As devastating forces of nature, 2018’s Hurricane Florence in coastal North Carolina and Hurricane Michael in the Florida Panhandle left loss and harm in their wake. They also taught important lessons that can improve our defense against future storms and enhance forecasting prowess.Continue Reading
Zurich North America and the Wharton Risk Center’s recently released white paper for the Hurricane Katrina 10-year observance, Beyond Katrina: Lessons In Creating Resilient Communities. The paper discusses resilience strategies put in place since Hurricane Katrina, and offers several solutions to help create better prepared communities going forward.Continue Reading
The field study team is taking its impact disdrometers from the road and installing them in fixed locations throughout west Texas as part of a collaboration with Texas Tech University’s West Texas Mesonet.
The collaboration is a key development in the growth of the hail research program at IBHS, as the fixed locations will significantly increase the amount of data the team is able to record.
At least 24 structures were reduced to ashes when the so-called Sleepy Hollow Fire started as a brush fire in central Washington on Sunday afternoon and quickly spread due to hot and dry conditions, underscoring the harsh realities of how quickly a fire can spread and threaten properties this time of the year.Continue Reading
The Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS) is proud to join the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)’s National PrepareAthon, which is intended help residents and business owners become better prepared for natural disasters.Continue Reading
The USGS recently released a new earthquake forecast for California, which found the state is nearly certain to experience an earthquake as strong as the 1994 Northridge Earthquake during the next 30 years. The forecast also increased the risk for a mega-earthquake, in the state during the same time period. The new report identifies the southern San Andreas Fault as the greatest threat for earthquake activity of any region in California.Continue Reading
IBHS is working with HWind Scientific (HWS) to use its detailed archive of significant historical hurricane data, which will help IBHS associate winds from specific storms to its building performance research.Continue Reading