IBHS is an applied research and communications organization with expertise in a variety of mitigation-related public policy areas.
As a result, IBHS studies and educational materials are regularly referenced by loss prevention and reduction advocates in public policy debates around the country. The Institute’s work also is routinely relied upon by public policymakers at the local, state and national levels. Because IBHS is a non-profit organization, the Institute’s direct participation in lobbying activities is extremely limited and consistent with Internal Revenue Code rules. Within this context, IBHS representatives may testify at legislative hearings at the request of Congressional or state legislative committees.
IBHS is recognized for its on-going efforts to improve the nation’s readiness against severe weather events.
The Disaster Savings Account Act would allow homeowners to save up to $5,000 in a federal tax-free savings account to be used for expenses to make their homes more disaster-resistant.
The Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS), the Wharton School’s Risk Management and Decision Processes Center, and Travelers Institute, the public policy division of The Travelers Companies, Inc., hosted a symposium Dec. 11 focused on transforming disaster mitigation awareness into action.
The study will be used by Congress to consider whether to make adoption and enforcement of model building codes mandatory for communities participating in the NFIP program.
Symposium will examine ways to mitigate damage caused by natural disasters and how to lower insurance costs.
IBHS co-hosted a Congressional Delegation and South Carolina Gov. Haley on Nov. 12, 2013 to discuss building more disaster-resistant communities, and demonstrate on-going IBHS research, including a wildfire test demonstration.
Wildfire Demonstration, Building Disaster-Resilient Communities Focus of Congressional and State Leaders’ Upcoming Visits to IBHS Research Center
The wildfire demonstration is part of IBHS’ long-term study of the effects of ember storms on structures.
A temporary change in the Federal Housing Administration’s 203(k) loan program for the rehabilitation and repair of houses may provide a new option for financing repairs to homes damaged by Hurricane Sandy.
FEMA grant made available for homeowners to make their homes more hurricane-resistant, while new Alabama insurance information and research center built.