R Street applauds bipartisan bill increasing government preparedness for extreme weather
WASHINGTON (August 1, 2014) – The R Street Institute is encouraged by today’s introduction of H.R. 5314, the bipartisan Preparedness and Risk Management for Extreme Weather Patterns Assuring Resilience (PREPARE) Act, by Reps. Matt Cartwright, D-Pa. and Tom Cole, R-Okla. The legislation will ensure the federal government proactively plans and prepares for the grave risks associated with extreme weather with no additional costs to taxpayers.
“The PREPARE Act is a simple, no cost, no regrets strategy for dealing with severe weather,” said Eli Lehrer, president of R Street. “It’s well worth strong consideration by both houses of Congress.”
The PREPARE Act establishes a federal inter-agency council to ensure federal agencies are planning and coordinating preparedness plans for extreme weather events. The bill also provides state and local governments with the best information and practices available to help them adopt their own emergency preparedness plans.