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Homeowners: Protecting your Home


The Institute for Business and Home Safety Maintenance Matters "what to do" resources for homeowners:

  • Alternative Heating Sources
  • Basement flooding - identifying solutions
  • Commercial Electrical Safety
  • Exterior walls - seal out water
  • Hiring a Professional Electrical Contractor
  • Home heating oil tank
  • HVAC seasonal checklist
  • Leak alert systems
  • Lightning strikes
  • Roof
  • Sewer backflow valves
  • Surroundings - prepare your yard
  • Top 10 Structural Retrofits
  • Tree damage
  • Washing machine hose
  • Water damage
  • Learn more 

Natural Hazard Insurance


The Fortified...for safer living ® program

If you are home builder or are considering having a home built, you may be interested in the Fortified...for Safer Living Program as it specifies construction, design and landscaping guidelines to increase a new home's resistance to natural disaster from the ground up.

Protect your home from hazards known to impact Oregon

Oregon's Partnership for Disaster Resilience offers resources on how to protect your home from weather-related damage from earthquakes, flood, high winds, and wildfire.

Federal Alliance for Safe Home (FLASH)

FLASH produces a wide variety of materials and programs that focus on educating consumers and building professionals about the importance of strengthening homes and safeguarding families from disaster.

Animated Homeowner How-To's is a series of unique animations that guide a homeowner or builder step by step through the latest tested and approved mitigation techniques for the home. These include: Foundations, Hail, Lightning, Roof, Safe Landscaping, Safe Rooms, Straps, Walls, Windows and Doors, and Wildfire. Visit the FLASH YouTube channel for additional videos.

FLASH® Cards provide concise, accurate disaster-safety information that has been thoroughly reviewed and approved by the nation's leading emergency management professionals. Due to popular demand, the number of cards has expanded to include 20 topics, which are available in English and Spanish. Topics include: Emergency Board-Up, Flooding Safety, Hail, Hurricanes, Lightning, Pet Safety, Power Outage, Severe Winds, Terrorism, Wildfire and Winter Freeze.

If Disaster Strikes Will You be Covered? A Homeowner's Insurance Guide to Natural Disasters

online version – PDF 

In this guide, you will learn about the major perils that threaten your property. You’ll gain a better understanding of different insurance products and forms, which vary for different types of disasters, as well as the many steps you can take to mitigate potential losses from natural disasters.

Oregon Landscaping – Keep your home safe. Create defensible space.

  • Fire-Resistant Plants for Oregon Home Landscapes: Selecting plants that may reduce your risk from wildfire  Full - Brief Landscape plant identification information and images website.