Federal budget includes disaster mitigation provisions

Bipartisan bill encourages states to adopt latest building codes.

February 20, 2018 |

The U.S. Congress recently passed the Budget Act of 2018 that includes provisions to encourage states to adopt the latest building codes and invest in natural disaster mitigation.

The bill’s Federal Cost Share Reform Incentive allows post-disaster federal cost-sharing with states to increase from 75% to as high as 85% on a sliding scale based on factors including the adoption and enforcement of the latest building codes; the adoption of a mitigation plan; and investments in disaster relief, insurance, and emergency management programs. The International Code Council and other code bodies hailed the development.

“This provision is a significant victory for the tax-paying public, as it will help reduce the burden of growing financial losses on the federal government and the states due to the increased frequency of natural disasters,” said Code Council Chief Executive Officer Dominic Sims, CBO.

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