IBHS Unveils Updated Disaster Web Site

The Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS) has launched the latest generation of its disaster safety Web site, adding new tools and making home and business property protection information reportedly even easier to find.

IBHS is a national nonprofit initiative of the insurance industry based in
Tampa, Fla. The group’s Web site http://www.disastersafety.org reportedly attracted more than 1,000 visitors each day on average in 2004, with peak traffic tied to weather events such as hurricanes and severe winter storms.

The latest site enhancements reportedly allow more efficient access to property protection tips on hurricanes, tornadoes, wildfires, floods, hailstorms, earthquakes and freezing weather.

The site also has information on home maintenance projects, like choosing impact-resistant roofing material, performing routine tasks inside and out to minimize water damage, and taking care of landscaping, such as nearby trees, to reduce the threat posed by high winds.

As for business protection, the IBHS site’s Open for Business page streamlines the line-up of materials to help businesses develop property protection and continuity plans. The Fortified … for safer living section includes sample residential construction plans, plus a zip code-based tool that lists measures to protect a home from the hazards it faces in a particular location.