IBHS Staff Available to Talk About Preparation for 2012 Atlantic Hurricane Season

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IBHS offers property owners detailed guidance to help them reduce the risk of property damage from hurricanes

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Hurricane Irene was the only storm to make U.S. landfall in 2011 but it caused more than $4 billion in damages and caused widespread devastation on the East Coast all the way to Maine.

Media outlets seeking information on how to prepare residential and commercial properties for the 2012 Atlantic Hurricane Season are encouraged to contact the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS). IBHS is a leading national expert on preparing structures to make them more disaster-resistant.

Although hurricane forecasts have predicted a less active hurricane season in 2012, IBHS cautions that it only takes one storm to result in catastrophic damage. “Hurricane Irene was the only storm to make U.S. landfall in 2011,” said Julie Rochman, IBHS president & CEO, “but it caused more than $4 billion in damages and caused widespread devastation on the East Coast all the way to Maine.”

Reducing hurricane-related property damage begins with preparation, and IBHS’ web site – http://www.disastersafety.org/hurricane - offers property owners detailed guidance to help them reduce the risk of property damage from hurricanes.

Specific resources include:

  •     FORTIFIED Fact Sheet
  •     Is Your Roof FORTIFIED?
  •     Roofing the Right Way
  •     Residential Hurricane Brochure
  •     Residential Hurricane Brochure (Spanish)
  •     IBHS Shutter Guide
  •     Manufactured Home Inspection Checklist

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IBHS is a leading national expert on preparing for, and repairing and rebuilding structures after, a catastrophe to make them more disaster-resistant. 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.

Visit http://www.DisasterSafety.org for more information about how to make your buildings more resistant to a variety of disasters, big and small. Follow IBHS on Twitter at @DisasterSafety and on Facebook.

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

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