May is Building Safety Month and the Portland Cement Association is urging policy makers to support resilient construction and adopt the International Residential Code and International Building Code. Building Safety Month is a national public awareness campaign and according to a May 4 press release:

A study from the Multihazard Mitigation Council (MMC) showed that every dollar spent on reducing the potential impact of disasters saves society an average of $4. With robust construction, the damage from major storms can be less severe, reducing resources that a community will have to spend on emergency response, reconstruction, repair, and recovery.

“Simply adopting the most recent model code may not be enough. Jurisdictions must also be appropriately modifying the code to assure that it reflects the needs of the region,” said Steve Szoke, senior director of codes and standards at PCA. “We’ve seen the devastating damage of Hurricane Sandy and the battered Jersey shore, or when a tornado rips through Arkansas. These are all major disasters that have happened within the last five years and caused billions in damages. Stronger codes would allow for communities to bounce back soon after another disaster.”

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