Media Advisory: Experts Available to Discuss Recovering, Repairing and Rebuilding after Hurricane/Tropical Storm Hermine

Media Contact
Susan Millerick
Director of Public Affairs


Building science experts from the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS) are available to speak with the media about how to recover from Hermine’s winds and driving rain, which are impacting homes and businesses along the Eastern Seaboard. Experts can specifically address how property owners can repair or rebuild stronger to help prevent or reduce damage when the next storm hits. IBHS also has b-roll and other resources to assist you with your hurricane season coverage. 


Now and throughout the hurricane season


Available experts from IBHS:

  • Julie Rochman, President and CEO
  • Timothy Reinhold, Senior Vice President of Research and Chief Engineer
  • Chuck Miccolis, Senior Engineering Manager, Commercial Lines (commercial buildings)
  • Gail Moraton, Business Resiliency Manager


It only takes one storm like Hermine to devastate a community. IBHS’ experts know the science behind the damage suffered to homes and businesses and how people can rebuild and repair their homes and businesses to be more resilient before the next storm strikes, which helps reduce personal injuries and property damage.

Through full-scale testing conducted at the unique IBHS Research Center, scientists have identified valuable risk-reduction techniques, many of which are relatively simple and cost-effective when measured against the return on investment. In fact, a recent study showed that homes built to IBHS’ FORTIFIED standards increased the value of the homes compared to those built using conventional construction standards. IBHS’ free hurricane resources provide comprehensive guidance on reducing property damage before a storm hits, and direction for repairing, rebuilding and recovering following a storm.


To arrange an interview with an IBHS building science expert, please contact Cynthia Michener at (508) 864-9532 or

IBHS Post-Hurricane/Tropical Storm Resources:


  • Reducing Water Damage after a Flood
  • Home Improvements to Consider Before a Flood 


Ed. Note: Hi-definition video of testing conducted at the IBHS Research Center is available for use by the media. To obtain a video file, please contact Cynthia Michener at (508) 864-9532 or



About the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS) IBHS’ mission is to conduct objective, scientific research to identify and promote effective actions that strengthen homes, businesses, and communities against natural disasters and other causes of loss.