If building codes are the foundation of disaster resilience, and they are, then why don’t consumers demand them when they buy or build homes? Why isn’t building code status a top feature on real estate sites like Trulia or Zillow? Why do some, but not all, local and state leaders adopt and enforce codes to ensure the safety, welfare, and resiliency of the communities they serve?

These are the perennial questions posed by the disaster safety and resilience movement because we know that one cannot reliably protect families and homes without the use of current codes and standards. It is impossible.

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