Despite losing her home to Hurricane Katrina eight years ago, 32-year-old working single mother Heather Adams decided to keep her family in the area that they considered home. With the help of Travelers, Habitat for Humanity and the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety (IBHS), Heather and her two children have moved into a new home in Bay St. Louis, Miss., that is built to fortified standards and will better protect them from future storms.
Adams’ home is one of eight pilot Habitat for Humanity builds in Alabama and Mississippi made possible by grants provided by the Travelers Foundation. Homes in the Travelers Fortifies Habitat Homes program, which was launched in 2012, are constructed in accordance with IBHS’s FORTIFIED construction standards. These construction practices provide practical, meaningful and affordable upgrades to strengthen new and existing structures. Travelers is also funding the development of joint Habitat-IBHS training programs and materials to support Habitat affiliates’ efforts throughout the country to build safer, wind-resistant homes in partnership with low-income families.
At Travelers, we believe that many risks to life and property can be effectively mitigated by employing smarter community development strategies, including:
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