The Federal Emergency Management Agency said that the Biden government recently gave nearly $3 billion to towns across the country to “build resilience to the effects of climate change and extreme weather occurrences.”
The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, which was approved by Congress this past year and was administered by the Biden administration, will provide the funds, according to a news statement issued by FEMA this week. The organization pointed out that the project is a component of Biden’s Investing in America program, which it referred to as “a vital pillar of Bidenomics.”
“Through two competitive grant application programs, the winners will help towns all over the country become more resilient to climate change and harsh weather. As a whole, the President’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law gives FEMA almost $7 billion to help towns lower their risk of flooding, storms, drought, wildfires, high heat, and other natural disasters.”
Since Biden took office, the government has raised the amount of money FEMA gives out each year for resilience grants from $700 million to $3 billion. With the extra money, the agency will be able to “protect more of the areas in our country that are most at risk from the impacts of climate change and harsh weather.”
Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas said, “Our local and community-based partners have been the first responders whenever severe weather conditions happen, and they are also on the front lines of making our country more resilient to the effects of climate change.”
Mayorkas said, “President Biden’s Investment in America initiative will make Americans and communities in general safer as well as more resistant by investing right now in upgrading our key infrastructure, especially in the most disadvantaged and vulnerable neighborhoods.”
One of the initiatives supported by the $3 billion plan is to plant 10,500 trees throughout Portland, Oregon, over the course of the next three years. This will help reduce “extreme heatwave conditions” and “mitigate flooding in cities throughout extreme rainfall situations as well as enhance air quality.”
The money will additionally be used to raise 19 properties in the Florida Keys and 84 buildings in the Louisiana parish of East Baton Rouge.
Deanne Criswell, who is in charge of FEMA, said that climate change is causing “more frequent and powerful severe weather events” in the U.S. Criswell stressed how important it is to build “resilience before disasters happen.”
Criswell informed CNN that every dollar we spend on preparing for climate change will “save us $6 in costs for reaction and recovery.”
Criswell stated, “We want to make it easier for people to get back on their feet after these kinds of disasters. This will save money in the disaster relief fund given that we won’t have to spend nearly as much to help people get back on their feet.”
CNN said that FEMA told them that the agency’s yearly fund for disaster help is dangerously low because there have been more expensive disasters this year. Criswell said that FEMA is likely to run out of money for emergency help “around the middle of September” if Congress doesn’t approve more money.