IBHS Members have access to a wealth of resources about disaster preparedness and recovery, as well as building science research results.
Severe weather disrupts lives, displaces families, and drives financial loss.
IBHS delivers top-tier science and translates it into action so we can prevent avoidable suffering, strengthen our homes and businesses, inform the insurance industry, and support thriving communities.
IBHS RESEARCH CENTER
In 2010, IBHS opened its unique, state-of-the-art Research Center in South Carolina. This world-class facility provides unprecedented opportunities for objective laboratory testing of full-scale, one- and two-story residential and commercial buildings (as well as components used in large commercial facilities) in conditions that mimic extreme weather events. The IBHS Research Center has 105 fans and is capable of producing highly realistic windstorms, wind-driven rain, hailstorms, and wildfire ember attacks.
Get full access to the IBHS member website, www.IBHS.org, where you will find exclusive research, content, and resources. Registration also enrolls you to receive periodic emails about IBHS’s latest research, resources, and communications initiatives.
IBHS research was used to develop the FORTIFIED Home™ and FORTIFIED Commercial™ construction standards and methods, which help make homes and businesses more resistant to hurricanes, high winds, hail, and severe thunderstorms.
FORTIFIED Home Database
A free business continuity tool designed to help even the smallest businesses focus on planning for any type of business interruption, so they can quickly re-open and resume operations following a disaster.
A free severe weather emergency preparedness and response planning toolkit. This stand-alone guide includes a checklist that can be customized and used by any small business to build a response plan for operational disruptions.
TRAINING AND EDUCATIONAL EVENTS
IBHS offers training events, webinars, and meetings where members can learn from IBHS experts. Members can also participate in Disaster Dynamics Academies, where companies come together to learn about topics of interest such as severe convective storms, wildfire, and more. IBHS offers annual loss control training focused on identifying and understanding small and mid-sized business risks. Commercial loss control training is also available to individual members at their locations or the IBHS Research Center. IBHS regularly offers presentations and webinars to provide updates about our latest research and programs (recorded sessions are available on the member area of the website).
ACCESS TO EXPERTS (ASK IBHS)
IBHS expertise encompasses engineering, meteorology, fire science, materials science, public policy, analytics, and other areas of continuously advancing building science. We unite these disciplines to understand how weather behaves and how structures respond to severe weather conditions. IBHS experts are available to answer member questions and turn-around time is usually 1 or 2 business days. Members are able to contact IBHS at firstname.lastname@example.org or our Membership Coordinator Sherry Melton (email@example.com), and we will direct your question to the appropriate team member or expert for reply.
POLICYHOLDER CONTENT / CO-BRANDING
Members have full rights to co-brand and use IBHS materials online, in print, or in any other forms of communication. All policyholder-focused information available at DisasterSafety.org can be used or co-branded by IBHS members.
- Proper attribution should be given to the “Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety” for the material.
- We request you allow IBHS staff to review content prior to distribution. Content reviews should be sent to IBHS Membership Coordinator Sherry Melton (firstname.lastname@example.org).