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8/12/2014 - Non-Profit Group Says U.S. Homes Should be More Disaster-Resistant


A new report from a leading home safety group suggests homeowners can do more to protect themselves against natural disasters.

With the summer months being the peak of tornado season for much of the U.S., one of the nation's leading nonprofit organizations says that today's homes could stand to be built more robustly in order to better resist the damaging effects of Mother Nature's wrath as it pertains to wind damage.

The Federal Alliance for Safety Homes - or FLASH - recently released its report Building Codes: The Foundation for Resilience. The analysis touches on several key issues related to what benchmarks residences need to satisfy in order to be considered safe to live in. It also offers some recommendations on how to improve the nation's building code standards to ensure that all standing structures have the proper amount of reinforcement.

Leslie Chapman-Henderson, CEO and president of FLASH, indicated that this is a key period of time for building codes, standards and practices that shouldn't be passed by.

"Where the system is weak, it is invisible to the public until disaster strikes," said Chapman-Henderson. "We are certain that when we reach a higher level of building performance, we will not only enhance life safety, but we will begin to mitigate the devastating economic losses that have become all too common when disasters strike."

Thanks to the improving economy, many people are in the market to purchase a new home. In a recent survey performed by home building firm PulteGroup, more than two-thirds of respondents said that they planned on buying a home in the future. Specifically, 32% said that they would likely begin the process within the next two years.

Homeowners insurance is typically required to secure a mortgage, which provides security not only for the lender but also for the buyer in the event of a weather-related disaster. According to a 2013 report by Lloyd's of London, the U.S. typically sees more tornadoes than any other country in the world.

For more information on property insurance protection, contact a local Selective agent.


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