"Natural disasters like earthquakes, avelances, floods and cyclones have beenmutilating the face of the earth since time immemorial. Whatever be theircause, their result is only one: widespread destruction and damage to prop-erty, loss of life and agricultural land, and socio-economic upheaval. In de-veloping countries like India where a majority of the population is below thepoverty lime, people live mostly in "Kutcha" or non engineered structures.Such houses are one of the first casualities. A survey conducted by ftheUnited Nations has revealed that through earthquakes cause the maximumnumber of people homeless.A home is a sensitive issue. It is where people start from and where theyreturn to. It is where people start from and where they return to. It is themost immediate and intimate environment to them. To make people happy intheir domestic shelter and protect them from life threatening and propertyravishing events of natural origin, requires more than traditional qualitiesand quantities. It is an established fact that the acceptance of any cyclone re-sistant design depends on many subjective things eg. Socio-cultural and re-ligious beliefs on the people, their living habits, the prevailing climaticconditions, occupational trends and the type of construction methods, designsand building materials used traditionally. During the course of study it hasbeen observed that the real sbstacle in the whole process is the 'technologytransfer' - getting research findings and recomendations into the operationmanuals of architects, planners and developers on the one hand and compre-hensibility of some of the techniques to users on the other. Also importanceof locally available materials in such situation cannot be undermined. But ina special situation where a cyclone comes into picture, one has to use mate-rials that will first and foremost resist the cyclone. The present paper givesparticular stress on: settlement and unit resistance to cyclone and its suit-ability to lifestyle of the of the comunity. With the help of a case study con-ducted in the village Rapur in the cyclone prone area of Andhra Pradesh, In-dia, this paper tries to establish a methodology for designing units andsettlement succesfully in similar regions. This paper is applicable to cases where only the wind and rainfall components of the cyclone cause damage andnot to the coastal areas where storm surges accompany the strong winds andheavy-rainfall."