Preparing for Hurricane Lee

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Preparing for Hurricane Lee

The International Code Council is monitoring Hurricane Lee as it continues to track northward through the Atlantic this week. Hurricane Lee is expected to make landfall during the evening of Saturday, September 16, into Sunday, September 17. The track of Hurricane Lee serves as an important reminder that hurricanes can affect New England, and that preparation is a key factor in personal and community safety.

Tropical storm force winds from Hurricane Lee may extend upward to 250 miles out from the center of the storm. If you live in the forecast area, it’s important to prepare now: 

  • Check/replace emergency supplies and store bottled drinking water. 
  • Review evacuation plans. 
  • Keep a supply of flashlights and extra batteries handy. 
  • Clean storm gutters and drains. 
  • Prepare your home for high winds and rain. 
  • Repair/replace storm shutters. 
  • Check your property insurance policy for appropriate coverage. 

For the latest forecast and additional safety information, please visit the National Hurricane Center and the Code Council’s hurricane safety and resources page. 

If you need assistance, please reach out to us through your regional Government Relations representative.

Disaster Recovery Resource for Building Safety Professionals

When disasters strike, codes and standards serve as a baseline for the return to safe, sanitary, and habitable buildings. Code officials and their floodplain management counterparts rely on support from emergency managers and community leaders to help secure the critical resources needed to ensure the health, safety, and welfare of the community. To that end, FEMA has a disaster recovery policy specifically aimed at providing much-needed assistance for code officials and floodplain managers during disaster response and initial recovery for up to 180 days following a major disaster declaration. Learn how to apply for building code administration and enforcement assistance here. This policy, administered under FEMA’s program, offers reimbursement for critical community functions such as building code administration, code enforcement, floodplain management administration and enforcement, and conducting substantial damage survey inspections in affected communities.

For more information, visit the Code Council’s resource page.

Download FEMA's DRAA resource here.