Devastating storms, fires, tornadoes and hurricanes have the power to rip through communities causing tragic loss of human lives and millions of dollars in property damage. Homes, businesses and schools have been reduced to debris and families have experienced profound loss. As a nation, we must do all we can to help with recovery efforts and pray for all affected. 

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When the areas begin to rebuild and restore their communities, quality construction, supported by the adoption of appropriate local and state building codes, will be key to preventing future large-scale destruction. 

Minimum building codes are not enough in disaster-prone areas. We must re-build to a higher standard.  The lessons we learned from tornadoes, hurricanes and other high wind events is that communities with more robust building codes offer better protection of life and property.

PCA staff experts in engineering and architecture regularly work with the building community, providing technical assistance and recommending the solutions to a variety of building challenges such as wind-load resistance and sustainable development.

PCA publications can help:

"The Impact of Natural Disasters"

"Building Resilient Communities"

"Build it Better with Concrete"

Talk to Your Legislators

"Resilient Construction and Model Building Codes"

"Resilient Construction"

Building Stronger

By enacting higher building standards, cities and towns can successfully weather any challenge and keep friends and family safe. The nation spends billions of dollars each year for relief packages. By utilizing resilient construction techniques, the built environment is protected from the increasing number and severity of natural disasters. For videos on resilient concrete construction see below:

Cary Cohrs Discussing Resilient Construction

A Tale of Two Homes - Wind

Rebuilding Right Saves Natural Resources

Hurricane Sandy: A Story of Survival

Design Features of Concrete

Find additional concrete building videos at PCA Building Stronger Videos