WHEREAS, Alaskans are committed to overseeing and maintaining the safety and economic value of the homes, buildings, and infrastructure that serve our citizens in everyday life and in times of natural disaster; and
WHEREAS, our confidence in the structural integrity of buildings can only be achieved through the dedication of vigilant building safety inspectors, fire prevention officials, architects, engineers, builders, tradespeople, design professionals, laborers, and others in the construction industry who work year-round to ensure safe construction of Alaskan buildings; and
WHEREAS, the International Code Council is a nonprofit that brings together local, state, and federal officials that are experts in the built environment to create and implement the highest quality codes to protect us in the buildings where we live, learn, work, and play; and
WHEREAS, our communities benefit economically and technologically from using modern, up-to-date codes and standards, including the International Codes, which are the most widely adopted building safety and fire prevention codes in the world; and
WHEREAS, these modern building codes include safeguards to protect the public from natural disasters such as hurricanes, snowstorms, tornadoes, wildland fires, floods, and earthquakes; and
WHEREAS, Building Safety Month is sponsored by the International Code Council to remind the public about the critical role of our communities’ largely unknown protectors of public safety, our state and local code officials, who assure us of safe, efficient, and livable buildings that are essential to our prosperity; and
WHEREAS, “Prevent, Prepare, Protect, Building Codes Save,” the theme for Building Safety Month 2021, encourages all individuals to raise awareness about the importance of safe and resilient construction; fire prevention; disaster mitigation, and new technologies in the construction industry.
NOW THEREFORE, I, Mike Dunleavy, GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF ALASKA, do hereby proclaim May 2021 as:
Building Safety Month
in Alaska, and encourage all Alaskans to commit to improving building safety and economic investment at home and in the community, and to acknowledge the essential services provided to all of us by state and local agencies who have the mission to educate while protecting our lives and property.