TAMPA, May 9, 2017 – During National Hurricane Preparedness Week (May 8–12), the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS) is providing home and business owners with free guidance to help prepare property to reduce the risk of hurricane-related damage. IBHS is a leading national expert on making new and existing structures more disaster-resistant.
Many different entities make predictions, including the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association’s (NOAA) Climate Prediction Center. Predictions for 2017 call for an average hurricane season with 12 named storms, five hurricanes and three major hurricanes (Category 3 or higher with winds over 110 mph).
While forecasts call for an average hurricane season, Hurricane Andrew’s upcoming 25th anniversary in August is a reminder that it only takes one land-falling storm to cause catastrophic property damage. “In 1992, Hurricane Andrew alone caused $24.1 billion (in 2015 dollars) in insured property damage after striking South Florida,” Rochman said. “This was, at the time, the largest single event with respect to losses in U.S. history. Moreover, it was the very first storm that season. No one wants to see that type of devastation repeated.”
Reducing hurricane-related property damage begins with the roof, which is often the most vulnerable part of a structure. Whether it is a residential home or a commercial building, the roof is the main component of any building that protects inhabitants from the elements, Rochman said. A roof inspection performed by a licensed contractor can uncover deficiencies in the roof which should be repaired. It also is important to assess and address exterior openings and doors.
Learn more about how to prepare your home or business for hurricanes and tropical storms with these IBHS resources:
- Reducing Hurricane Risk (in English and Spanish)
- Roofing the Right Way
- Getting the Roof Right (video)
- Reduce Hurricane Damage to Homes
- Reduce Hurricane Damage to Businesses
- This Hurricane Season, Lock in Peace of Mind: Protect Your Home and Finances
- This Hurricane Season, Don’t Let a Storm Blow Away Your Profits
- Reducing Tree Damage