Is your home ready for a natural disaster? Don’t be so sure.
A recent assessment of the nation’s disaster preparedness unveiled a frightening truth that has long been overlooked: outdated state and local building codes might be leaving your home wide open for destruction in the event of a natural disaster.
The recently released National Preparedness Report highlights an alarming vulnerability of millions of homes to the impacts of natural disasters due to the failure of most states to adopt new building codes. The tangible effect of this is that millions of houses are simply not up to snuff when it comes to being able to resist a natural disaster.
Indeed, shoddy construction is named as “one of the most significant factors that compounds risk and increases costs from natural hazards.”
Is The Big Bad Wolf Coming To Blow Your House Down?
Storms, flooding, and wildfires are a fact of life. Buildings constructed under newer codes are better equipped to withstand these challenges. However, the federal report on state and local building codes reveals that only 31 percent of hazard-prone areas have embraced these updated codes, requiring greater structural resiliency in homes. The codes are updated every three years by national and international expert panels.
The 59-page preparedness report, authored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), emphasizes the elevated risk faced by communities still building cheap for the sake of increasing profit for developers. This revelation could act as a catalyst for the Biden administration to stronglyarm states into adopting “one size fits all” building codes that are not as relevant in Louisiana as they are in Maine.
This will be done under the guise of mitigating the impact of “climate change.” President Joe Biden has shown a particular interest in promoting codes governing both building construction and energy use, which would dramatically increase home costs across the country, often with no added benefit to the homeowner.
Feds Already Moving To Strongarm States
To support this endeavor, the Energy Department is dangling a total of $400 million in grants in front of states to enhance their building codes, but also stiffly increase energy efficiency requirements, aimed at reducing energy consumption among average Americans as part of a globalist push against so-called “climate change.”
In October, FEMA announced plans to provide each state with $2 million in the coming year to improve its building construction code. The report acknowledges the federal government lacks direct authority over building codes, which are adopted at the state, county, and municipal levels. Thus, the feds will be looking for other ways to bully states into one consistent building code, sneaking energy codes in the backdoor.
The report bemoans “a wide variation in the adoption of model building codes,” calling for greater centralization of federal power as the answer.
One thing is certain, however: They don’t make them like they used to. Newer buildings are often mass-produced, using shoddy materials by inferior craftsmen. You need to make sure that your castle is up for the challenge that the weather and the ground beneath your feet might throw at it.
What are you doing to steel your house against natural disasters? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.