|For Immediate Release|
May 10, 2017
|Contact: Greg West|
1-888-ICC-SAFE (422-7233), ext. 3267
“Manage the Damage — Preparing for Natural Disasters” is the theme for Building Safety Month Week Three
Ensure that no matter what Mother Nature brings, you, your family and your community will be resilient.
Proper planning can help prevent many “what ifs” as well as help save lives and get your business back on track quicker following a natural disaster.
“Manage the Damage — Preparing for Natural Disasters” is the theme for the International Code Council’s Building Safety Month Week Three, May 15-21.
Since it was founded by the ICC in 1980,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.
“This past year, our communities have really been tested by weather and other events, struggling to assess their cross-functional resilience,” said ICC Board President Dwayne Garriss, Georgia State Fire Marshal.
“To help address this, the ICC has participated in the formation of the Alliance for National & Community Resilience (ANCR), a collaborative, non-profit organization dedicated to creating the nation’s first whole-community resilience benchmark,” Garriss added. “ANCR and its 27 member organizations intend to give communities a quick, easy and coherent way to assess their strengths and areas for improvement to foster better community resilience.”
Also, the ICC, in cooperation with several Building Safety Month sponsors, has assembled some steps to prepare your family and protect your home from natural disasters:
Although you have little control over the occurrence of hazards in your community, mitigation efforts such as building code adoption and enforcement are the strongest strategies jurisdictions can take to protect a community against the effects of natural hazards.
Mitigation through the building codes increases occupant health and safety during a disaster, protects the local tax base, ensures continuity of essential services, and supports more rapid recovery from disasters.
The ICC’s family of codes, also known as the International Codes, cover all aspects of building construction. Make sure they are part of your emergency preparedness plans.
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.