|ICC prepares for Hurricane Matthew.|
|Assisting Chapters and Members in need|
|Hurricane Matthew is currently a strong tropical cyclone over the Atlantic Ocean which was recently the first Category 5 Atlantic hurricane since Hurricane Felix of 2007.|
|As communities along the East Coast prepare for Hurricane Matthew, the International Code Council is also preparing to assist its Chapters and Members.
Hurricane Matthew is on a potential collision course with the Eastern Seaboard of the United States. Currently, areas of Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina have asked or ordered evacuations. Hurricane Matthew had top sustained winds of 120 mph — a Category 3 hurricane — Wednesday morning and could strengthen in coming days.
On Thursday, Oct. 6, the Code Council is organizing a conference call to brief ICC Chapter leaders and disaster-response coordinators from all East Coast states on ICC's Disaster Response Network, ICC resources and additional support available to affected jurisdictions.
When activated, the ICC Disaster Response Network mobilizes volunteers to help jurisdictions perform building damage assessments, building inspections and other code-related functions in disaster areas.
The International Code Council stands ready to assist friends, Members and Chapters in their time of need.
About the International Code Council Disaster Response Network:
The International Code Council Disaster Response Network provides opportunities for volunteers who hold International Code Council certifications to help communities recover from natural disasters. The primary function of the Disaster Response Network is to assist disaster-affected communities with building damage assessment, building inspections and other code-related functions. The Code Council maintains a list of Disaster Response Network volunteers, which can be activated upon specific request from an affected community. Once requested, ICC provides a list of Disaster Response Network volunteers who are willing to assist the affected community. It is the responsibility of the affected community to decide which, if any, volunteers to contact.
Disaster Response Network volunteers do not represent the International Code Council. The Code Council does not represent a community requesting assistance. The Code Council does not investigate or assess the qualification, skills, capabilities or background of volunteers. The Code Council is not responsible for the actions of volunteers activated by the Disaster Response Network. The Code Council is not responsible for matters relating to volunteer service, including the nature of assistance requested, scheduling, expenses, housing, meals, insurance, salary reimbursement, and liability for injuries or damage to or by the volunteer.