Florida and Virginia are among the hurricane-prone states along the Atlantic Coast and Gulf of Mexico that have a "well-developed system" of residential building codes, according to a report from the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety. The institute "hopes to work with all of the states included in this report -- as well as the other jurisdictions across the country -- to improve building code regulatory systems," said Julie Rochman, the institute's president and CEO. "Strong, well enforced codes are essential to effectively strengthening homes, businesses and communities against hurricanes and many other hazards that threaten the U.S."

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