“We know mitigation efforts like building codes, flood-proofing, and earthquake design standards can relieve, or in some cases eliminate, the human and financial impact of disasters on the nation. As the Chairman of the Emergency Management Subcommittee, I’m working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to explore ways Congress can help encourage mitigation practices that will save lives and taxpayer money from disasters.” –Congressman Lou Barletta (R-PA)

 

“Mitigation is a national priority. It should not be just, ‘Oh, after the fact we’ll talk about it.’ No. It should be the way we do business.” –Senator Mark Begich (D-AK)

 

"These natural disasters seem to be getting bigger. The damage certainly is much larger. Whether it's Sandy or Katrina, it's important that we're being smarter about how we're building things and the mitigation costs. What we can learn from this type of facility is extremely important.” – Rep. Bill Shuster


“One of the things I think people just think about, ‘Well, we just need to change the building codes.’ Well, maybe changing the building codes is part of the answer. But what we need to do is have an incentive built into the system.” –Congressman Randy Neugebauer (R-TX)

 

“It's not whether we're going to get hit by disasters. It's just when. One of the bills, as you've heard, provides an incentive after you've been hit, when you're rebuilding something that's already been devastated. Let's make sure it's at a higher standard and it creates incentives for that. I mean, if that's not logical and common sense, I don't know what is.” -Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart
 

“That’s the goal. It’s not the goal to say, ‘Well, you’ve got to check this box and then we’re done.’ The goal is increase safety; prevent possible loss in the future in life and property. That’s the goal. And if we keep those goals in mind, especially around issues around disaster relief and mitigation, we can make a big difference.” –Senator Mark Begich (D-AK)


“One entire town was wiped out, the town of Lyons, Colorado, which is famous for its jazz festivals, its rock festivals. There are several breweries, small craft breweries in the town. And that town, I was seeing its annual budget is $1 million. And it has at least $50 million damage to infrastructure within the city. And so it's taking everybody working together to rebuild this town, which is in a beautiful spot, but needs to be rebuilt in a way that we don't have this kind of loss in the future. So from a community planning standpoint, coupled with a construction standpoint, the practices in Colorado are going to be enhanced, because the cost has been tremendous.” -Congressman Ed Perlmutter (D-CO)

 

“I am so passionate about the need for government, local, state, and federal, to work together. And I think the bottom line is this: We need to make it easy for people to do the right thing — easy to do the right thing. And we know safer building codes are the right thing. Safer building codes up front, and for darn sure, safer building codes after we know what the problem has been.” -Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (D-CT)

 

“This is obviously a very bipartisan issue. Natural disasters don't pick parties, they don't pick gender, they don't pick race. They are geographic, and they are going to hit.” - Congressman Dennis Ross (R-FL)
 

 

“According to a National Institute of Building Sciences study – for every $1 spent to make buildings stronger, the American taxpayer saves $4 in federal disaster assistance. This legislation safeguards people, property, the environment, and ultimately the economy by reducing the need for post-disaster rebuilding as more homes and buildings are likely to withstand higher impacts.” – Congressman Richard Hanna (R-NY)

 

“Strong building codes are critical to protecting the safety and vitality of our communities in the event of a natural disaster.  I am proud to sponsor this important bill to encourage states to adopt model building codes that will save lives, reduce property loss, and better construct our homes and buildings for natural catastrophes.” – Congressman Albio Sires (D-NJ)

 

“In the past few weeks and months multiple cities around the country have been victims of natural disasters destroying numerous homes, lives, and businesses. While these events have been devastating, they confirm the importance of investing in strong homes and buildings. My goal is to keep our families and communities safe while saving taxpayers money, which is precisely what this legislation focuses on.” – Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL)

 

“With weather experts predicting more disturbing climate patters in the months and years ahead, we cannot afford to repeat our past mistakes. We need a national strategy, one that is rooted in strong building codes that can help mitigate the impact of major storms.” – Joseph Myers, two-time president of the National Emergency Managers Association

 

“Everyone – homeowners, commercial property owners, taxpayers across the nation, state and federal public policymakers, insurance companies, and the broader economic and business community – benefits from the establishment and enforcement of stricter building codes.” – Julie Rochman, President and CEO of the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety