FEATURE

In Our Own Words

Code officials play a vital role in public safety in communities across the United States and around the world. Our new feature in the Building Safety Journal Online, "In Our Own Words,” provides a forum for you and your colleagues to discuss professional experiences and challenges in the field, the Code Council and its code development process, and much more.

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Curtis Mann, City of New Orleans, talks about how a juristiction prepares for a natural disaster like Hurricane Katrina and some of the challenges he's faced during the city’s rebuilding process, the beneftis of ICC membership, and what it means to him to be a code official.

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Sean Reid, Johnson County, Kansas, discusses his years of experience as a code official and his perception of that rolel, the natural disasters he has faced in his jurisdiction, aspects of the I-Codes that he focuses on most, and the value that ICC membership holds for him.

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ICC chapter member Sean Reid, Johnson County, Kansas, recounts the events that took place after a category EF-5 tornado nearly two miles wide bore down on the small town of Greensburg, Kansas.