Walls constructed using masonry units, steel reinforcement, and grout are strong. When high winds occur, reinforced masonry homes resist the pressures and flying debris that can knock down or damage less robust construction.
Reinforced concrete masonry walls can withstand high winds and protect occupants. At a minimum, safe rooms can be built as part of the structure to serve as shelter within the building during hurricanes and tornadoes.
Concrete masonry’s high mass gives it a better ability to withstand rain and the impact of flying debris. And when reinforced it withstands high force winds through increased flexural (bending) and tensile (uplift) capacity of the exterior walls which flex, and thus reduce structural shifting.