IBHS tested the effects of hail on different roofing materials to develop stronger building standards. (Photo: IBHS)

Oklahoma is well known as one of the states in “Tornado Alley,” the path many tornados take as they work their way up from central Texas to eastern South Dakota.

The destruction left behind in many communities in these states is devastating, and it can take residents years to rebuild their homes and their lives. the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS) has been at the forefront of research to help homeowners construct houses that are more resistant to high winds and hail, saving lives, protecting property — and possibly reducing insurance rates.

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