4/27/17 – BuildStrong Coalition Lauds Congressional Hearing on Mitigating Disaster Damage

WASHINGTON, DC – The BuildStrong Coalition commended the U.S. House of Representatives Transportation & Infrastructure Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management for holding a hearing today on mitigating damage and recovering quickly from disasters as part of its plan for Building a 21st Century Infrastructure for America. +read more

10/26/16 – FEMA Issues New Building Code Standards Based on BuildStrong Priority

WASHINGTON, DC – The BuildStrong Coalition applauds the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for issuing a new policy designed to significantly increase resilience standards during the repair and reconstruction of buildings following a major catastrophe. +read more

7/13/16 – BuildStrong Coalition Applauds Congressional Hearing on Government Response to Superstorm Sandy

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The BuildStrong Coalition commends the U.S. House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response, and Communications for holding a recent field hearing exploring how investments in disaster mitigation made by the city, state, and federal government following Hurricane Sandy have prepared the New York City metropolitan area for another catastrophe. The hearing, titled “A Prepared Community is a Resilient Community,” took place at the Staten Island University Hospital Regina McGinn Educational Center in New York. It featured testimony from stakeholders impacted by Hurricane Sandy and who are likely to be involved in responding to future disasters in the region. +read more

5/12/16 – BuildStrong Coalition Commends National Mitigation Investment Act at House Transportation and Infrastructure Hearing

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The BuildStrong Coalition today commended Reps. Carlos Curbelo (R-FL) and Albio Sires (D-NJ) on their leadership in carrying the National Mitigation Investment Act (NMIA) of 2016 during a hearing held by the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee’s Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management. Eric Nelson, Senior Vice President of Catastrophe Risk Management and Analysis at Travelers and executive committee member of the BuildStrong Coalition, testified at the hearing titled “Controlling the Rising Cost of Federal Responses to Disaster,” on behalf of the BuildStrong Coalition. David Paulison, former director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency and a senior advisor to the BuildStrong Coalition, was unable to attend and submitted written testimony. +read more

5/11/16 – *MEDIA ADVISORY* – BuildStrong Coalition Testifies in Support of Bipartisan National Emergency Preparedness Legislation Tomorrow

Representatives of the BuildStrong Coalition will testify in support of the bipartisan National Mitigation Investment Act of 2016 tomorrow, Thursday, May 12, 2016 at the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management’s hearing, “Controlling the Rising Cost of Federal Responses to Disaster.” +read more

5/10/16 – BuildStrong Coalition Praises Introduction of National Mitigation Investment Act of 2016

WASHINGTON, D.C. The BuildStrong Coalition applauds Reps. Carlos Curbelo (R-FL) and Albio Sires (D-NJ) for introducing H.R. 5177, the National Mitigation Investment Act of 2016. This bipartisan legislation will reform federal disaster policy to incentivize pre-disaster mitigation and resilient construction. +read more

10/19/15 – New Report Calls for National Mitigation Investment Strategy to Lessen Impact of Natural Disasters

WASHINGTON, DC – The rising costs associated with Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy demonstrate the need for a move from off-budget post-disaster spending to on-budget pre-disaster preparation – a shift which can be paid for by utilizing mismanaged dollars that have gone unused in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. +read more

6/17/15 – Federal Lawmakers Continue Discussion on Disaster Preparedness and Assistance

WASHINGTON, DC – Today the BuildStrong Coalition commended U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta (R-PA) and members of the Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings and Emergency Management for advancing discussions on disaster preparedness and assistance. +read more

5/26/15 – BuildStrong Coalition Engages Policymakers on Disaster Preparedness at the Start of the Atlantic Hurricane Season

Urges Enactment of H.R. 1748, “The Safe Building Code Incentive Act” and H.R. 1471 “The FEMA Disaster Assistance Reform Act of 2015” +read more

4/15/15 – BuildStrong Coalition Announces Support of Safe Building Code Incentive Act and FEMA Disaster Assistance Reform Act of 2015

WASHINGTON, DC – The BuildStrong Coalition today announced support of the Safe Building Code Incentive Act, H.R. 1748, which was introduced yesterday by U.S. Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL) in the U.S. House and would provide additional disaster relief assistance to states that adopt and enforce strong building codes. +read more

3/19/15 – BuildStrong Coalition Outlines Disaster Losses in House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee Roundtable

WASHINGTON, DC – The BuildStrong Coalition participated in a roundtable on March 18, 2015 at 9:30 a.m. titled, “What is Driving the Increasing Costs and Rising Losses from Disasters?” +read more

1/27/15 – Former FEMA Director Robert David Paulison Calls On Congress to Establish Blue Ribbon Commission to Examine Rising Costs of Natural Disasters

In testimony before the House Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings and Emergency Management, former FEMA Director Robert David Paulison called upon lawmakers to take a proactive approach to disaster mitigation in response to the rapidly rising costs associated with disaster relief. +read more

7/14/14 – BuildStrong Coalition Hails Passage of The National Windstorm Impact Reducation Act Reauthorization of 2013

The BuildStrong Coalition applauded the U.S. House of Representatives for passing, H.R. 1786, The National Windstorm Impact Reduction Act Reauthorization of 2013, today. Introduced by Rep. Randy Neugebauer (R-TX), this bill authorizes funding for increased research into reducing the economic and human toll of windstorms. +read more

7/2/14 – First Hurricane Watch of 2014 Issued for Atlantic Coast: America Needs a Natural Disaster Mitigation Stragegy Now

With Tropical Storm Arthur picking up steam along the Atlantic Coast, the BuildStrong Coalition renewed its call for Congress and the White House to move quickly on a series of bills that would fortify the national against hurricanes and other natural disasters. +read more

5/14/14 – BuildStrong Coalition Testifies Before Senate Hearing on Role of Mitigation in Reducing Taxpayer-Costs Associated with Disaster Response

The BuildStrong Coalition delivered testimony today before the U.S. Senate Homeland Security Committee’s Subcommittee on Emergency Management, Intergovernmental Relations and the District of Columbia in support of S.924, The Safe Building Code Incentive Act and other practical legislative solutions to reduce taxpayer exposure to natural disasters. +read more

12/13/13- BuildStrong Coalition Applauds Federal Insurance Office Report for Focusing on the Importance of Building Codes to Save Lives and Reduce the Cost of Property Damage

The Federal Insurance Office (FIO) issued a report today that stressed the important role that strong building codes can play in mitigating natural disasters. The BuildStrong Coalition applauded the FIO for showcasing this important issue in its much-anticipated report and once again called upon members of Congress to pass the Safe Building Code Incentive Act, which would help make strong building codes the national norm, not the except. +read more

9/18/13- BuildStrong Coalition: FEMA Disaster Mitigation Strategy Should Include Safer Construction, Stronger Building Codes

Strong building codes can save lives while reducing property damage and the ensuing need for federal disaster assistance, the BuildStrong Coalition said today in a letter to members of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee's Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings and Emergency Management as they begin the work of FEMA authorization. A copy of the letter is attached to this press release. +read more

8/20/13- Hurricane Sandy Task Force Urges Statewide Adoption of Most Recent International Code Council Building Standards

The BuildStrong Coalition applauded President Obama's Hurricane Sandy Task Force for recommending that states impacted by Sandy move quickly to adopt the latest version of the ICC model building standards. The coalition is optimistic that the task force's recommendations will provide momentum in Congress to pass the Safe Building Code Incentive Act.  +read more

5/8/13- BuildStrong Coalition Commends U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and U.S. Representative Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL) for Re-Introducing Safe Building Code Incentive Act
The bipartisan Safe Building Code Incentive Act, which would encourage states to adopt and enforce strong building codes as a disaster mitigation strategy was introduced today into the 113th Congress. The BuildStrong Coalition applauded the leadership of U.S. Senator Robert Menendez and U.S. Representative at a time when the nation desperately needs a pro-active strategy to mitigate the costs of natural disasters +read more

4/29/13- BuildStrong Coalition and Congressional Fire Services Institute to host opinion leader forum on the importance of strong building codes
On May 9, 2013, the BuildStrong Coalition and Congressional Fire Services Institute will host a forum in Washington, DC to discuss the effectiveness of model building codes as a disaster mitigation strategy. The event will be held at the Washington Hilton from 8:30 a.m – 1:00 p.m. +read more

2/1/13- Legislation Aimed at Improving Safety and Lowering Insurance Rates Meets Opposition in Mississippi

A common sense bill designed to promote strong building codes in Mississippi has been met with opposition from some county and municipal leaders. The Mississippi Windstorm Coordinating Council issued a press release this week on the importance of encouraging the statewide adoption of model building codes in the state. According to the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety, Mississippi ranked dead last of states in the Atlantic and Gulf regions in terms of promoting strong building codes to protect homeowners and communities from natural disasters and other hazzards. +read more

12/19/12- BuildStrong Coalition Commends Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) for Introducing Senate Version of The Safe Building Code Incentive Act
The BuildStrong Coalition commended U.S. Senator Robert Menendez of New Jersey today for introducing The Safe Building Code Incentive Act in the U.S. Senate. The legislation, which has been endorsed by fire chiefs and co-sponsored by Senators Schumer (D-NY), Gillibrand (D-NY) and Lautenberg (D-NJ), would provide additional disaster relief assistance to states that enforce statewide model building codes to help mitigate the costs of natural disasters. The Menendez bill would apply retroactively prior to Superstorm Sandy, ensuring that New Jersey and New York, two states that long have enforced strong building codes, would be eligible for additional aid to help rebuild in the aftermath of this most recent disaster. +read more

7/24/12- BuildStrong Coalition Testifies Before Congress on Strong Building Codes
The BuildStrong Coalition provided testimony before the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee on the invaluable contributions strong building codes can make to the nation. The scientific evidence is overwhelming. Strong building codes protect property, save lives and reduce taxpayer exposure to natural disasters. +read more

7/23/12- Key Congressional Committee Spotlights Vital Role Strong Building Codes Can Play in Mitigating the Costs of Natural Disasters
The BuildStrong Coalition commended Chairman John Mica and Chairman Jeff Denham today for holding an important hearing in the House Transportation and Infastructure Committee on the major difference that strong building codes can make in protecting property, saving lives and ultimately reducing taxpayer exposure to major natural disasters. +read more

6/5/12- BuildStrong Coalition Member, IBHS, Urges House Committee to Reauthorize National Windstorm Impact Reduction Program​

The Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS), which is a member of the BuildStrong Coalition, delivered testimony today before the House Science, Space and Technology Subcommittees on Research and Technology urging lawmakers to reauthorize the National Windstorm Impact Reduction Program (NWIP). Ms. Debra Ballen, general counsel and senior vice president for public policy at IBHS, was the witness at the hearing. +read more

5/7/12 – National Building Safety Month Showcases Vital Role Strong Building Codes Can Play in Mitigating Costs of Natural Disasters
The BuildStrong Coalition commended the Obama Administration for declaring May, National Building Safety Month, and called upon Congress to enact the Safe Building Code Incentive Act to encourage the widespread adoption of model building codes to better protect our communities from natural disasters. +read more

4/25/12 – BuildStrong Coalition Releases Study Showing Potential Taxpayer Savings from Strong Building Codes
The BuildStrong Coalition released a comprehensive study conducted by Milliman, a renowned actuarial and consulting firm, that showed the federal government and taxpayers could have reaped significant savings from natural disasters if strong building codes would have been in widespread use in recent years. Milliman estimated that the savings from hurricane damage alone could have been $13 billion over the past 20 years. +read more

10/27/11 – Homeland Security Committee Chairman Peter King Endorses Safe Building Code Incentive Act; Legislation Also Garners Support of Congressional Fire Services Institute
Congressman Peter King (R-NY), one of the leading experts in Congress on emergency management issues, has thrown his support behind The Safe Building Code Incentive Act. His endorsement comes on the heels of the Congressional Fire Services Institute passing a resolution in support of the bill. +read more

10/13/11 – Co-Chair of House Irene Caucus Endorses Safe Building Code Incentive Act
Congressman Chris Gibson (NY-20), a co-chair of the House Irene Caucus, endorsed The Safe Building Code Incentive Act today and urged his colleagues to help pass this important legislation. The BuildStrong Coalition commended Gibson for his leadership on disaster relief issues. +read more

9/19/11 – Promoting Strong Building Codes Should Be Part Of Congress' Response To Hurricane Irene
The BuildStrong Coalition urged Congress today to include legislation that would promote the adoption of strong building codes in the disaster relief bill it will soon pass. +read more

7/20/11 – Senate Hearing Highlights Need For Strong Building Codes
FEMA told the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Subcommittee on Disaster Recovery and Intergovernmental Affairs yesterday that mitigation and strong building codes are important to protecting property and lives from natural disasters. +read more

7/14/11 – BuildStrong Coalition Urges House Transportation And Infrastructure Committee To Encourage Adoption Of Nationwide Building Codes
Lawmakers could help communities recover from major natural disasters while saving taxpayers money by adopting the provisions of H.B. 2069, The Safe Building Code Incentive Act, the BuildStrong Coalition said today in testimony submitted to the House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings and Emergency Management. +read more

6/1/11 – BuildStrong Coalition Backs Safe Building Code Incentive Act
The BuildStrong Coalition today urged passage of H.R. 2069, the Safe Building Code Incentive Act, introduced today by Congressmen Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL), Albio Sires (D-NJ) and Richard Hanna (R-NY). The bill encourages states to adopt and enforce stronger building codes to better protect homes and buildings during natural disasters. +read more