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National Institute of Building Sciences and Fannie Mae Release Disaster Mitigation Roadmap

As disasters grow more frequent and destructive, preparing our infrastructure and communities for extreme weather is critical to protect lives and reduce economic losses. On a national average, natural hazard mitigation saves $4-$11 in avoided future losses for each $1 invested, as found by the NIBS Natural Hazard Mitigation Saves study.


NIBS Vice President of Engineering Jiqiu Yuan Appointed to FEMA National Advisory Council

According to FEMA, NAC was established in 2007. The council advises the FEMA Administrator on emergency management to ensure input from and coordination with state, local, tribal, and territorial governments and the private sector on federal plans, programs, and strategies for all hazards.


NIBS CEO Statement on Assisting Congress to Solve Nation’s Infrastructure Challenges

“As Congress considers legislation to update, repair, expand, and secure our nation’s infrastructure, the National Institute of Building Sciences stands ready to offer our expertise on the science, best practices and technology to build and rebuild efficiently, cost-effectively, and sustainably.

Mitigation Saves: A Resilient Runway at Portland International Airport Could Save Up to $50 for Every Mitigation Dollar Invested

Using NIBS’ groundbreaking Natural Hazard Mitigation Saves research, a resilient runway at Portland International Airport could come with $460 million in health and medical benefits, among other recovery and business interruption benefits. The Portland area has nearly three million people, but fewer than 400 vacant ICU and emergency department beds. Medical evacuation through PDX could save up to 1,600 lives.


NIBS Mitigation Saves Research Highlighted During House Hearing on Mitigation

The House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management held the hearing, “Building Smarter: The Benefits of Investing in Resilience and Mitigation,” on March 18.

Mitigation Saves represents the most comprehensive benefit-cost analysis of natural hazard mitigation, from adopting up-to-date building codes and exceeding codes to the upgrade of utility and transportation infrastructure.


Protecting Infrastructure from Disaster to Be Focus of September MMC Webinar

In recent years, a number of disasters around the world have caused damage to critical functions in affected communities. Hurricanes Sandy and Katrina; tornadoes in Joplin, Missouri and Moore, Oklahoma; and earthquakes in Christchurch (New Zealand), Bío-Bío (Chile) and Nepal all resulted in severe damage to local hospitals, putting great strain on the healthcare systems of the impacted regions. In its next webinar, Disasters and Infrastructure,” to be held September 29 from 1:00 to 2:00 pm EDT, the National Institute of Building Sciences Multihazard Mitigation Council (MMC) will spotlight the importance of protecting such critical infrastructure.


October MMC Webinar to Look at Incentives to Mitigate before Disaster Strikes

The need to achieve resilience against natural disasters is growing sharply, even as public funding and appetite for mitigation programs wane. A new approach is necessary—one focused on leveraging incentives to attract new sources of private capital for pre- and post-disaster investment. This “incentivization” approach can help the nation to achieve resilience cohesively and cost-effectively. In its next webinar, “Incentivizing Pre-Disaster Mitigation,” to be held Wednesday, October 28 from 2:00 to 3:00 pm EDT, the National Institute of Building Sciences Multihazard Mitigation Council (MMC) will look at ways communities can use incentivization programs to help keep their citizens safe.


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.

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