June 3rd; 12:00 - 1:30 pm (CT)
Please join The Pew Charitable Trusts for a discussion with government officials and mitigation experts on how disaster preparedness and resilient infrastructure can help protect economies and communities from additional hardships posed by the risk of extreme weather. Research shows investments in mitigation and resilient infrastructure provide widespread benefits that include reduced damages, job creation, and faster economic recovery following disasters. However, the federal government has historically devoted exponentially more funding toward reactive disaster recovery than proactive disaster preparedness. Natural disasters will not stop for a pandemic or any other external force. With another hurricane season officially beginning in June some communities and states will face increased risk for disruptions to livelihoods and businesses, and billions of dollars in damages. Our panelists will discuss the economic benefits of mitigation projects, the need for additional federal resources to support community and state disaster preparedness and resilient infrastructure efforts, and policies Congress could adopt to better protect Americans from the next storm.