The International Hurricane Research Center, Miami, names the following 10 U.S. mainland areas as the most vulnerable to hurricanes:
Recognizing the risks these areas face, the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS) has focused its efforts toward increasing the resiliency of single-family homes. Founded in 1977 by U.S. property insurers, IBHS conducts research into and promotes effective measures for reducing losses associated with natural and man-made hazards to homes and commercial buildings.
To that end, the IBHS Research Center in Richburg, S.C., opened in October 2010. The test facility has been used to subject full-scale buildings to hurricane-strength wind and rain, fire and hailstorm simulations.