IBHS FORTIFIED Standards Recommended By Hurricane Sandy Task Force

hsrebuildingstrategy-cover_Page_001IBHS is very pleased to learn that the federal Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force Rebuilding Strategy released yesterday by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has recommended the use of IBHS’ FORTIFIED HomeTM programs and standards. The strategy includes 69 recommendations from the Task Force, which has been meeting since last year to create a plan for strengthening communities to help them better withstand and recover from future storms.

Recommendation 31 in the Strategy encourages and promotes the use of IBHS’ voluntary FORTIFIED retrofit and new construction standards; these standards provide guidelines designed to create stronger, safer houses. The FORTIFIED programs also include comprehensive design guides and third-party validation, intended to reliably increase a home’s resistance to natural hazards specific to that local area. Learn more about the FORTIFIED Home Program.

Julie Rochman, president and CEO of IBHS, commented on the recommendations: “IBHS could not be more pleased that the Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force is recommending that residents harden their homes against hurricanes by using both the new construction and retrofit standards in IBHS’ FORTIFIED programs. Our standards are informed by the building science we conduct at the unique IBHS Research Center, where our engineers work to identify stronger, safer construction practices that will help save lives and reduce property damage related to natural and manmade catastrophes.”

“We now are in the heart of the 2013 Atlantic hurricane season, and people who live in coastal communities once again hold our collective breath, hoping there won’t be any storms that make landfall. Unfortunately, relying on good fortune is a dangerous loss control strategy. Instead, we must stop looking past very real risks, and – even worse – rebuilding the same way, in the same places, over and over again after disaster strikes. We can effectively break this cycle of devastation by significantly improving the hurricane resistance of residential and commercial property. Those who suffered because of Sandy and other storms need to know what steps to take to minimize the chances that they will become victims again. We commend HUD and those who wrote this report for taking steps to make sure that they do.”

Read IBHS’ full press release about the inclusion of FORTIFIED Standards in the Rebuilding Strategy.