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There are clear opportunities for the federal government to support research into making homes and businesses safer from violent windstorms, and to remove barriers to developing hazard resistant construction, according to the Institute for Business & Home Safety. “The main obstacles to widespread implementation of windstorm mitigation techniques in new and existing structures relate directly to issues of complacency, education, research, and cost,” Timothy Reinhold, IBHS vice president of engineering, told a Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation Subcommittee on Disaster Prevention and Prediction.

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