Tampa, FL (PRWEB) September 12, 2012
September is National Preparedness Month and the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS) is offering home and business owners extensive guidance on ways to reduce the risk of damage that can be caused by natural and man-made disasters.
Because disasters tend to be unpredictable, preparedness is critical, according to Julie Rochman, IBHS president & CEO. “An essential part of disaster preparedness is knowing what risks your property faces and addressing structural vulnerabilities to reduce the potential for damage,” she said. “Having extra water on hand, along with canned food, a first-aid kit, a fire extinguisher and an evacuation plan is an excellent start. The next step is to prepare our homes and businesses to be more disaster-resistant so they sustain as little damage as possible.”
Determine the natural hazards for which a property may be at risk using IBHS’ ZIP code tool, found at DisasterSafety.org. The tool identifies the severe weather risks for a location and offers free disaster preparedness resources for those specific risks.
IBHS recently announced another new tool to help consumers prepare for disasters. Your Plan, a mobile app developed with the Insurance Information Institute (I.I.I.), provides a comprehensive set of resources and checklists. Users can build customized checklists, and share the checklists with family and friends via email. The app also includes a built-in Google Crisis Response feed with access to local emergency information, such as shelter locations, evacuation routes and storm paths.
Your Plan is available at iTunes, or by searching “Insurance Information Institute” in the App store from any iPhone.
Visit 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 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.