WHAT: The devastating storms and tornadoes that have ripped through Arkansas, Oklahoma, Kansas and other states have resulted in a tragic loss of human lives and have caused 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.
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.
WHO: The Portland Cement Association (PCA) is uniquely qualified to help your audience understand what goes into constructing durable buildings and the importance of strong building codes that address potential disasters. Local spokespersons can specifically address stories of loss, but more importantly of instances where lives were saved by resilient construction.
- Michael Young, PCA South Central Region, Tulsa, Okla.
- Donn Thompson, residential building expert, PCA, Skokie, Ill.
- Steve Szoke, senior director of codes and standards, PCA, Skokie, Ill.
WHY: 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.
Based in Washington, DC with offices in Skokie, Ill., and nine regional offices, the Portland Cement Association represents cement manufacturing companies in the United States. It conducts market development, engineering, research, education, and public affairs programs.