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Building Safety Month

May 1, 2019

WHEREAS, Alaskans rely on durable residential, commercial, and institutional structures to shelter us as we live, work, and play. We are dedicated to ensuring our infrastructure is safe by continuing efforts to address critical safety issues in our homes and buildings; and

WHEREAS, the dedication of our appointed safety guardians – the building safety and fire prevention officials, architects, engineers, builders, tradespeople, and others in the construction industry – provide us with confidence in the structural integrity of our communities; and

WHEREAS, building safety codes provide safeguards to protect the public from natural disasters that can occur such as snowstorms, wildland fires, floods, and earthquakes; and

WHEREAS, Building Safety Month is an opportunity to increase public awareness of the role building safety and fire prevention officials, local and state building departments, and federal agencies play in the first line of defense to protect the public; and

WHEREAS, this year’s theme, “No Code, No Confidence,” encourages all Alaskans to increase their awareness of the importance of safe and resilient construction, fire prevention, disaster mitigation, and new technologies in the construction industry; and

WHEREAS, as we observe Building Safety Month, I ask all Alaskans to recognize the professionals who enforce and comply with building safety codes and the important role that they play in public safety.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Michael J. Dunleavy, GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF ALASKA, do hereby proclaim May 2019 as:

Building Safety Month

in Alaska, and urge all Alaskans to improve building safety at home and in the community by being vigilant about building codes and potential hazards.