76th Annual  Meeting
The U.S. Conference of Mayors
76th Annual Meeting
June 20-24, 2008



WHEREAS, both tornados and hurricanes can strike many coastal and heartland cities with limited warning and threaten the lives of their citizens and cause billions of dollars of destruction;and

WHEREAS, when compared with the last three years, tornado activity and fatalities have increased each year to the highest levels in over a decade; and

WHEREAS, many cities that experience hurricanes do not have the ability to evacuate all their citizens and have limited space in designated safe havens like community shelters and high density populations combined with limited highway infrastructure prevents and discourages people for leaving their homes; and

WHEREAS, the majority of citizens who face tornados do not always have access to a safe-haven and can not seek immediate shelter when severe weather unexpectedly strikes as tornados’unpredictability give people only a few minutes or seconds to seek shelter; and

WHEREAS, in many of the cities impacted by severe weather the citizens whose homes are destroyed may lack the confidence to rebuild and in many cases it takes new and innovative building policies, building codes and building science to give the assurance back to its citizens; and

WHEREAS, mayors, state, federal and other government official shave been working for decades with universities and the building industry to develop innovative building codes and building products to help better protect their citizens,

NOW, THEREFORE, IT BE RESOLVED, The U.S. Conference of Mayors continues to support the collaboration between government, research and industry in the development of better building science and improved building codes for their citizens; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, The U.S. Conference of Mayors adopt the latest building guidelines related to storm protection in an expedient fashion the such as the International Code Council –500 related to storm shelter guidelines and other wind borne debris codes used for hurricane protection; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, The U.S. Conference of Mayors asks Congress to consider funding initiatives for those families directly impacted by severe storm weather such as assisting homeowners to rebuild with confidence with grant money specifically for storm protection incentives for in-home storm shelters or hurricane impact resistant windows; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, The US Conference of Mayors encourages city residents to be prepared as an extremely active tornado and hurricane season are upon us by visiting local city web sites orwww.ready.gov for information as to how to be better prepared for an extreme weather event.