Homes Can Be Built to Better Withstand Most Tornadoes

Nonprofit Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH) offers commentary in observance of Building Safety Month

May 01, 2014, 15:59 ET from Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla., May 1, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The nonprofit Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH) today released Building Codes: The Foundation for Resilience, its commentary prepared for the BuildStrong 2nd Annual National Thought Leaders Forum: Building Codes for a Stronger and Safer America.  The Forum on Capitol Hill coincided with the annual observance of International Code Council's Building Safety Month celebration each May.  The commentary examines the American building code system, how a new tornado design philosophy is making it possible to build homes to withstand most tornadoes, and recommendations to strengthen the overall delivery of model building codes, standards and effective enforcement.

"As we join our nation's leaders to sound the call for resilient communities, we are at a pivotal moment in our history with respect to our system of building codes, standards and practices," said FLASH President and CEO Leslie Chapman-Henderson.  "Where the system is weak, it is invisible to the public until disaster strikes.  We are certain that when we reach a higher level of building performance, we will not only enhance life safety, but we will begin to mitigate the devastating economic losses that have become all too common when disasters strike."

Building Safety Month is a public awareness campaign offered each year to help individuals, families and businesses understand what it takes to create and sustain safe and sustainable structures. The campaign reinforces the need for adoption of modern, model building codes, a strong and efficient system of code enforcement and a well-trained, professional workforce to maintain the system.

Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH)®, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, is the country's leading consumer advocate for strengthening homes and safeguarding families from natural and manmade disasters. FLASH collaborates with more than 120 innovative and diverse partners that share its vision of making America a more disaster‐resilient nation including: BASF, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Florida Division of Emergency Management, The Home Depot®, International Code Council, Kohler® Generators, National Weather Service, Portland Cement Association, RenaissanceRe, Simpson Strong-Tie®, State Farm™, USAA® and WeatherPredict Consulting Inc. In 2008, FLASH opened the interactive weather experience StormStruck: A Tale of Two Homes® in Lake Buena Vista, FL. Learn more about FLASH and gain access to its free consumer resources by visiting or calling (877) 221- SAFE (7233). Also, get timely safety tips to ensure that you and your family are protected from natural and manmade disasters by subscribing to the FLASH blog – Protect Your Home in a FLASH.

SOURCE Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH)