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IBHS delivers new Winter Weather Ready resources ahead of peak season

Checklists for residential and commercial properties guide critical prep actions to prevent winter storm damage

RICHBURG, S.C., Jan. 10, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- The Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS) is offering new Winter Weather Ready resources to help home and business owners prepare their properties to prevent costly damage and lengthy repairs from the next winter storm.

As the coldest part of winter approaches, during what has already been an active season for many parts of the country, IBHS's free Winter Weather Ready guide provides easy-to-follow actions to take now, as well as critical steps for during and after a severe winter weather event. New downloadable Winter Weather Ready checklists for both residential and commercial properties are now available to help property owners prioritize actions and ensure important steps aren't overlooked.

"Extreme or prolonged extreme cold can drop temperatures in parts of our homes and businesses below what they are designed for, which can start a cascade of damage," said Dr. Ian Giammanco, lead research meteorologist at IBHS. "Yet, there are simple, relatively affordable actions that can be taken before, during and after a winter weather event to reduce the risk of damage that can upend family life or business operations."

Start now with recommended actions, including:

During a severe winter weather event, businesses face unique challenges and risks to both facilities and daily operations. Owners and operators should be prepared and update staff regularly on the status of operations, inform customers of closures or changes to operating hours, and have backup generators ready to maintain the most critical equipment.

After an event, home and business owners should:

"As we move into the core winter months, go ahead and take preventative measures now to reduce the impact of frigid temperatures, ice and snow," added Giammanco. "These elements will exacerbate already weak or damaged areas of a home or building, but the good news is preparation tasks and repairs often can be do-it-yourself projects, helping save money and time."

For more ways to prevent damage from winter weather, IBHS's full Winter Weather Ready guides and checklists for residential and commercial properties are available on disastersafety.org

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

The 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

SOURCE Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS)

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