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 Alliance 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. Code Council members also assist devastated communities with post-disaster building plans reviews, inspections and permit operations through the Emergency Management Assistance Compact EMAC.
Hurricanes and natural disasters of all kinds create a variety of needs. The American Red Cross is at the ready to mobilize in various communities to provide shelter, clothes, food – whatever is needed.
Here are some other resources to help you prepare for, and deal with, the devastation of hurricanes:
- Structural Extreme Events Reconnaissance (StEER) Network Early Access Reconnaissance Report (EARR) for Hurricane Michael
- PermitTechNation Hurricane Florence Disaster Assistance
- FEMA: Hurricane Safety
- Planet Ready: Atlantic Fury National Level Exercise
- FEMA Mitigation Assessment Team (MAT) Reports
- Post-Hurricane Building Safety Tips
- Asbestos and Natural Disasters Guide
- Disaster Relief: How to Assist from a Distance
- Disaster Resistant Communities Group: Just In Time Disaster Training
- 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
- Community Rating System
- National Flood Insurance Program
- Economic Effectiveness of Implementing a Statewide Building Code: The Case of Florida
- Disaster Recovery Reform Act (DRRA) of 2018
- DRRA 1206 Code Administration and Enforcement DRAFT Policy
- DRRA 1235b Public Assistance 406 Codes and Standards Policy and FAQ:
- 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
- Building Safety Month Week 1: Disaster Preparedness
- The Ultimate Guide to Hurricane Preparedness, Recovery & Relief
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
Questions? Contact us.