Losses from natural disasters are on the rise and the need for stronger, safer building practices has never been greater. In 2018, losses from natural disasters amounted to about $91 billion, while the average number of billion-dollar disasters has more than doubled from 2016 to 2018, according to the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
As we prepare for future events, we can reduce losses and suffering caused by these disasters. Instead of rebuilding the same way we always have, FORTIFIED resilient construction standards offers a solution that can help break this cycle of destruction.
Backed by years of scientific research at the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS), FORTIFIED standards go beyond building codes to improve performance against natural hazards and reduce the risk of personal property loss.
Whether you’re building a new home, re-roofing, or renovating an existing property, FORTIFIED is affordable and effective at protecting your home.
A voluntary, superior construction standard and designation/compliance program for commercial properties.
Using better building practices that are proven to work, such as sealing the roof deck, FORTIFIED provides home and business owners peace of mind knowing their building is built to last and will be able to protect what is priceless.
Studies show every $1 spent on disaster mitigation saves $4 in community disaster recovery expenses.
Resilience in Action
Already many areas of the country are seeing the value in being proactive rather than reactive and are using FORTIFIED to prepare for whatever Mother Nature brings next. Financial endoresements for using FORTIFIED Home™ standards in Alabama and North Carolina coasts highlight the this push for stronger building practices, while FORTIFIED Commercial™ projects in Alabama and Wisconsin are clear examples of how businesses are saying enough is enough.
The Importance of Business Continuity
Building and maintaining a plan for a business is just as important as protecting the building itself. IBHS offers OFB-EZ to help your business plan for whatever risks you face. Get started today at https://disastersafety.org/business-protection/ofb-ez/.
Now is the time to prepare for the next storm and break this cycle of destruction. Begin the process for building a new home or retrofitting an existing home using FORTIFIED Home standards by clicking here, while resources for business owner looking to build stronger and safer using FORTIFIED Commercial standards are available here.Recommend0 recommendationsPublished in