Report: Maine and New Hampshire Rank Among Least Resilient States

Annual report says vulnerable States in New England hasn’t done enough to update building codes to prepare for hurricanes.

IBHS has released a new edition of the Institute’s Rating the States report. In continuity with prior reports published in 2012 and 2015, Rating the States 2018 assesses the progress of 18 hurricane-prone coastal states along the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Coast in strengthening their residential building codes.

While many states have affirmed their commitment to strong building codes, in others there is a concerning lack of progress in the adoption and enforcement of updated residential building code systems. Because residential building codes represent a minimum life-safety standard for occupancy, the findings suggest that many homes remain at risk from severe hurricane events.

As much of America continues to recover and rebuild following 2017 – a devastating year of weather disasters for the nation and its territories – IBHS urges careful review of this report. It offers state-specific roadmaps to help each state improve building strength and community resilience. Before the next punishing storms hit communities, state and civic officials should heed last year’s lessons and act now. Hurricane Irma provided stark evidence in 2017, that modern building codes, such as those in Florida, are highly effective in reducing the amount of storm-related damage.

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