Public Policy

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.

April 4, 2014

IBHS Joins in Celebrating Historic New Building Code Law In Mississippi

IBHS joined partners at ceremonial signing of Mississippi statewide building code law.

March 19, 2014

IBHS Lauds Adoption of Tornado-Specific Building Code Changes in Moore, Oklahoma

Contacts:          Kenya Woodard                                              Public Affairs Manager                         (813) 675-1053 (813) 442-2845                                         Twitter     TAMPA (March 19, 2014) – The Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS) lauds the City Council in Moore, Oklahoma for adopting amendments to its building code that specifically address […]

March 4, 2014

IBHS Selected as NOAA Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador

IBHS is recognized for its on-going efforts to improve the nation’s readiness against severe weather events.

IBHS Supports Disaster Savings Account Act
December 16, 2013

IBHS Supports Disaster Savings Account Act

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.

December 13, 2013

Experts Gather to Explore Transforming Disaster Preparedness Awareness into Action

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.

December 9, 2013

IBHS Commends DHS Report Highlighting the Importance of Building Codes

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.

December 4, 2013

Alabama Symposium Highlights Disaster Mitigation Through FORTIFIED and Resilience STARTM Programs

Symposium will examine ways to mitigate damage caused by natural disasters and how to lower insurance costs.

November 25, 2013

Congressional Roundtable

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.

November 11, 2013

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.

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