From the Document: "Modern building codes address many concerns, including public health and safety, resiliency, and affordability. While local government officials, construction industry professionals, and many citizens are aware of this fact, currently, in the U.S. 65% of counties, cities, and towns across the country have not adopted modern building codes. The people living in those places are bearing a dangerous, costly, and unnecessarily high level of risk in the face of natural disasters. Many state, local, tribal, and territorial jurisdictions across the country can break the cycle of destruction by adopting modern, hazard-resistant building codes. This will buy down risk, which benefits local residents, communities, and leaders. [...] 'To achieve our mission, we must address underserved communities most often suffering disproportionally during and after a disaster and proactively consider the impacts of future conditions.'"
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