/delayed 19,288 +105 0.55%
Shanghai
/quotes/zigman/1859015/delayed 2,763 -18 0.63%
Sensex
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Singapore
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Euro
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Pound
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Australia$
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DXY Index
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AAPL /quotes/zigman/68270/composite 94.99 -0.02 -0.02%
GOOG /quotes/zigman/59527964/composite 678.11 -4.63 -0.68%
BAC /quotes/zigman/190927/composite 12.20 -0.07 -0.57%
C /quotes/zigman/5065548/composite 37.51 -0.30 -0.79%
F /quotes/zigman/264304/composite 11.35 -0.24 -2.07%
T /quotes/zigman/398198/composite 36.65 -0.46 -1.24%
BP /quotes/zigman/247026/composite 28.95 -0.97 -3.24%
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Low Interest 11.96% 11.96% 11.62%
Business 13.12% 13.12% 12.85%
Student 13.42% 13.42% 13.14%
Balance Transfer 14.35% 14.35% 14.12%
Airline 15.17% 15.17% 15.10%
Cash Back 15.26% 15.26% 15.27%
Reward 15.28% 15.28% 15.14%
Instant Approval 18.21% 18.21% 18.00%
Bad Credit 22.88% 22.88% 22.73%
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