House Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management Hearing "Controlling the Rising Cost of Federal Responses to Disaster"

On May 12, 2016, Eric Nelson, BuildStrong Coalition Executive Committee member, testified before the House Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management. The hearing explored the rising costs of federal responses to disasters and potential solutions for lowering such costs, including the importance of National Mitigation Investment Act of 2016. David Paulison, former FEMA Administrator and Senior Advisor to the BuildStrong Coalition, also submitted a written testimony to the subcommittee prior to the hearing.

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House Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management Hearing – "Rebuilding After the Storm: Lessening Impacts and Speeding Recovery."

On January 27, 2015, David Paulison, former FEMA Director and Senior Advisor to the BuildStrong Coalition, testified before the House Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management. The hearing focused on saving taxpayer dollars by lessening the impacts of disasters and strategies for speeding disaster recoveries. With this hearing, Chairman Barletta and the Subcommittee announced they are launching an assessment of the rising costs of disasters, the cost effectiveness of disaster assistance, strategies to reduce disaster losses, and the appropriate roles of government and the private sector. 

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Senate Homeland Security & Government Affairs Subcommittee on Emergency Management Hearing – “The Role of Mitigation in Reducing Federal Expenditures for Disaster Response”

On May 14, 2014, the U.S. Senate Homeland Security Committee’s Subcommittee on Emergency Management, Intergovernmental Relations and the District of Columbia held a hearing to examine the potential relationship between investment in mitigation and disaster response. Dr. Robert Detlefsen, Vice President of Public Policy at the National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies, testified on behalf of the BuildStrong Coalition. David Miller, Associate Administrator, Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Christopher Currie, Director, Emergency Management and National Preparedness Issues, Government Accountability Office, and Chad Berginnis, Executive Director, Association of State Floodplain Managers joined Dr. Detlefsen on the panel.

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House Science, Space, and Technology, Subcommittee on Research and Subcommittee on Technology Joint Hearing – “Federal Efforts to Reduce the Impacts of Windstorms”

On June 5, 2013, Debra Ballen, General Counsel and Senior Vice President for Public Policy at the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety, testified before the House Science, Space, and Technology, Subcommittee on Research and Subcommittee on Technology during a joint hearing titled, “Federal Efforts to Reduce the Impacts of Windstorms”. The purpose of the hearing was to examine the current role of research and development (R&D) in mitigating the damage from windstorms across the nation. Witnesses discussed how best to transfer the results of research into practice for stakeholders, including building code developers, builders and property owners. The hearing reviewed the activities of the National Windstorm Impact Reduction Program (NWIRP), a multi-agency program between the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and the National Science Foundation (NSF). The hearing also reviewed The National Windstorm Impact Reduction Act Reauthorization of 2013 [H.R. 1786], a bill to re-authorize NWIRP sponsored by Rep. Randy Neugebauer (R-Texas).
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Senate Homeland Security & Government Affairs Subcommittee on Emergency Management Hearing – “The Private Sector Role in Emergency Response and Preparedness”

On May 8, 2013, Michael Merwarth, Senior Vice President at USAA testified before the Senate Homeland Security & Government Affairs Subcommittee on Emergency Management. The purpose of the hearing was to examine how the private sector can be leveraged to support community preparedness and response to natural and manmade disasters. The hearing highlighted how FEMA and the Federal government reaches out to the private sector as well as getting the private sector’s input on best practices and discuss challenges to potential public-private partnerships at the Federal, state and local level. Additionally, the hearing explored how the private sector can better prepare for disasters by developing plans, identifying priorities, engaging other stakeholders, and reducing the escalating cost of disasters with smart mitigation efforts.

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House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management Hearing – “A Review of Building Codes and Mitigation Efforts to Help Minimize the Costs Associated with Natural Disasters”

On July 24, 2012, the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee held a hearing to examine the effectiveness of model building codes in reducing the damage and cost of natural disasters. The hearing was held in Chairman Jeff Denham’s Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings and Emergency Management. Lawmakers heard testimony from Mr. Rod Matthews of State Farm Insurance Companies and Ms. Julie Rochman of the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety on the vital role that strong building codes play in protecting property, saving lives and ultimately reducing taxpayer exposure to natural disasters.

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