NACo has connected with the Institute for Building Technology and Safety to launch a new member benefit that will support disaster services for NACo member counties.
Every Maryland county is currently a member of NACo, the National Association of Counties. NACo provides an increasing number of member benefits through programs that seek to extend services and products to member counties at more cost-effective rates through economies of scale.
As reported by the National Association of Counties, to help county governments confronting natural disasters and other emergencies, they have partnered with IBTS, the Institute for Building Technology and Safety.
According to NACo, three counties, including Powhatan County, Virginia has already signed on with IBTS. NACo reports:
At no initial cost, NACo members can sign a pre-disaster contract with IBTS, which is only implemented upon action by the county if it faces an emergency. IBTS provides services such as initial disaster response, active disaster recovery (including debris removal management) and disaster recovery administration.
According to IBTS’s business statement:
IBTS partners with government at all levels to provide unparalleled expertise in regulatory compliance, program and service management, and quality engineering services. A 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, we are committed to helping jurisdictions meet the needs of their citizens with greater agility, efficiency, and full transparency.
For more information, see Counties increase disaster preparedness with NACo and IBTS, from the National Association of Counties.