Hurricane Resources & Information
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 Network 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. ICC members are 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
- 2017 Hurricane Season MAT Reports and Recovery Advisories
- Post-Hurricane Building Safety Tips
- 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
- Increased Cost of Compliance Coverage
- Community Rating System
- National Flood Insurance Program
- Economic Effectiveness of Implementing a Statewide Building Code: The Case of Florida
- Public Assistance Required Minimum Standards Policy
Disaster Risk Reduction Minimum Codes and Standards FEMA Policy 204-078-2
- Summary of FEMA POLICY 204-078-2 – Disaster Risk Reduction Minimum Codes and Standards
Public Assistance Required Minimum Standards FEMA Recovery Policy FP-104-009-4
- Summary of FEMA RECOVERY POLICY FP-104-009-4 – Public Assistance Required Minimum Standards
- 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
- ICC News Release: Head off contractor fraud following Hurricanes Harvey and Irma
- Building Safety Month Week 3: Protecting Communities From Disaster
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
- U.S. News: Michael’s Destruction Reveals Region’s Weaker Building Codes
- Tampa Bay Times Editorial: Why is Florida risking future hurricane misery?
- WaPo: Hurricane Michael forecast: 'Potentially catastrophic’ storm within a few hours of crashing ashore
- CNN: Carolinas flood after Hurricane Florence: Live updates
- CNN: Hurricane Florence nears the Carolinas
- WaPo: Tracking Hurricane Florence
- The Weather Channel: Hurricane Florence Will Slow Down, Hammer Carolinas and Appalachia for Days with Catastrophic Flooding, Destructive Winds
- CNN: Hurricane Florence Aims for the Carolinas
- Yahoo News Florence likely 'the storm of a lifetime' for Carolinas: National Weather Service
- The Hill: We’ve failed to secure our coasts — we must build resilience before it’s too late
- State Estimates: Much of Florida lacks enough shelters to protect against strong hurricanes
- 2018 Atlantic hurricane outlook: How active will the season be following Alberto?
- USA Today: Natural disasters caused record $306 billion in damage to U.S. in 2017
- In Natural Disasters, States Lend Each Other a Hand
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