NAMIC Urges Focus on Wildfire Mitigation Policy at California BuildStrong Forum


The National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies spoke at a conference hosted today by the BuildStrong Coalition and the California Chamber of Commerce in Sacramento to examine the growing risk of wildfire and how mitigation policies can help protect homeowners and communities.

“As we gather here to discuss the critical importance of improving the resiliency of our nation’s homes and communities in the face of severe wildfires, unfortunately we are reminded on a seemingly daily basis just how important it is to get this right,” said Andrew Huff, federal affairs director for NAMIC, in remarks delivered at the BuildStrong Forum on Wildfire and Resilience.

Huff spoke of how NAMIC brought together a group of stakeholders in 2011 to form the BuildStrong Coalition and since that time has continued working on Capitol Hill to raise awareness about the importance of increasing pre-disaster mitigation and the use of stronger building codes at the federal, state, and local levels.

“With each year, we are reminded again and again by devastating disasters hitting all corners of the nation just how important it is to keep fighting for stronger homes and more resilient communities,” he said.

Those efforts culminated in the 2018 passage of the Disaster Recovery Reform Act, which brought historic change to federal disaster policy by creating the Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities Program as well as a first-of-its kind incentive for states to build using stronger building codes. The program will provide potentially billions in funding for community mitigation projects and for much-needed building code enforcement to ensure that communities can better withstand extreme weather events.

“Even though the DRRA is a historic law that represents a major shift in the disaster mitigation landscape, it could not be any more evident that our most important work is still ahead,” Huff said. “That is why it is so important that each of us continue to be a part of these critical conversations about how to best maximize mitigation programs and protect ourselves from the next natural disaster.”

Article Posted: 03.05.20
Last Updated: 03.05.20

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