Media Advisory: Oklahoma Insurance Department and IBHS Announcing New Program to Strengthen Homes at National Tornado Summit


Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner John D. Doak and experts from the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS) will hold a media event during the National Tornado Summit to discuss a new program that will strengthen homes in areas prone to high winds and hail, making communities more resilient.


Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner John D. Doak
IBHS Director of FORTIFIED Programs Fred Malik


IBHS research shows property damage from EF-0 and EF-1 tornadoes can be virtually eliminated by making homes stronger and more resilient. IBHS’ new FORTIFIED Home™–High Wind and Hail programs, which publicly launch Wednesday, March 2, help homeowners strengthen their homes against low level tornadoes and high winds at the edges of strong tornadoes, straight-line wind events, severe thunderstorms and hailstorms. Places like Moore, Oklahoma, that have been continually devastated by tornadoes have already started revising their building codes to incorporate stronger provisions. In 2014, Following the third deadly tornado in five years to decimate their community, Moore’s City Council adopted stronger codes based on IBHS’ FORTIFIED superior construction standards, which have been proven to strengthen homes during severe high wind weather events.


Wednesday, March 2; 10:00 am CT


National Tornado Summit; Cox Convention Center; Native American Room


To arrange an interview with the OK Department of Insurance, please contact Kelly Dexter at 405-522-0683 or

To arrange an interview with an IBHS expert, please contact Tiffany O’Shea at (512) 636-7811 or


IBHS Tornado Resources

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 Tiffany O’Shea at (512) 636-7811 or


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About the Oklahoma Insurance Department

The Oklahoma Insurance Department, an agency of the State of Oklahoma, is responsible for the education and protection of the insurance-buying public and for oversight of the insurance industry in the state.

About The Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS)

IBHS is an independent, nonprofit, scientific research and communications organization supported by the property insurance industry. The organization works to reduce the social and economic effects of natural disasters and other risks on residential and commercial property by conducting building science research and advocating improved construction, maintenance and preparedness practices.