Loss of the roofing causes the greatest amount of damage from hurricanes. Construction techniques have been developed for securing roofs during high winds. Use metal clips to tie the rafters to the top plate. Improve the attachment of the roof sheathing by spacing nails closer together. Seal the sheathing joints with an adhesive membrane.
For more on storms and disasters, consider:
Storm-Proof Your Garage Doors
Radio: Storm-Ready Roofs
Building a Hurricane-Resistant Home (VIDEO)