SmarterSafer.org Urges President Obama to Include Mitigation Measures in “Cash for Caulkers” Legislation

(Washington, DC) – SmarterSafer.org today sent a letter to President Obama urging him to consider including mitigation measures in the “Cash for Caulkers” effort that will help strengthen homes from natural disasters instead of simply making them energy efficient.

Highlights from the letter include:

“According to media reports, this effort would focus on creating green jobs, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and lowering energy costs for homeowners. Including mitigation measures in the “cash for caulkers” initiative will help protect property, save lives and reduce losses after disaster strikes. In the wake of Hurricanes Katrina and Ike, millions of dollars have been spent on helping those impacted by these storms rebuild their homes. Effective mitigation measures would protect more homes from future climate events and pave the way for quicker recovery. Strengthening homes is true weatherization because it enables them to withstand weather events…

Mitigation not only saves lives and property, but it is cost effective. For every $1 spent strengthening property to withstand disaster, $4 is saved in clean-up, recovery, and rebuilding costs…..

We urge you to make mitigation an allowable expense in both new initiatives and existing ones like the weatherization program…..

Existing “shovel ready” programs, managed both by state and local governments and by a range of not-for-profit organizations, provide a range of alternatives to ensure the funds can be invested rapidly and effectively.”

SmarterSafer.org – formerly known as Americans for Smart Natural Catastrophe Policy – is a national coalition made up of a diverse set of voices united to support environmentally-responsible, fiscally-sound approaches that promote public safety. The Coalition strongly opposes legislative proposals that encourage people to build homes in hurricane-prone, environmentally-sensitive areas by creating new programs that directly or indirectly subsidize their homeowner’s insurance.

Download the letter