POSTED: Tuesday, April 24, 2012 - 6:00am
UPDATED: Tuesday, April 24, 2012 - 6:04am
United States — Because today marks the first-ever National Severe Weather Preparedness Week, the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS) is sending out a special call for both individuals and communities to make storm preparedness a priority today and all week long.
IBHS actively supports the efforts of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), which have partnered to raise awareness about severe weather events. IBHS is offering a free tool for consumers to determine their specific weather-related risks, along with free how-to information outlining ways to make homes and businesses stronger and safer.
“Too many communities were devastated by a variety of record-setting natural catastrophes in 2010 and 2011, and we owe it to those people to learn from their tragic experience and do whatever we can to prevent such devastation in the future,” noted Julie Rochman, IBHS president and CEO. “Fortunately, even in the midst of what has already been an active thunderstorm and tornado season, there are things that individuals can do to make themselves, their loved ones, their possessions, and their communities more resilient.”
Property owners can use IBHS’ ZIP Code tool at DisasterSafety.org to determine the types of severe weather and other natural hazards that may occur in their community. Each hazard is linked to a list of practical, specific measures home and business owners can take to help minimize the impact of natural disasters such as windstorms, hurricanes, flooding, earthquakes, wildfires, severe winter weather and hailstorms.
“It is important for people to know that there are many low- and no-cost things they can do to prepare for severe weather events that will help reduce their risk of injury and property damage,” Rochman said. “In addition to our website, consumers can visit facebook.com/disasterprep for information on what they can do now to be better prepared when severe weather strikes.”