Just because an old house has withstood a storm or two in its day, don't assume that it will survive another. The State of Florida has a program called My Safe Florida Home, designed to help homeowners make their houses better able to withstand natural disasters such as hurricanes. The Florida Division of Historic Resources has made available online its Guidelines for Retrofit Improvements to Historic Properties Assisted by the My Safe Florida Home Matching Grant Program. The purpose is to minimize negative impacts to the character of historic houses being retrofitted. The Guidelines include specific recommendations for roofing, walls, porches, doors, and windows.
The Division of Historical Resources also offers General Guidelines for Historic Properties in Recovery after a natural disaster, and Disaster Planning for Historic Resources.