Hurricane Safety & Information
Hurricanes can carry sustained winds of 160 mph, certainly more than building codes can handle to prevent all damage. Along with the devastating winds are storm surges that can ravage populated areas with 10 feet or more of water for miles inland.
The International Code Council and its 64,000 members have stood ready to help through its Disaster Response Network of building safety professionals who volunteer to help jurisdictions that request aid with building damage assessment, building inspections and other code-related functions in disaster areas. ICC members are also assist devastated communities with post-disaster building plans reviews, inspections and permit operations through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact EMAC.
Here are resources to help you prepare for, and deal with, the devastation of hurricanes:
- ICC News Release: Head off contractor fraud following Hurricanes Harvey and Irma
- Hurricane Recovery Advisories
- Post-Hurricane Building Safety Tips
- Disaster Relief: How to Assist from a Distance
- Florida Division of Emergency Management: Prepare and Stay Aware
- NFIP Infographic: How to File a Flood Insurance Claim
- What to do After the Flood
- Disaster Survivor’s Checklist
- Flood Insurance Policyholders: Understand your Claims Options
- What to do After Your Flood Adjuster Visits
- Increased Cost of Compliance Coverage
- Community Rating System
- National Flood Insurance Program
- Economic Effectiveness of Implementing a Statewide Building Code: The Case of Florida
- Public Assistance Required Minimum Standards Policy
Disaster Risk Reduction Minimum Codes and Standards FEMA Policy 204-078-2
- Summary of FEMA POLICY 204-078-2 – Disaster Risk Reduction Minimum Codes and Standards
Public Assistance Required Minimum Standards FEMA Recovery Policy FP-104-009-4
- Summary of FEMA RECOVERY POLICY FP-104-009-4 – Public Assistance Required Minimum Standards
- Storm Reconstruction Toolkit from the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA). For more information, contact NEMA’s field representatives.
- Electrical Safety Foundation International’s Home Disaster Safety webpage
- ATC-45 Webinar for Hurricane Harvey Responders
- Building Safety Month Week 3: Manage the Damage — Preparing for Natural Disasters
- Letter from ICC CEO Dominic Sims to Texas Governor Greg Abbott
The Code Council partnered with the FEMA Building Science Branch on these free online courses:
- Flood Provisions of the International Residential Code – Part 1
- Flood Provisions of the International Residential Code – Part 2
- FEMA’s free building code resources for all hazards
- 2018 Atlantic hurricane outlook: How active will the season be following Alberto?
- Alberto downgraded to subtropical depression, heavy rains expected -- live updates
- USA Today: Natural disasters caused record $306 billion in damage to U.S. in 2017
- San Diego Union-Tribune—Hurricane Maria: Photos, video from Puerto Rico show storm's fury
- New York Times: How to Help Victims of Hurricane Maria
- In Natural Disasters, States Lend Each Other a Hand
- The Texas Tribune: Turner says Houston is "getting back on our feet" after Harvey. Here's what you should know today.
- Washington Post: Recovery, rescues and cleanup in Texas after Hurricane Harvey
- ABC News: Hurricane Harvey projected to be at least 2nd costliest storm in US history
- FEMA: The National Flood Insurance Program
- LA Times: Harvey is one of the costliest disasters in U.S. history. Most of the victims have no flood insurance.
- ABC News: Hurricane Harvey wreaks historic devastation: By the numbers
- Washington Post: Scammers using robo-calls about insurance to fleece Hurricane Harvey survivors
Questions? Contact us.