This May, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is supporting the 33rd annual Building Safety Month to promote the importance of high building standards, protecting the environment, and saving energy. For the third consecutive year, President Obama has proclaimed May as National Building Safety Month to underscore that safe building codes and standards have an essential role in decreasing the impacts of disasters.
Building Safety Month is a public awareness campaign focused on public outreach and education to increase the overall safety and sustainability of buildings through the adoption of model building codes and promotion of code enforcement. An assortment of theme-related community events, safety demonstrations, and educational outreach activities take place during Building Safety Month. This year's overarching theme of Building Safety Month is Code Officials Keep You Safe. This theme is supported by weekly building safety sub-themes:
- May 6-12, 2013: Fire Safety and Awareness
- May 13-19, 2013: Disaster Safety and Mitigation
- May 20-26, 2013: Backyard and Pool Safety
- May 27-31, 2013: Energy and Green Building
FEMA's Building Science Branch specializes in work related to this week's sub-theme, "Disaster Safety and Mitigation." Damage caused by natural hazards can greatly affect the safety of a building. FEMA's Building Science Branch works with national building code organizations and building officials to help develop disaster-resistant building codes and standards to protect homes and businesses from floods, hurricanes, earthquakes, wildfire, tornados, blizzards, and other natural and man-made hazards. All property owners are urged to take the appropriate steps to ensure building safety to mitigate these risks.
For more information on FEMA's Building Science Branch, visit: www.fema.gov/building-science
For more information on Building Safety Month, visit: www.buildingsafetymonth.org