This week, the United States Rep. Carlos GimenezR-Fla., helped launch the Congressional Bipartisan Caucus on Disaster Preparedness and Recovery.
Gimenez joined the United States Representative Troy CarterD-La., Nancy MaceR-SC and Joe NeguseD-Col., to found the new caucus.
“This caucus is committed to working across the aisle to advance legislation and policies that provide effective and equitable relief to disaster survivors and promote measures that pave the way for affected communities to a full recovery. The caucus will also advocate for disaster preparedness measures and programs that help save lives, while preparing American communities for future disasters,” Gimenez’s office noted. “The co-chairs of this caucus represent regions that experience a wide variety of natural disasters ranging from hurricanes to wildfires to floods, and have all directly navigated the disaster recovery process for their districts. They come together from all political walks of life and across the country to speak with one voice for better and improved systems for our disaster preparedness and recovery systems.
“The creation of the new Congressional Bipartisan Caucus on Disaster Preparedness and Recovery will serve as a phenomenal tool in crafting legislation to better protect our communities prone to natural disasters,” Gimenez said. “South Florida remains a high-risk area for flooding and storm damage. Advocating for crucial funding and programs through the caucus will strengthen our ability to ensure South Florida is the best place to live, work and raise a family.
“Disasters don’t recognize borders or political parties, and neither should our nation’s disaster preparedness or recovery system,” Carter said. “As extreme weather events increase in frequency and intensity due to climate change, we must work together to strengthen our systems and save lives. I am proud to join my fellow co-chairs in launching this bipartisan caucus that is committed to advocating for effective preparedness and recovery measures and programs that best serve the American people and leave no one behind.
“By launching the Bipartisan Caucus on Disaster Recovery, we affirm our commitment to policies that bring real relief to disaster survivors and encourage actions that pave the way for affected communities to full recovery. With the increase in wildfires in Colorado and throughout the West, it is clear that these catastrophic events are not going away anytime soon and we must be prepared to do all we can to prepare our communities. said Neguse.
“In a coastal district like mine, natural disasters are an inevitable part of life. As coastal areas face heightened risks from flooding and sea level rise, we must take preventative action to prepare and protect our most vulnerable communities,” Mace said. “This caucus will serve as an important bipartisan platform to ensure our nation is prepared and able to recover from natural disasters when and where they strike.”
main street americathe Local initiative support company (LISC), the National Wildlife Federationthe Natural Resources Defense Council and the International Council for Economic Development (IEDC) welcomes the new caucus.
The caucus quickly shifted its support behind two proposals. He supports the “Equity and Justice for Disaster Survivors Act” which would “create a Disaster Equity and Justice Subcommittee within FEMA to help amplify voices, needs and experiences of disaster survivors”. The caucus also supports the “Office of Disaster Recovery Act” which “directs the Secretary of Commerce to establish an Office of Disaster Recovery to support and coordinate the economic recovery of communities after a natural disaster.”