Beyond Research in Core Natural Perils

The core perils of wind/wind-driven rain, hail, and wildfire are the fundamental lanes in which IBHS can uniquely and profoundly drive change in the built environment. The resource demands of groundbreaking scientific inquiry require an undeterred focus on these core perils. Moreover, these are the areas where momentum is building to translate this groundbreaking science into codes and standards, FORTIFIED, and other real-world impacts. Yet, the extraordinary reputation that the Institute has earned allows IBHS to have a public voice across the natural hazards sphere. As a shaper of the US resiliency agenda, IBHS needs to add its voice to the full set of natural hazards. We must meet people where they are. For example, homeowners see a hurricane as the cause of a disaster, often without understanding how wind and floodwaters caused specific damage modes.

Likewise, public policymakers who are willing to promote “resilience” do not want to limit their efforts to specific weather or climate phenomenon. Recognizing that IBHS’s principal investments sit in the research perils, IBHS will use its voice and platform to advance science-based public action to build resiliency across all natural perils. This work will extend to disciplines such as business continuity, community resilience, emergency preparation, and emerging technology.