Natural Hazard Mitigation Saves

14 02 2018

More than a decade after releasing its original report on mitigation, the National Institute of Building Sciences issued Natural Hazard Mitigation Saves: 2017 Interim Report. The 2017 Interim Report highlights the benefits of two mitigation strategies.

The Institute’s project team looked at the results of 23 years of federally funded mitigation grants provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) and U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and found mitigation funding can save the nation $6 in future disaster costs, for every $1 spent on hazard mitigation.

Cover of the Natural Hazard Mitigation Saves: 2017 Interim ReportIn addition, the project team looked at scenarios that focus on designing new buildings to exceed provisions of the 2015 modelbuilding codes. The 2017 Interim Report demonstrates that investing in hazard mitigation measures to exceed select requirements of the 2015 International Codes (I-Codes), the model building codes developed by the International Code Council (ICC), can save the nation $4 for every $1 spent.

The project team estimated that just implementing these two sets of mitigation strategies would prevent 600 deaths, 1 million nonfatal injuries and 4,000 cases of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in the long term. In addition, designing new buildings to exceed the 2015 International Building Code (IBC) and International Residential Code (IRC) would result in 87,000 new, long-term jobs and an approximate 1% increase in utilization of domestically produced construction material.

Sponsors of the report include FEMA, HUD, EDA, ICC, the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS), the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and the American Institute of Architects (AIA).

Access the full Natural Hazard Mitigation Saves: 2017 Interim Report and Supporting Documents.

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City of Missouri City Searching for Emergency Management Coordinator

7 02 2018

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The City of Missouri City, TX seeks its next Emergency Management Coordinator for the Missouri City Fire Department. Reporting to the Fire Chief, the Emergency Management Coordinator is the Subject Matter Expert for the implementation, management, and continuous improvement of the City’s Emergency Management System. He/she manages the City’s Emergency Preparedness Division while ensuring the delivery of excellent service to all internal and external customers consistent with a High-Performing Organization (HPO). Competitive candidates will have enjoyed strong internal and external relationships throughout their careers and demonstrated a proactive approach to creating mutually beneficial partnerships in the community and the fire profession.  Salary range is $80,745 – $90,434.  Deadline for applying is March 2, 2018.

Brochure:    http://www.cpshr.us/documents/ExecSearch/MissouriCity_EMC.pdf

To apply:     https://secure.cpshr.us/escandidate/CandidateApplication?ID=317