Washington, DC, November 15, 2021 – The SmarterSafer Coalition issued the following statement in response to the climate resilience measures in the bipartisan infrastructure framework:
“Extreme weather events have cost the United States more than $100 billion in the last year alone, often hitting historically underserved groups the hardest, including low-income communities, communities of color and people with disabilities. It’s long overdue to place more attention on climate change-driven natural disasters and the effects they have on our most vulnerable.
SmarterSafer supports the bipartisan infrastructure bill and its designation of $47 billion toward climate resilience measures. With the intention to help communities prepare for the new age of severe fires, floods, storms and droughts worsened by human-caused climate change, this bill will prioritize resilience for future catastrophes.”
As climate change-exacerbated natural disasters continue to affect communities around the country, Congress must continue to proactively allocate funds and resources to protect people and their property and promote pre-disaster mitigation.
SmarterSafer is a national coalition made up of a diverse chorus of voices united in favor of environmentally responsible, fiscally sound approaches to natural catastrophe policy that promote public safety. SmarterSafer members include taxpayer advocates, environmental groups, insurance interests, housing organizations, and mitigation advocates. For more information from SmarterSafer, be sure to follow us on Twitter.