The recent storms' devastating effects on Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands spotlights the importance of proper community planning, building codes and infrastructure.
FEMA administrator Brock Long recently gave a prepared statement to the United States House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.
“I cannot overstate the importance of focusing on investing in mitigation before a disaster strikes. Developing resilient capacity ahead of an incident reduces loss of life and economic disruption. When communities are impacted, they should ensure that they rebuild infrastructure better, tougher and stronger to protect taxpayer investment and promote economic stability,” Long said.
The statement emphasized the importance of rebuilding utilities and transportation corridors that could withstand future events, mitigating the need to rebuild over and over.