IBHS Helps Build Stronger, Safer St. Jude Dream Home

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Incorporating IBHS' FORTIFIED criteria will make the home stronger, safer and more resilient in the face of natural disasters

IBHS commends St. Jude for its commitment to building its Dream Home to be as resistant as possible to the natural catastrophes and severe weather that can occur in Tennessee.

The Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS) today announced that its FORITIFED for Safer Living® standards will be used in the construction of the home in the St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway in Eads, Tenn.

FORTIFIED for Safer Living is a construction program for new homes that provides specific standards and guidelines to help homeowners and homebuilders build stronger, safer homes from the ground up.

“IBHS commends St. Jude for its commitment to building its Dream Home to be as resistant as possible to the natural catastrophes and severe weather that can occur in Tennessee,” said Fred Malik, IBHS FORTIFIED program manager. “By incorporating the IBHS FORTIFIED criteria, this home will be stronger, safer and more resilient than a traditional, code-compliant structure in the face of natural disasters like earthquakes, and severe weather events such as thunderstorms with high winds and hail.”

Tennessee is one of eight states located in the New Madrid Seismic Zone, which experienced some of the worst earthquakes in U.S. history. During 1811-12, the central Mississippi valley was violently shaken by a series of three earthquakes above a magnitude 7, and up to 200 substantial aftershocks. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, a similar risk exists today.

“State Farm has been a proud supporter of IBHS for more than 25 years and is thrilled to partner on the St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway in Eads,” said State Farm Senior Vice-President Debra Boblitt. “Our work with IBHS on the new FORTIFIED home will not only help construct a disaster-resistant home, but will also provide peace of mind for the new owners.”

The St. Jude Dream Home will be constructed with more than a dozen IBHS FORTIFIED features that provide proactive, cost-effective protection against earthquakes, high winds and hail. All of these elements have been incorporated into the design, which means they are not visible yet they provide a very high level of disaster resistance. These features include the following types of upgrades that are not found in homes built to conventional construction standards:

  •     Increased structural strength
  •     Superior roof construction that better resists water intrusion from wind-driven rain and hail damage
  •     Added fire safety features
  •     Water leak prevention features
  •     Protection from falling debris and broken glass

Groundbreaking for the home is scheduled for Tuesday, January 24 from 10:00-10:30 a.m. at the Aston Park Subdivision, 50 Dalton Cove, Eads, Tenn. The St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway is a cooperative effort of IBHS, Southern Serenity Homes, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and the Central U.S. Earthquake Consortium (CUSEC).
To arrange an interview with IBHS, contact Joseph King at 813-675-1045/813-442-2845, jking(at)ibhs(dot)org or via direct message on Twitter @jsalking.

Ed. Note: Media materials for the event are available on the St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway page found here – https://www.disastersafety.org/page?pageId=st_jude. Materials include:

  •     IBHS News Release
  •     St. Jude Children's Research Hospital Press Release
  •     2012 Memphis St. Jude Dream Home® Giveaway Fact Sheet
  •     IBHS FORTIFIED Fact Sheet
  •     St. Jude Children's Research Hospital Quick Facts
  •     About the Partners

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About the IBHS
IBHS is an independent, nonprofit, scientific and educational organization supported by the property insurance industry. The organization works to reduce the social and economic effects of natural disasters and other risks to residential and commercial property by conducting research and advocating improved construction, maintenance and preparation practices.

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