Most Americans favor public policies that could help to mitigate the damage caused by catastrophic natural disasters before they happen, but many Americans remain unprepared for a disaster in their own homes and communities, according to a recent study from the Insurance Research Council entitled Public Attitude Monitor 2006, Issue 1, Natural Disasters.

Nine out of 10 Americans support the adoption and enforcement of building codes to make new homes stronger and safer. Two-thirds (67 percent) support building codes even when they would add six percent to the cost of a new home.

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