FEMA’s BRIC Program
The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) program is FEMA’s new $500 million mitigation grant program. It prioritizes the adoption and enforcement of hazard resistant building codes and makes funding available for adoption activities (including staff time and consultant costs), training, certifications, electronic permitting, building department accreditation, and online access to codes and standards. Brick and mortar mitigation projects are more competitive candidates for funding based on state adopted codes and local BCEGS scores.
The Code Council hosted a webinar on BRIC on September 16th which featured leaders from FEMA and state and local government, who outlined the opportunity for building and fire prevention departments through BRIC and shared best practices for how to successfully leverage BRIC through coordination with hazard mitigation officials. Click here to access webinar playback. Download a PDF of the webinar slides here.
Click here for a fact sheet with key information on how BRIC promotes the adoption and enforcement of hazard resistant codes.
Click here for additional information on the Code Council’s When Disaster Strikes Institute, which FEMA mentions in its BRIC materials on eligible code activities. After a disaster, assessing damage and determining whether structures can be re-inhabited is a challenge. When assessments are not conducted quickly, a community’s residents may potentially reoccupy unsafe structures. The Code Council’s When Disaster Strikes Institute is a two-day course available virtually that can train code officials and others to conduct assessments quickly and thoroughly, collecting all required data.
All BRIC projects are reviewed on technical criteria. Out of 100 total available points, state applicants earn 20 points if they require the 2015 or 2018 International Building Code (IBC) and International Residential Code (IRC). Click here for state adoption information regarding the IBC and IRC.
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