The 2020 hurricane season has already set records for its active start, and recent forecast updates from NOAA continue to increase the projections for the number of named storms this year.
DES PLAINES, Ill., September 8, 2020 — The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) and the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS) urge homeowners to continue hurricane preparedness actions as we approach the peak of hurricane season. The 2020 hurricane season has already set records for its active start, and recent forecast updates from NOAA continue to increase the projections for the number of named storms this year.
“Developing key partnerships with IBHS is critical for NICB as we continue to focus on educating consumers on the importance of being prepared for a storm,” said NICB President & CEO David Glawe.
“The roof is your first line of defense against a hurricanes’ wind and rain. A strong, sealed FORTIFIED Roof™ keeps the wind and rain out, meaning families can come back home after a storm,” says Roy Wright, president and CEO of IBHS. “Use the FORTIFIED Roofer directory to find a local roofing contractor trained to install a roof to this standard, which is proven to be stronger against severe weather. Local contractors will still be around next year if you have a question.”
FORTIFIED Roof has demonstrated its ability to protect homes. During last year’s Hurricane Dorian, 99.5 percent of FORTIFIED Roofs in North Carolina affected by the storm were successful in keeping the water out.
Minimizing damage from hurricanes also avoids the potential of becoming a victim of contractor fraud.
“It’s important to do your homework when selecting a contractor to repair your property. Those who come from out of town promising a quick fix could potentially lead to more delays at increased costs,” added Glawe.
“Many roofers offer a free inspection. Consider requesting an inspection now to build a relationship with a roofing contractor in your area,” said Wright.
HIRING A ROOFING CONTRACTOR?
- Call your insurance agent or company first if you believe your roof was damaged in a storm.
- Get more than one estimate. Never let a contractor pressure you into hiring them.
- Work with only licensed and insured contractors. Use the FORTIFIED directory to find a local FORTIFIED Roofer.
- Demand references and check them.
- Ask to see the salesperson’s driver’s license, write down the license number and their vehicle’s license plate number.
Roofing contractors listed in the FORTIFIED Directory have completed rigorous FORTIFIED training and passed a FORTIFIED exam, are certified by at least one shingle manufacturer, and, in states that require it, hold an up-to-date roofing contractor license.
Atlantic hurricane season runs through November 30.
About FORTIFIED HomeVisit www.fortifiedhome.org to learn more about the IBHS FORTIFIED Home program, including the designation process, how to identify a certified FORTIFIED evaluator, and other valuable resources.