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Institute Briefs Congressional Staff on Using Incentives to Improve Resilience

Representatives from the National Institute of Building Sciences Multihazard Mitigation Council (MMC) and Council on Finance, Insurance and Real Estate (CFIRE) headed to Capitol Hill September 22 to brief Congressional staff about updated research and recommendations on incentivizing mitigation.

Earlier this year, the Institute went before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings and Emergency Management to give testimony based on the MMC-CFIRE white paper, Developing Pre-Disaster Resilience Based on Public and Private Incentivization. That ground-breaking work described how the nation can achieve resilience to hazards in a cost-effective manner through a holistic and integrated set of public, private and hybrid programs that incentivize action. André Carson (D-Indiana), Ranking Member of the Subcommittee, requested this follow-up briefing to help educate Congressional staff.

Learn How Business Continuity Can Contribute to Community Resilience

Many experts believe that, as the heart of each community’s economic base, private-sector businesses need to be a significant part of each community’s resilience efforts. The National Institute of Building Sciences Multihazard Mitigation Council (MMC) will host a webinar, “How Does Business Continuity Contribute to Community Resilience?” on Tuesday, November 15, from 2:00 to 3:00 pm ET, to describe the importance of including business continuity (BC) planning activities when discussing community resilience planning. 

Learn what BC and business continuity management (BCM) mean in the private sector; find out about key BC references for selected industries; and hear about good practices as defined by disaster recovery and BC professional associations. The presentation will highlight success stories and look at how local businesses can help communities recover vital functions after disruptive events.

More than a Decade after Study’s Release, Institute to Begin “Mitigation Saves Version 2”

The National Institute of Building Sciences Multihazard Mitigation Council (MMC), with the financial support of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the International Code Council (ICC) and the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS), is beginning a new study to look at the cost effectiveness of disaster mitigation efforts in the public sector, as well as the benefits of using codes to mitigate the impact of natural disasters in the private sector. The Institute is continuing to seek additional supporters as this research effort gets under way.

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NIBS Wins Award for Major Study to Reduce the Effects of Natural Disasters

The National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS) earned a 2019 Power of A Silver Award for its Mitigation Saves Study, a multi-year study on natural hazard mitigation

The American Society of Association Executives honored the study, which was launched by NIBS to highlight the significant savings that result from implementing mitigation strategies. The goal of the study is to increase safety, prevent property loss, and reduce disruption of day-to-day life within communities.

Protecting Against Natural Disasters: NIBS Unveils New Report on Mitigation

When it comes to reducing the impact of natural disasters, mitigation improves safety, prevents property loss, and keeps disruption to a minimum, says a report by the National Institute of Building Sciences.

“While COVID-19 presents our nation with unprecedented challenges, natural disasters are continuing,” says Lakisha A. Woods, CAE, President and CEO of NIBS. “Millions of Americans are exposed to these disasters. Mitigation is a crucial step to keeping our homes, businesses, and communities safe.”

Firefighters Can’t Save Every Home: Report Covers Protecting Your Property From Disasters

Images of smoky, apocalyptic skylines from the West Coast have flooded social media feeds and news headlines in recent days.

One fire – the CZU Lightning Complex Fire – was started by lightning strikes in the middle of August. Many California residents in Santa Cruz and San Mateo counties frantically worked to clear brush and spray down their homes as the fires approached, before being evacuated by local law enforcement. It has taken 28 days to reach 89 percent containment with this single wildfire event.

NIBS Supports Bipartisan House Bill to Protect Communities from Future Flood Disasters

The National Institute of Building Sciences applauds the introduction of the Flood Resiliency and Taxpayer Savings Act of 2020 in the U.S. House of Representatives on Sept. 30. The bipartisan legislation was introduced by Representatives David Price (D-NC) and Lee Zeldin (R-NY) to better safeguard communities and infrastructure from future flooding events and storms.

NIBS joined more than 30 stakeholder groups to sign a letter that calls for a pragmatic approach to enhance the safety of federal investments and communities when building and rebuilding in flood-prone areas.

Resilience 2021: The Case for Resiliency in the Wildland-Urban Interface

The latest United Nations report on climate change has made one thing clear– something must be done. Rising temperatures and an increase in drought frequency mean wildfires will continue to threaten our communities year-round.

According to the National Interagency Fire Center, there are wildfires across 15 states in the U.S. There have been 107 large blazes that have burned through more than 2.2 million acres. That is about 500,000 more acres than this time in 2020, when a total of 10.1 million acres burned. Nearly 100 large wildfires remain uncontained. 

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Resilience 2021: The Importance of Seismic Functional Recovery and Community Resilience in the Built Environment

Oct 16, 2021   |   12:50 AM – 12:50 AM ET

Nearly half of the U.S. population (150 million people) reside in portions of 42 states that are at risk of experiencing a damaging earthquake within the next 50 years. That’s according to the NIST-FEMA Special Publication Recommended Options for Improving the Built Environment for Post-Earthquake Reoccupancy and Functional Recovery Time.

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Turbo Grants Survey Report 2021

The MMC conducted a national survey to solicit feedback on the development of a National Mitigation Resource Portal. This report summarizes some of the key findings in four areas

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