The recent COVID-19 outbreak highlights the overwhelming need to overhaul our current disaster preparedness planning in this country. Today, our SmarterSafer coalition members published an op-ed in The Hill on applying the lessons we’ve seen from COVID-19 to the current climate threat. Check out the full piece here.
“The scarce availability of supplies to fight COVID-19 – such as the lack of personal protective equipment (PPE) and respiratory ventilators – only magnifies the urgency to allocate more resources to our local, state, and federal governments before the next crisis occurs. These are the lessons we are learning from the current health pandemic and they should be a warning sign to policymakers that we need to prioritize crisis mitigation efforts as we prepare to face head-on the harsh realities of the next hurricane and wildfire seasons.”
We’d like to give a special thank you to our members for collaborating on this thoughtful piece: Stephen Pociask of American Consumer Institute, Collin O’Mara of National Wildlife Federation, Jeff Kupfer of ConservAmerica, and Eli Lehrer of R Street.