The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) released a new building codes strategy last week, redefining the goals and objectives it will pursue to promote the application, adoption, and enforcement of hazard-resistant building codes across America.
This first-of-its-kind strategy focuses on three core goals which include:
Integrating building codes and standards across FEMA
Strengthening nationwide capacity for superior building performance, and
Driving public action on building codes
FEMA’s new goals will drive coordination and prioritize the agency’s activities to advance the adoption and enforcement of hazard-resistant building codes and standards for FEMA programs and communities nationwide.
Announced at the 2022 National Hurricane Conference, FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell described hazard-resistant codes as “a cornerstone of loss reduction,” that “save property, but more importantly, they save lives.”
In the new strategy, FEMA highlights several building codes, specifications, and standards, including nine International Codes and two International Code Council standards.
The strategy works towards internal alignment of priorities and practices across all of FEMA’s programs related to building codes and acts as a guide, both inside and outside of the agency, to promote consistency and the value of building codes towards disaster mitigation.
It promotes integrating building codes and standards across FEMA, strengthening nationwide capability and expertise, and driving public action.
In addition to the goals, the Building Code Strategy is comprised of 14 objectives that focus on:
Leveraging partnerships to promote current hazard-resistant building codes
Understanding stakeholder needs to identify opportunities that advance building code adoption and enforcement
Amplifying climate science messaging to increase public demand for building codes and standards
Targeting building code adoption outreach to the most vulnerable communities achieve a more resilient nation
(See how homeowner Al Dintino uses FEMA’s Building Science online resources at https://www.fema.gov/emergency-manage… to follow mitigation measures that allowed him to rebuild safer and stronger to withstand future storms and floods. Courtesy of FEMA and YouTube.)
“[I]t is partners such as the International Code Council who are here today, that are making the difference,” said Administrator Criswell.
“I would like to thank the ICC for their advocacy and partnership in promoting and educating communities on the critical importance of modern building codes and standards.”
FEMA’s strategy also serves to address the importance of supporting underserved communities that have a greater probability of living in structurally unsafe housing, noting that low-income communities have been shown to be disproportionately impacted by natural hazards as individuals are less likely to live in housing constructed according to modern building codes.
FEMA plans to expand support to these communities to foster safe and resilient communities nationwide.
(Hear from FEMA Administrator Criswell, and the National Hurricane Center as they discuss preparations for the 2022 hurricane season on Tuesday, April 13. Courtesy of WPIR and YouTube.)
“This document is just the first step in a comprehensive building codes implementation at local jurisdictions and to help the federal government align building codes across the nation, added Administrator Criswell.
“These efforts will better prepare our nation for disasters, mitigate the impact of those disasters when they inevitably occur and ultimately help save lives and minimize property loss.”
Building off the FEMA-wide approach to building codes outlined in the strategy, the agency is supporting alignment across the federal government on building codes and standards to include all agencies and departments that reference codes and standards in their programs and to encourage the adoption and implementation of hazard-resistant codes at all levels of government, working with private sector partners, including the Code Council and others, to execute these efforts nationwide.
“The role of modern building codes has become increasingly important as we strive to keep communities safe, resilient, and affordable,” said Code Council Chief Executive Officer Dominic Sims, CBO.
“The Code Council commends FEMA for their dedication to establishing a comprehensive and consistent national strategy towards the implementation, adoption, and effective enforcement of hazard-resistant building codes.”
The International Code Council (ICC), is the leading global source of model codes and standards and building safety solutions. ICC codes, standards, and solutions are used to ensure safe, affordable, and sustainable communities and buildings worldwide.
(Learn More. The International Code Council and its many partners come together every May to celebrate Building Safety Month and this year’s 42nd annual Building Safety Month Campaign is “Safety for All: Building Codes in Action.” This year’s initiative will cover topics that impact our everyday lives: energy, careers in building safety, emergency management, and potable water. Courtesy of the International Code Council and YouTube.)
To Learn More, please visit www.iccsafe.org/.
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FEMA Nominated in 2022 ‘ASTORS’ Awards Program
American Security Today’s Annual ‘ASTORS’ Awards is the preeminent U.S. Homeland Security Awards Program, and now in its Seventh Year, continues to recognize industry leaders of Physical and Border Security, Cybersecurity, Emergency Preparedness – Management and Response, Law Enforcement, First Responders, as well as federal, state and municipal government agencies in the acknowledgment of their outstanding efforts to Keep our Nation Secure.
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The United States was forever changed 20 years ago on September 11th, and we were fortunate to have many of those who responded to those horrific tragedies join us at the 2021 ‘ASTORS’ Awards Luncheon.
In the days that followed 9/11, the critical needs of protecting our country catapulted us into new and innovative ways to secure our homeland – which is how many of the agencies and enterprise organizations that are today ‘ASTORS’ Awards Champions, came into being.
Our 2021 keynote speaker featured a moving and informative address from TSA Administrator and Vice-Admiral of the United States Coast Guard (Ret), David Pekoske; to our attendees who traveled from across the United States and abroad, on the strategic priorities of the 64,000 member TSA workforce in securing the transportation system, enabling safe, and in many cases, contactless travel.
Legendary Police Commissioner William Bratton of the New York Police Department, the Boston Police Department, and former Chief of the Los Angeles Police Department was also live at the event, meeting with attendees and signing copies of his latest work ‘The Profession: A Memoir of Community, Race, and the Arc of Policing in America,’ courtesy of the generosity of our 2021 ‘ASTORS’ Awards Premier Sponsors.
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