Goal: Make Homes More Resistant to Natural Disasters
In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, the Iowa floods and other recent natural disasters, federal,
state and local disaster responses have been put to the test, and in many cases, revealed their limitations. Among the many lessons learned, these circumstances have emphasized the need for greater pre-disaster mitigation measures for homes: technologies, services and practices to help reduce the likelihood of property damage and loss of human life from natural disasters. Government intervention is particularly needed to assist low- and moderate-income households and communities that may have difficulty paying for the necessary home mitigation measures.
Promote "Smarter and Safer" Building and Rehabilitation Practices
Provide support to builders, contractors and households to encourage disaster-resistant construction and home improvements.
Improve Community Regulations and
Develop and enforce stronger residential building codes, and implement land use planning practices that will lead to safer and stronger homes.
Finance Efforts to Make Homes More Resistant to Natural Disasters
Use federal, state and local resources to finance and incentivize the construction and upgrading of disaster-resistant homes.
Link Efforts to Improve Disaster Resistance and Energy Efficiency
Combine technologies and financing sources to help communities build both safer and greener.