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Storm advice: Shut all doors and windows during major windstorms


You never want to find yourself in the middle of a tornado or hurricane, but it’s important to stay up to date on safety procedures just in case. Find out more about the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety’s (IBHS) newest recommendation to help save lives during a natural disaster.


It’s hard to imagine being engulfed in a massive windstorm – nobody wants to think about the tragedy that might come along with it. It’s uncomfortable, depressing and nerve-wracking. But that’s exactly why you shouldn’t turn a blind eye, and keep up to date on safety procedures.

Last October, the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety (IBHS) conducted a public education campaign where they shared an important discovery they made earlier in the year. The campaign, called “Shut the Doors on Hurricane Irma,” resulted in the following conclusion: If you find yourself in a major windstorm, shut all internal doors and windows.

In the past, it was common practice to crack windows during a tornado. You should no longer abide by this practice. Not only will shutting the doors and windows help shield you from flying debris, it also will compartmentalize wind forces and reduce potential for roof failure or damage. If wind forces build inside a house, it can cause the roof to lift.

Hear more about the Shut the Doors on Hurricane Irma campaign from IBHS president and CEO Julie Rochman.