ICC Stands Ready to Help with Hurricane Irma
Hurricane season is in full swing. As Texas and Louisiana deal with the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, another storm is brewing in the Atlantic Ocean. Although the path of Hurricane Irma is still uncertain, the possibility it could cause major damage has prompted Florida, Puerto Rico and other areas in its potential path to begin preparations. Florida Governor Rick Scott declared a state of emergency as did Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rosselló.
At the International Code Council (ICC), we are watching the news about the storm as it develops and keeping Florida and all those potentially impacted in our thoughts. As a member of Floridians for Safe Communities, we have worked closely with local organizations, code officials, legislators and others across Florida to ensure that the building codes are strong, its residents are protected and its communities are resilient.
In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, we have kept in close touch with code officials in Texas and Louisiana offering what help we can as they start the rebuilding process, including:
- Activating our Disaster Response Network of volunteers;
- Establishing the Hurricane Harvey Code Heroes Housing Network to connect volunteers with housing;
- Donating needed building damage evaluation forms to help with disaster assessments in the aftermath of the storm; and,
- Matching member, staff and stakeholder donations up to $64,000 to the American Red Cross.
ICC stands ready to help as Florida and Puerto Rico prepare for Hurricane Irma.