|For Immediate Release
May 10, 2016
|Contact: Trey Hughes
1-888-ICC-SAFE (422-7233), ext. 5237
“Learn from the Past, Build for Tomorrow” is the Theme for Building Safety Month Week Three
Disaster Preparedness Ensures Safe and Resilient Homes, Businesses and Communities
Making sure your family is prepared for any natural disaster is important. Your actions can ensure that no matter what Mother Nature brings, you, your family and your community will be safe and resilient.
Since 1980 and founded by the International Code Council, Building Safety Month has been an annual public safety awareness campaign to help individuals, families and businesses understand what it takes to create safe and sustainable structures. The theme for week three of Building Safety Month 2016, May 16-22, is “Learn from the Past, Build for Tomorrow.”
“The Boy Scouts of America have the motto, ‘Be Prepared,’ and it applies to disaster preparedness, as well,” said ICC Board of Directors President Alex Olszowy, III, with the Lexington Fayette Urban County Government in Lexington, Ky. “It is so easy to forget about keeping up with items we may hardly ever use, such as first-aid kits, bottled water, dry goods, flashlights and spare batteries. You just don’t know when you might be without the amenities we have become accustomed to.”
Here are a few tips to follow from the Federal Alliance for Safe Homes when preparing your family for any emergency:
Review your plan regularly. If you make changes that affect the information in your disaster plan, update it immediately.
Major sponsors the American Wood Council, BOMA International, Simpson Strong-Tie, the Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute, and the Softwood Lumber Board provide several resources for families and communities to learn from the past and build a safer tomorrow. Read more.
About the International Code Council
The International Code Council is a member-focused association. It is dedicated to developing model codes and standards used in the design, build and compliance process to construct safe, sustainable, affordable and resilient structures. Most U.S. communities and many global markets choose the International Codes.