Hurricane Andrew reminds us of the impacts just one storm can have

As Tropical Storm Isaac continues to strengthen and has a possibility of striking the U.S., Hurricane Andrew’s 20th anniversary serves as a reminder that it only takes one storm to cause significant damage. 

On August 24, 1992, Hurricane Andrew made landfall in South Florida as a Category 5 storm, causing more than $26 billion of insured damage in 2012 dollars. In fact, Andrew’s damage was so severe that it changed the way we look at hurricane preparedness, specifically with building code standards.

“Hurricane Andrew put the issue of building codes on display for the entire nation,” said Julie Rochman, IBHS president and CEO. “Some states, like Florida, took the necessary steps to protect citizens by adopting a statewide building code and adding a requirement for training and education for inspectors.”

It has been seven years since a hurricane has made landfall in Florida, but with the possibility of Tropical Storm Isaac making landfall by Monday the hurricane drought could come to an end. The Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS) has analyzed how Florida has prepared for the next hurricane by highlighting the impacts that Andrew had on building codes in the state. 

IBHS examines those changes in the latest edition of Disaster Safety Review, as well as through a Hurricane Andrew resources page that includes two video documentaries on the lessons learned from Andrew, and on how IBHS’ FORTIFIED stronger, safer building standards are paving the way towards improved hurricane preparedness.

Additional IBHS resources are available on the Andrew page, as well as within IBHS’ hurricane resources page. Meanwhile, check out the following startling numbers about Hurricane Andrew:

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