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The goal of Coastal Retrofit Mississippi is to help homeowners strengthen their homes against wind damage. Installing roof retrofits in the attic and/or opening retrofits around windows and doors could protect a home. These types of retrofits reduce the potential for damage to your home when installed correctly using techniques based on extensive wind engineering analyses. Coastal Retrofit Mississippi retrofits are designed to meet or exceed all local building codes and are part of an engineered system specifically designed for your home. The types of shutters, doors and construction items for you attic and room are specialized products that have been designed for the wind loads where your home is located. For additional information please call us at 228-432-3143.

The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency is the managing agency for this project. MEMA will provide Hazard Mitigation Grant Program funds to put up to 90 percent of the cost of the standard retrofit package(s). Applied Research Associates, Inc. Southern Division, a Mississippi engineering firm, was selected by MEMA through a competitive procurement process to perform inspections, provide engineering and benefit-cost analyses and perform installation of the retrofits.

Phase I of this project will provide individual grants for wind retrofit measures to homeowners residing in Mississippi’s three coastal counties of Hancock, Harrison and Jackson who at a minimum meet the following qualifications:

Step 1- How to apply for the project:

To apply for The Coastal Retrofit Initiative, click here. Applications should be mailed or faxed to the contact information on the application. For more information, please call 228-432-3143.

Step 2- Intake meeting with MEMA:

MEMA will contact applicants to schedule an intake meeting At the meeting MEMA will review the homeowner’s documents. The homeowner signs a release and pays a $250 inspection fee, which will apply toward the homeowner’s match. Homeowner documents to bring to the interview:

  • Homestead exemption certificate.
  • Tax record.
  • Copy of Flood Insurance Policy (N/A if not in a Special Flood Hazard Area).
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Step 3- Homeowner selects Option:

The homeowner will have up to three retrofit package options from which to choose:

  1. Roof system retrofits only.
  2. Opening retrofits only.
  3. Roof system and opening retrofits.

The homeowner will select a package and pay 10 percent of the standard package cost. Please go to for more information. Shutter upgrades may be available at an additional cost.