The Issue

The frequency and severity of catastrophes in the United States is on the rise. This dangerous trend illustrates the need for our country to invest in the resilience of the structures in which we live and work and the lifeline infrastructure that supports our everyday lives. Growing climate risk is forcing policymakers and emergency management experts to reevaluate our national mitigation approach. The last year alone saw a record-breaking hurricane season, the most active wildfire year on record across the west, and the most billion-dollar disaster events in U.S. history. To combat the disasters associated with these hazards, we must think more resiliently and build stronger.

Our Recommendations

We must help our communities rebuild and recover while providing them with the necessary resources to prevent future destruction. It’s time to stop the endless cycle of rebuilding to the same, outdated standards after each disaster. Studies have shown that for every dollar invested in mitigation, as much as eleven dollars can be saved. Mitigation saves lives, property, taxpayer money, and the environment. the environment. We must break the inextricably connected cycle of destruction, loss of life, and federal waste.

More Resources for Mitigation

Increase the funding for retrofits and investments in resilience before the next disaster, climate impact, or catastrophic failure.

Resilient Homes and Communities through Strong Building Codes

Create incentives for building stronger and tie existing federal funding streams to the adoption and enforcement of strong, modern building codes, in order to better protect homes, families, and communities.

Resilient Lifeline Infrastructure

Require investments in lifeline infrastructure and those resources should be directed at risk-reducing, cost effective investments to promote the hardening of lifeline infrastructure and disaster-resilient construction and the adoption and implementation of risk-reducing standards.

Individual Investments in Resilience

Incentivize investments in resilience through tax benefits, grant conditions, and easing administrative burdens.

Resilient, Safe, & Sustainable Materials and Products

Ensure the use of resilient, safe, and sustainable products in the construction and retrofit of lifeline infrastructure.

Build Capacity & Aid Vulnerable Populations

Ensure that state, local, tribal, and regional entities are given the tools and resources to increase capacity and capability to identify risks and hazards and mitigate those risks before the crisis occurs.