NU Online News Service, Aug. 17, 3:59 p.m. EDT

Among the states most affected by Hurricane Katrina five years ago, only Louisiana has taken decisive steps to adopt a statewide building code, according to the Institute for Business and Home Safety (IBHS).

Less than six months after the country’s most devastating hurricane, “Louisiana lawmakers put aside political challenges and took the bold step of adopting the statewide code because it was the right thing to do,” said a report from IBHS written by Wanda Edwards, director of code development, and Candace J. Iskowitz, director of public affairs.

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