Extreme weather stops for no virus. At a time when we must keep our distance from each other and isolate ourselves in our homes, flooding, hurricanes, and other extreme weather events that threaten our communities are particularly worrisome.
This spring and summer, the ramifications of COVID-19 could be worsened by flooding, wildfires, hurricanes, and heatwaves.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and other federal agencies are already stretched thin providing response and recovery to help communities around the country, and will be further strained from compounding extreme weather events projected for this spring and into the summer.
Urge your representative to prioritize robust funding for FEMA and the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) pre-disaster mitigation programs in future federal economic recovery and relief packages.
Some parts of the United States are already facing flooding and extreme heat conditions, which will likely worsen across the nation. By funding these federal programs as part of our nation’s economic recovery efforts, Congress can ensure resources are going to prepare communities most in need, including African American, Latinx, and Native American communities that are experiencing the brunt of the pandemic.
Tell your legislator to support federal funding for FEMA, HUD, and other federal pre-disaster mitigation programs to minimize compounding extreme weather and COVID-19 impacts to communities, and specifically direct resources to tribes, low-income, and otherwise underserved communities.
With adequate funding, these programs can help alleviate some of the burdens on already affected communities, and minimize impacts of extreme weather across the country.
Union of Concerned Scientists