The International Code Council (ICC) and the National Council of Structural Engineers Associations (NCSEA) have joined forces to create a national, digital database of volunteers to assist local, state or federal entities who need skilled, trained and certified building safety professionals in the aftermath of a disaster.

Once the wind, rain, fire or flooding has passed, communities are left devastated, and the workforce needed to rapidly assess the safety of structures after a crisis are often in short supply, according to a joint release from the ICC and NCSEA. The U.S. has a number of skilled code officials, engineers and others across the country willing to step in to help with post-disaster safety assessments, building damage assessments, inspections and other code-related functions. The Disaster Response Alliance brings these skilled volunteers together for easy access and quick mobilization, according to the release.

Local and state jurisdictions as well as federal agencies can contact the Disaster Response Alliance for help to reach skilled professionals from across the country willing and able to assist. This alliance combines the Code Council’s Disaster Response Network and NCSEA’s Second Responder Roster.

“A big thank you to NCSEA for joining with us to create the Disaster Response Alliance,” says ICC CEO Dominic Sims, CBO. “The Code Council and our members have long been active in the aftermath of disasters to help communities in their times of greatest need. The increasing frequency and severity of storms, including Hurricanes Michael and Florence and the recent destructive wildfires in California, illustrated the need for this vital national database.”

“The collaboration between NCSEA and the Code Council to create the Disaster Response Alliance means a vastly improved, single resource exists to help those in need when disaster strikes,” adds NCSEA president Williston Warren IV, P.E., S.E., SECB, F. SEAOC. “Together, we can truly make a difference.”