Finalize Funding for Mitigation Efforts

Sixth months ago, President Trump signed into law the Disaster Recovery Reform Act (DRRA) and the Supplemental Appropriations for Disaster Relief. His action was widely cheered by legislators on both sides of the aisle, and praised by a broad range of individuals and organizations – including ERA. Both new laws empowered the Federal government to… Read More

David Martiny of Firestone Building Products Named New ERA Chair

For Immediate Release Contact: Louisa Hart 301-646-2850 David Martiny of Firestone Building Products Named New ERA Chair WASHINGTON, DC, March 14, 2019 –David Martiny, Director of Product Management at Firestone Building Products (FSBP), has been named the new chair of the EPDM Roofing Association (ERA) by the group’s board of directors. He replaces Mike… Read More

Adherence to Building Codes can Deliver Big Returns on Mitigation Investment

Investment in natural hazard mitigation can deliver significant returns: that was the loud-and-clear message from the National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS) as it unveiled its latest report generated from its ongoing study of the benefits of investing in mitigation. Earlier NIBS reports have detailed up to $6 saved against future disaster costs for every… Read More

ERA to Sponsor Opening Keynote of NIBS Annual Conference and Expo

The EPDM Roofing Association (ERA) is starting off the New Year by sponsoring the opening Keynote of the National Institute of Building Sciences’ (NIBS) Annual Conference and Expo. The Keynote speech at the NIBS event will be delivered by Eric Wilson, Deputy Director of the New York City Mayor’s Office of Resiliency, and will showcase… Read More

Mitigation Messages: A House on the Beach, and a Boost From Congress

This past October delivered two very important messages about the importance of mitigation in the face of increasingly catastrophic weather events. The first message was contained in a photograph that needed no caption. It showed a lone house standing, virtually unscathed, amidst the rubble of Mexico Beach, Florida, which took a direct hit from Hurricane… Read More

ERA Supports Building Codes in Federal Disaster Aid Legislation

August 13, 2018 The Honorable John Thune Chairman U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation 512 Dirksen Senate Office Building Washington, DC 20510 The Honorable Ron Johnson Chairman U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs 340 Dirksen Senate Office Building Washington, DC 20510 The Honorable Bill Nelson Ranking Member U.S. Senate Committee… Read More


BEWARE OF “HURRICANE AMNESIA” One Calm Season Will Not Change Long-Term Trends “From our perspective, it’s a good reminder of the risk that this country has for hurricane landfall. There’s a lot of hurricane amnesia that sets in when you go a long period of time without a major hurricane.” Mike Brennan, Senior Hurricane Specialist,… Read More

ERA’s Response to the EPA Sunsetting Proposal

The EPDM Roofing Association (ERA) is proud to represent the country’s largest manufacturers of both white and black commercial roofing membranes. We feel their knowledge and experience of our members positions us well to provide government officials, architects, and design professionals with solid and credible information that allows them to make educated decisions. No one… Read More


As many Americans look forward to taking a break from work this summer, the one hundred senators laboring away on Capitol Hill apparently will not be joining them. Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell has cancelled the Senate’s traditional August recess, blaming the need to work through Washington’s dog days on what he calls “historic obstruction”… Read More

Resilience Briefing on Capital Hill

Resilience is getting an increasing amount of attention in the public policy sphere. Case in point, last week, Jared Blum moderated a briefing on Capitol Hill focused on “Hidden in Plain Sight: Why Resilient Buildings are Critical U.S. Infrastructure.” The briefing explored what makes buildings resilient; why resilience is important for multiple policy challenges; and… Read More