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Remember: Building codes are a minimum standard. These retrofits and home upgrades can make your home as safe as it can be from natural disasters no matter your code.

Inspecttoprotect.org uses dollar signs to indicate potential costs related to improvements and retrofits you can perform on your home. These indicators are are grouped into 4 levels:

$ – Inexpensive

$$ – Moderate

$$$ – Moderate to Significant

$$$$ – Significant

Inspecttoprotect.org uses a three-tiered rating system to indicate the potential levels of impacts severe weather events can have on your home. Using a graduating bar graph, these levels are:

One bar – Low impact

Two bars – Moderate impact

Three bars – Significant impact

The color-coded analysis is based on the best available data and reflects International Residential / Building Code adoptions’ status. It does not reflect the status of building code enforcement.

If you receive a gray color-coded finding for your search area, your community’s residential building code adoption status may not be available; however, you may contact your local government for the information. Please keep in mind that mobile homes and manufactured housing are not constructed using the residential building code reflected in this analysis, so this website is not applicable to those types of structures.

If you know that your community has adopted the International Residential Code, but you receive a gray or other color findings in error, please use the Share Data button at the bottom of this page to email us.

Legal Disclaimer: The Federal Alliance for Safe Homes, Inc. (FLASH®) has prepared the information on this website for informational and educational purposes only. Although the information and recommendations are presented in good faith and believed to be correct, the author makes no representations or warranties, express or implied, regarding the information. Users are advised to seek the assistance of a licensed professional engineer or design professional with any questions about this material as it may apply to their circumstances. If the user is dissatisfied with any information in this website or with any of these Terms and Conditions of Use, the user’s sole and exclusive remedy is to discontinue using the website.

The color-coded analysis is based on the best available data and reflects International Residential / Building Code adoptions’ status. It does not reflect the status of building code enforcement.

If you receive a gray color-coded finding for your search area, your community’s residential building code adoption status may not be available; however, you may contact your local government for the information. Please keep in mind that mobile homes and manufactured housing are not constructed using the residential building code reflected in this analysis, so this website is not applicable to those types of structures.

If you know that your community has adopted the International Residential Code, but you receive a gray or other color findings in error, please use the Share Data button at the bottom of this page to email us.

Legal Disclaimer: The Federal Alliance for Safe Homes, Inc. (FLASH®) has prepared the information on this website for informational and educational purposes only. Although the information and recommendations are presented in good faith and believed to be correct, the author makes no representations or warranties, express or implied, regarding the information. Users are advised to seek the assistance of a licensed professional engineer or design professional with any questions about this material as it may apply to their circumstances. If the user is dissatisfied with any information in this website or with any of these Terms and Conditions of Use, the user’s sole and exclusive remedy is to discontinue using the website.

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