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Following the devastation left by Hurricane Sandy, the owner of this home in Seaford, New York, is having it raised to help decrease the chances of future disaster damage. Credit: Howard Greenblatt/FEMA

Building Codes, Planning Key to Community Resilience

Dominic Sims, CEO, International Code Council

“Buildings built to the most modern building codes were the safest places to be during Hurricane Sandy.”

Having spent most of my life in code enforcement, I’ve known this to be fact and have seen the evidence with my own eyes. But hearing New York City Chief Resilience Officer Daniel Zarrilli say it on stage at the White House Conference on Resilient Building Codes this past May after the death and destruction wrought on the Northeast during Superstorm Sandy in 2012 brought back so many memories and reminded me why the International Code Council’s motto and mission is: “People Helping People Build a Safer World.”

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NIST’s Community Resilience Planning for Buildings and Infrastructure Systems lays out a six-step process to help communities improve their resilience by setting priorities and allocating resources to manage risks for their prevailing hazards. It’s a way to turn resilience concepts into action. Credit: K. Dill/NIST
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