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

The destruction left behind in many communities in these statesis devastating, and it can take residents years to rebuild theirhomes and their lives. the Insurance Institute for Business & HomeSafety (IBHS) has been at the forefront of research to helphomeowners construct houses that are more resistant to high windsand hail, saving lives, protecting property — and possiblyreducing insurance rates.

Today, one lucky family received the key to the first FORTIFIED Home™–High Wind & Hail—Gold home incentral Oklahoma from the Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity affiliate(COHFH) and experts from IBHS at a house dedication ceremony.

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Rosalie Donlon

Rosalie Donlon is the editor in chief of ALM's insurance and tax publications, including NU Property & Casualty magazine and NU PropertyCasualty360.com. You can contact her at [email protected].