The National Ready Mixed Concrete Association commends Senators Roy Blunt (R-MO) and Bill Nelson (D-FL) for their leadership in introducing and passing a resilient construction amendment to the Water Resources Development Act (S. 601) in the Senate.

The amendment would require the National Academy of Sciences and the Government Accountability Office to study and provide recommendations on how to use resilient building techniques in response to damages from major disasters. The amendment allows for a better understanding of measures that can be taken during construction to ensure homes are able to withstand potentially damaging storms. Resilient building techniques are leading the movement for safer homes and buildings, and for more efficient investment of federal and local dollars.

“We’ve learned many valuable lessons over the years as communities try to recover by rebuilding after natural disasters, most recently in the Northeast from the devastation caused by Superstorm Sandy,” said NRMCA President Robert Garbini. “We applaud Senators Nelson and Blunt for their leadership on this issue.”

Strong, stable building has the potential to greatly mitigate damages caused by storms and other natural disasters. Homes and businesses that can withstand disasters protect occupants during storms, and as more disaster- resilient buildings are built, there will be less debris to cause additional damage. Defining resilient construction and adding it to the list of items the National Academy of Sciences and the Government Accountability Office are directed to study will show how to better prepare for future disasters. The amendment will ensure that the benefits of resilient construction are known so builders and contractors can best prepare for a safe future.