The Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety provides tools to help …

Chattanooga-area residents have been battered by tornadoes in the past two years, and residents nationwide are being cautioned to be prepared for severe weather in the future.

“Too many communities were devastated by a variety of record-setting natural catastrophes in 2010 and 2011, and we owe it to those people to learn from their tragic experience and do whatever we can to prevent such devastation in the future,” Julie Rochman, Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety president and CEO, said in a prepared statement.

“Fortunately, even in the midst of what has already been an active thunderstorm and tornado season, there are things that individuals can do to make themselves, their loved ones, their possessions and their communities more resilient,” she also said. 

Monday marked the first day of National Severe Weather Preparedness Week

The Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety actively supports the efforts of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which have partnered to raise awareness about severe weather events.

The Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety is offering a free tool for consumers to determine their specific weather-related risks, along with free how-to information outlining ways to make homes and businesses stronger and safer.

“It is important for people to know that there are many low- and no-cost things they can do to prepare for severe weather events that will help reduce their risk of injury and property damage,” Rochman said.

Property owners can use a ZIP code tool at to determine the types of severe weather and other natural hazards that may occur in their community.

Each hazard is linked to a list of practical, specific measures home and business owners can take to help minimize the impact of natural disasters such as windstorms, hurricanes, flooding, earthquakes, wildfires, severe winter weather and hailstorms.

Consumers can also click here for additional information about how to prepare for severe weather. 

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