- Debra T. Ballen, General Counsel and Senior Vice President, Public Policy, IBHS
- Stephen E. Flynn, Professor of Political Science; Director, Center for Resilience Studies; Co-Director, George J. Kostas Research Institute for Homeland Security, Northeastern University
- Scott Humphrey, Director of Technical Service, Risk Control, Travelers
Ballen will discuss IBHS’ FORTIFIED Home - Hurricane program, which provides superior construction and retrofit standards for new and existing homes. These standards are designed to strengthen homes during severe high wind weather events and are recognized through financial incentives in several states. Ballen also will highlight IBHS’ new OFB (Open for Business)-EZ program, which provides a free, easy-to-use toolkit for small businesses to create their own business continuity plans.Humphrey will describe Travelers’ new strategy guide for business continuity planning, ABC- Go SM to help businesses assess and reduce their vulnerabilities. “The guide is applicable to companies of all sizes and industries,” he said. “ABC- Go provides a simple four-step process to help businesses develop an effective business continuity plan and formulate their own disaster preparedness strategies.” Flynn, author of The Edge of Disaster: Rebuilding a Resilient Nation and America the Vulnerable, will address how past storms teach lessons that are applicable on a national scale and can inform all communities in boosting their resilience to disasters. The Travelers Institute launched “Kicking Off Hurricane Preparedness Season” in 2011 to help consumers and businesses better prepare for and respond to the risks associated with threatening storms. Please visit Travelers.com for more information on preparing for disaster. About Travelers Institute The Travelers Institute, the public policy division of The Travelers Companies, Inc., engages in discussion and analysis of public policy topics of importance to the insurance marketplace and the financial services industry more broadly. The Travelers Institute draws upon the industry expertise of Travelers’ senior management and the technical expertise of many of Travelers underwriters, risk managers and other experts to provide information, analysis and solutions to public policy makers and regulators. Travelers is a leading provider of property casualty insurance for auto, home, and business. For more information, visit www.Travelers.com. About IBHS The Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety’s 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. Visit https://www.disastersafety.org/ for more information.