According to storm watch experts at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration—the federal agency in charge of the National Hurricane Center and the National Weather Service—the Atlantic Seaboard could see two to four major hurricanes this year, in addition to tropical storms. But President Trump has yet to appoint a leader for NOAA, nor is there anyone in charge at America’s key disaster-relief service, the Federal Emergency Management Agency. If it’s not enough for him that hurricanes could devastate Americans across the country, Trump (who only seems to speak in dollars and cents) should stop focusing on cutting federal funding to public-safety programs and open his eyes to how such disasters cost the government billions of dollars.
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Expert BlogRob Moore
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is facing reductions in funding for its most critical programs. These include reductions of several disaster response and preparedness programs and a complete elimination of funding for floodplain mapping. Taken together, the cuts would…
NRDC in ActionUnited StatesJeff Turrentine
For years, states could ignore global warming when creating their disaster-preparedness plans. Not anymore.