Wildfire Demonstration, Building Disaster-Resilient Communities Focus of Congressional and State Leaders’ Upcoming Visits to IBHS Research Center

Wildfire-Demo-Graphic_11-1Researchers at the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS) will conduct a highly realistic wildfire simulation today as part of its long-term exploration of how ember storms – which are the greatest danger to homes and businesses in wildfire-prone areas – ignite buildings.  IBHS researchers are studying wildfire effects on structures to highlight actions consumers can take to lower the risk of their home or business igniting during an ember attack.

View video from the first phase of IBHS’ wildfire ember research project in March 2011.

The test demonstration Tuesday, Nov. 12 is part of a larger event that includes two special visits to the IBHS Research Center in Richburg, S.C., from a delegation of Congressional leaders, as well as South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley. 

Exploring solutions to make the nation more resistant to natural disasters is the focus of a visit from U.S. Rep. Bill Shuster, chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta, chairman of the Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings and Emergency Management, and U.S. Rep. Mick Mulvaney who represents the district where the IBHS Research Center is located.

The delegation will observe the wildfire demonstration, tour the Research Center campus, and participate in a roundtable discussion during which they will be joined by state officials, home builders, building science experts, and emergency management experts to discuss the central role that strong building codes play in reducing the cost of natural disasters.

The Congressional delegation’s visit will be preceded by Gov. Haley, who will observe a roof test with winds up to 180 mph, visit the Research Center’s hail lab, fire a hail cannon, and see the wildfire demonstration set up in the large test chamber.

Wildfire is a disaster that can strike anywhere, but poses a particular threat in 38 states. The results of the Nov. 12 demonstration and other ongoing studies at the IBHS Research Center will lead to actions property owners can take to minimize their risk. Visit IBHS’ website for resources to make your home or business more wildfire-resistant www.disastersafety.org/wildfire.