Travelers, Habitat for Humanity Join Forces to Develop Communities, Build Safer Homes in Coastal Regions

  Travelers, Habitat for Humanity Join Forces to Develop Communities, Build
  Safer Homes in Coastal Regions

               Partnership constructs Fortified Homes with IBHS

Business Wire

-- December 03, 2012

The Travelers Companies, Inc. (NYSE: TRV):

        
           News conference announcing a joint initiative of the Travelers
WHAT:      Foundation, the charitable arm of The Travelers Companies, Inc.,
           the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety and Habitat for
           Humanity International to build affordable, wind-resistant homes.

WHEN:      Monday, Dec. 10, 2012

           8:30 a.m.                   B-roll opportunities as construction
                                         begins

                                         Remarks and house tour to review
                                         FORTIFIED features and their
           10:30 a.m.                    contributions to the house’s ability
                                         to withstand severe wind storms.
                                         Experts below will be available for
                                         comment during this time.

WHERE:     667 Seal Boulevard, Bay St. Louis, MS
           

WHO:

  *Wendy McDonald, Executive Director, Habitat for Humanity Bay-Waveland
  *Eric M. Nelson, Vice President of Enterprise Catastrophe and Analysis, The
    Travelers Companies, Inc.
  *Marlene Ibsen, CEO and President of the Travelers Foundation, The
    Travelers Companies, Inc.
  *Remington “Rem” Brown, Senior Engineering Manager, IBHS
  *Doug Harper, Corporate Development Director, Habitat for Humanity
    International
  *Russ Griffith, Senior Construction Specialist, Habitat for Humanity
    International


IN MORE DETAIL:
      As part of $500,000 in grants provided to Habitat for Humanity by the
      Travelers Foundation in 2012, Travelers funded eight pilot Habitat
      builds, which are now underway in Alabama and Mississippi. The homes
      will be built in accordance with IBHS’ FORTIFIED construction standards,
   which provide practical, meaningful structural upgrades to strengthen
      new, as well as existing, homes. Travelers also is funding the
      development of IBHS training programs and materials to support Habitat
      affiliates’ efforts to build safer, wind-resistant homes in partnership
      with low-income families.
      

About Travelers
The Travelers Companies, Inc. (NYSE: TRV) is a leading provider of property
casualty insurance for auto, home and business. A component of the Dow Jones
Industrial Average, Travelers has more than 30,000 employees and generated
revenues of approximately $25 billion in 2011. The company provides support
for charitable organizations in the community through the Travelers Foundation
and with corporate funding. The company’s community giving is focused on
education, community development and the arts. Travelers employees are
consistently active in community initiatives and perform thousands of hours in
volunteer time each year. For more information, visit www.travelers.com.

About Habitat for Humanity International
Habitat for Humanity International is a global nonprofit Christian housing
organization that seeks to put God’s love into action by bringing people
together to build homes, communities and hope. Since 1976, Habitat has served
more than 500,000 families by welcoming people of all races, religions and
nationalities to construct, rehabilitate or preserve homes; by advocating for
fair and just housing policies; and by providing training and access to
resources to help families improve their shelter conditions. For more
information, to donate or to volunteer, please visit www.Habitat.org, follow
us at www.facebook.com/habitat or at www.twitter.com/habitat_org or join
Habitat’s blog community at www.habitat.org/blog.

About the IBHS
IBHS is an independent, nonprofit, scientific research and communications
organization supported by the property insurance industry. The organization
works to reduce the social and economic effects of natural disasters and other
risks on residential and commercial property by conducting building science
research and advocating improved construction, maintenance and preparedness
practices. Visit www.DisasterSafety.org for more information about how to make
your buildings more resistant to a variety of disasters, large and small.
Follow IBHS on Twitter at @DisasterSafety and on Facebook.

Contact:

The Travelers Companies, Inc.
Ashley M. Maagero, 860-277-2954
amaagero@travelers.com
or
IBHS
Joseph King, 813-675-1045
Media Relations Manager
813-442-2845 (c)
jking@ibhs.org
or
Habitat for Humanity International
Tami Griffin, 404-420-6789
tagriffin@habitat.org