IBHS, Disaster Resilience Network encourage stronger, more resilient rebuilding with FORTIFIED

TULSA, Okla., Jun. 10, 2019 – As Oklahoma communities begin to rebuild after recent severe weather, the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS) and the Disaster Resilience Network encourage Sooner state homeowners to look to the future and rebuild stronger with the FORTIFIED Home™ resilient construction standards.

“Property damage to homes from EF-0 and EF-1 tornadoes can, in many cases, be eliminated, using FORTIFIED standards. Building FORTIFIED also can strengthen a home’s defenses against other wind events, severe thunderstorms and hailstorms,” said Fred Malik, Managing Director of the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety’s (IBHS) FORTIFIED programs. “It starts with the roof, the most important and most vulnerable component of every home”

“Oklahoma is no stranger to severe weather. Repair and rebuild stronger with the FORTIFIED program to lessen the impact of the next storm on your life. In Oklahoma, some insurance companies even provide incentives for building FORTIFIED,” said Tim Lovell, Executive Director of the Oklahoma-based Disaster Resilience Network.

“As the national standard for resilient construction, our FORTIFIED Home program is based on extensive science-based testing of engineering and building standards designed to make new and existing homes stronger, safer and better able to withstand severe weather impacts,” Malik added.

Lovell encourages homeowners to contact the Disaster Resilience Network for more information on building and retrofitting homes to the FORTIFIED standard in Oklahoma, and also suggests homeowners contact their insurance agent to learn about possible discounts or incentives for homes in Oklahoma that are designated under the FORTIFIED Home program.


Please visit fortifiedhome.org to learn more about IBHS’ FORTIFIED Home program, including the designation process, how to identify a certified FORTIFIED Evaluator and other valuable resources.

 About the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS) 

IBHS’ mission is to conduct objective, scientific research to identify and promote effective actions that strengthen homes, businesses and communities against natural disasters and other causes of loss. Learn more about IBHS at DisasterSafety.org.

 About Disaster Resilience Network

DRN is a non-profit organization whose mission is to empower people, businesses, and communities to reduce the impact of disasters. DRN has reached hundreds of individuals, businesses, and organizations so far. Join us and help people prepare before disaster strikes. Visit www.DisasterResilienceNetwork.org and connect with us on Facebook at @DisasterResilienceUS, Twitter at @DRNintheUSA, and Instagram at @disasterresilienceus.



Tim Lovell