Thursday Schedule Detail
Session Name: Engineering: Buildings & Structures~~Recovering from Disasters with Building Codes
Building code enforcement is an important part of post-disaster recovery. Hazard-resistant provisions in building codes reduce damage to buildings, increase public safety, and allow communities to recover more quickly from natural disasters such as hurricanes. This session will cover FEMA’s new policy “Disaster Risk Reduction Minimum Codes and Standards” and its application to Public Assistance, as well as planning for pre- and post-disaster building code enforcement. FEMA will require integration of building codes and standards for programs that fund buildings. The first presentation will focus on how this policy applies to Public Assistance, explain the reasoning behind the policy and highlight wind and flood provisions in the International Codes and the referenced standard ASCE 24, Flood Resistant Design and Construction. The second presentation will address getting building code enforcement help after a disaster and what to do before a disaster to ensure that help will be there when you need it. This includes funding for post-disaster code enforcement, as well as funding to improve local codes. The presenters will also discuss how the Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC) can be used for post-disaster building code enforcement and how that ties into the Public Assistance program. Through EMAC, states can share their resources with affected states in need of assistance.
Day of Week: Thursday
Time Start: 3:30PM