The ability to prepare for, respond to, recover from, and mitigate against disasters and emergencies is essential for saving lives and protecting our infrastructure when catastrophe strikes. As disaster costs grow and the number of people in vulnerable areas increases, Congress must find ways to increase the efficiency, effectiveness, and value of federal disaster programs. The Transportation and Infrastructure Committee will take bold steps during the 115th Congress to improve the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and facilitate the strengthening of the nation’s emergency management system.  With input from state and local governments and stakeholders, by holding hearings on national preparedness and disaster costs and losses, and working on legislation to streamline disaster assistance and promote mitigation we will help build a 21st century infrastructure that is able to survive and recover quickly from disasters of any kind.



Building a 21st Century Infrastructure for America: Mitigating
Damage and Recovering Quickly from Disasters