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Congressman Krishnamoorthi Repeats Call For FEMA To Account For Impact Of Climate Change In Planning For Natural Disasters

September 13, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi issued the following statement as Hurricane Florence approaches the Atlantic Coast, just over a year after his September 11, 2017, letter to Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Administrator Brock Long urging him to account for climate change impacts in the Risk MAP program and when drawing flood maps:

“In the wake of last hurricane season’s devastation, I wrote to FEMA Administrator Long urgently requesting him to incorporate climate change impacts into projections for floods and hurricanes to maximize the effectiveness of prevention efforts. Now, a year later, as the East Coast faces another massive storm with another developing to the south, the urgency of this work has only grown but there are no indications FEMA has taken these necessary steps. As we work to support and assist those families struck by Hurricane Florence in the coming days and weeks, it’s essential that FEMA and other federal agencies incorporate the best available climate research into projecting the risks of future storms and how to prevent them.”