ICLR Friday Forum: Private Saferooms and Disaster Mitigation Feb 17, 2006

The Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction (ICLR) is pleased to invite you to participate in a workshop with Matthew Jaremski and Dr. Kevin Simmons from Austin College in Texas.

Mathew will focus his presentation on a two-part study based on a state of Oklahoma subsidy incentive for the construction of private saferooms. Using a comparison between those who participated in the incentive program and a random sample of the residents of Oklahoma, significant demographic differences will be addressed in order to discover which types of households will be more likely to protect themselves.

Dr. Simmons will also make a short presentation. For the last 10 years, Dr. Simmons�s research agenda has examined the value and efficacy of mitigation for wind related events. Government officials as well as insurers have cited results from this work as mitigation can be accomplished through means both public and private. His presentation will provide a summary of his research into mitigating the effects of hurricanes and tornados.

When: Friday, February 17, 2006 from 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Where: Insurance Bureau of Canada, 151 Yonge Street, 18th floor boardroom, Toronto.
RSVP: Tracy Waddington (416) 364-8677 (twaddington@iclr.org ).

About ICLR

ICLR is a research institute. Established by Canada�s property and casualty insurers, we are working to reduce disaster losses. The Institute is internationally recognized for our leadership in multi-disciplinary disaster prevention research. Quality research provides the foundation for better public policy and disaster management. We use research findings to help you better understand the hazards that you are vulnerable to, and identify simply steps you can take to better protect your family and your home. More at http://www.iclr.org/.