WASHINGTON D.C. – SmarterSafer.org — a coalition of taxpayer watchdogs, environmental groups, insurers, and housing organizations – today applauded the Obama administration for a series of new resiliency initiatives aimed at making the country more prepared for storms and other disasters.
In a statement, SmarterSafer.org said, “Resilience measures have been proven to protect lives and property, shelter vulnerable habitats, and save taxpayer dollars in the long run. It is vital that we prepare ourselves for the next storm, rather than merely cleaning up after the last one. Resilience is a major part of this effort, and we are encouraged by the administration’s recognition of its importance. As these measures are fine-tuned over the coming months, we urge the Administration to make them as fiscally and environmentally sustainable as possible.”
The new White House measures will improve planning for the rising seas and growing floods expected from climate change. The plan aims to better protect infrastructure and the electric grid and improve coordination of disaster policy around the country.
SmarterSafer.org has previously recommended an array of mitigation measures to make US disaster policy more resilient to catastrophes. For more information on SmarterSafer.org’s recommendations, please go to SmarterSafer.org.