FEMA’s new online data shows natural hazards risks for communities to aid in mitigation planning

The National Risk Index is a new, online mapping application from FEMA that identifies communities most at risk to 18 criteria. It makes the underlying data available for use by state, local, tribal and territorial partners, and can help communities, especially those with limited mapping and risk assessment capabilities, better prepare for natural hazards by providing standardized risk data for mitigation planning and an overview of multiple risk factors. Additionally, it can help jurisdictions in developing a FEMA-approved hazard mitigation plan to help increase community resilience. The National Risk Index’s interactive web maps can assist communities in:

  • Updating emergency operations plans
  • Enhancing hazard mitigation plans
  • Prioritizing and allocating resources
  • Identifying the need for more refined risk assessments
  • Encouraging community-level risk communication and engagement
  • Educating homeowners and renters
  • Supporting adoption of enhanced codes and standards
  • Informing long-term community recovery

Read an overview of the National Risk Index and how it can be used to support mitigation planning, hazard mitigation assistance grants and risk communication.

Interested in Code Council insights? Join the conversations in ICC Membership Councils and MJC

All Code Council members are eligible to join any of the six ICC Membership Councils and, with some additional eligibility requirements, the Major Jurisdiction Committee where a full range of issues are the topics of discussions and work groups aimed at making the ICC Family of Solutions the leader in safety and community-based resiliency. All of them conduct meetings online and cost nothing to join. Each Membership Council webpage has a link to enroll new members. The Membership Councils are:

Members may also attend meetings of the Major Jurisdiction Committee (MJC), whose Steering Committee hosts monthly conference calls that are open to the public.

Members may also attend meetings of the Major Jurisdiction Committee (MJC), whose Steering Committee hosts monthly conference calls that are open to the public.

Code Council CEO Dominic Sims discusses goals and accomplishments in recent PM Engineer article

PM Engineer recently interviewed International Code Council CEO Dominic Sims about the current landscape for codes and standards and the plumbing industry overall. Sims has led ICC since 2012 and is responsible for overall activities and financial performance of the organization. Read more here.

Annual Code Council top honors awards presented recently at the inaugural ICC Learn Live

The International Code Council honored outstanding individuals and organizations for their accomplishments and service to their communities, the building safety industry and the Code Council at a special virtual awards event during the inaugural ICC Learn Live. Visit the recently launched 2020 Awards webpage that contains full profiles of the award recipients. The awards and recipients are:

  • The Robert W. Gain Fire Prevention Leadership Award – Lee Wheeler, Retired Fire Chief from the Renton, Washington, Fire Department.
  • ICC Excellence in Public Safety Award – Steven Tafoya, Building Official/Director for the Fayette County, Georgia, Department of Building Safety.
  • ICC Community Service Award – Mansfield, Texas, Volunteer Program.
  • Educator of the Year Award – Charles Clawson, Founder of Building Professionals Institute and Development Services Director for the City of Arlington, Texas.
  • The Chapter of the Year Award – Code Official Association of Alabama.
  • The Chapter Merit Award – Oregon Permit Technicians Association.
  • Raising the Profile Award – Joel A. Dramis. Building Code Administrator for the City of Port St. Lucie, Florida, Building Department.
  • PMG Leadership Award – Richard Grace, Code Specialist for Fairfax County, Virginia.
  • The National Leadership in Sustainability and Energy Efficiency Award – Brad Smith and the City of Santa Monica.
  • Meritorious Service Award – Jim. W. Sealy (posthumously), self-employed architect.

Code Development Group Meetings

Every Thursday 12-1pm Region VI meets to discuss and review code proposals, concerns, or any pertinent information dealing with code development.  Feel free to join our group by using the link provided.



Do you know someone who deserves to be recognized for their exemplary dedication? Nominations are being accepted for ICC Awards to honor individuals and organizations for their service to ICC and the building safety industry. The awards will be presented at various events, including but not limited to the 2020 Code Council Annual Conference in St. Louis. To nominate someone for a Code Council Award, complete and email the form attached here to Karla Price Higgs, Vice President, Member Services, at  Awards@iccsafe.org. The deadline to submit nominations for this year’s ICC Awards is April 1, 2020

2020 Building Safety Month’s weekly themes illustrate the reach and importance of the building codes

While the primary theme of the 40th annual Building Safety Month, “Safer Buildings, Safer Communities, Safer World,” illustrates the broad appeal of the occasion, it’s the weekly themes that break down the wide variety of safety, economic and societal benefits communities enjoy by keeping their building codes updated with the latest model codes. The weekly themes are:

COUNTDOWN TO 2020 BSM: Do-it-yourself proclamation guide offers opportunities to celebrate

Building Safety Month can start now with your Building Safety Month Proclamation Guide, a do-it- yourself kit online on the ICC website. The instructions, the language for the 2020 BSM Proclamations, suggestions for signing events, how to send your proclamation in and other ideas are in one spot to help you along. Who should sign the 2020 BSM Proclamation? Your city council and mayor. Your county commission chair. Your City Building Official on behalf of your department. Your Chamber of Commerce. Important stake holders in your community’s and state’s built environment. Building Safety Month is your profession’s opportunity to shine. The work you do everyday is designed to protect lives and property and to make communities stronger economically, more attractive and resilient. Share the spotlight with events and educational handouts. For more information about the campaign,

visit www.buildingsafetymonth.org. Follow along on social media using the hashtag #BuildingSafety365.

Upcoming from the ICC Learning Center: Institutes, training, seminars, webinars, etc.

Online learning is available from the ICC Learning Center. Find course listings you’d like to attend in the Learning Center using the Search function. Single-day training events are an opportunity to focus on topics to ensure your code knowledge stays up to date, with some seminars offering a Virtual Classroom option so you can participate in the event from any location with an internet connection:

Got Pulse? NTA leader explains NTA’s offerings in the ICC family of solutions in Episode #25

In this episode, ICC-ES President Shahin Moinian and NTA President and CEO David Tompos share excitement for the expanded offerings that have come with the acquisition of NTA.  Click here to listen.