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Damaged buildings following a tornado in Mayfield, Kentucky, U.S., on Saturday, Dec. 11, 2021. Tornadoes ripped across several U.S. states late Friday, killing more than 70 people in Kentucky, at least two at a nursing home in Arkansas and an undetermined number at an Amazon.com warehouse that was partially flattened in Illinois. Photo: Liam Kennedy/Bloomberg “This action is critical to increasing their (communities) capacity to withstand, respond to, and recover from natural disasters,” Nat Wienecke of APCIA said in a release. “Property-casualty insurers serve as frontline responders following natural disasters, assisting policyholders in navigating the recovery process and helping their customers rebuild their lives and restore their property.” (Credit: Liam Kennedy/Bloomberg)

The National Initiative to Advance Building Codes, which was launched by the Biden-Harris administration on June 1, 2022, aims to help communities across the country adopt the latest building codes and standards in an effort to make the country’s infrastructure more resilient to disasters and extreme weather events, according to a release from the White House. The program also includes provisions to improve building energy efficiency.

The administration reported the program will incentivize and support the adoption of modernized building codes and standards by “providing technical assistance, implementing proven strategies and best practices — such as those in the new Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Building Codes Strategy — across all relevant agencies in the federal government.”

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