As Hurricane Season Looms, Biden Doubles Funding To Prepare For Extremes

"Administration will also launch NASA initiative aimed at collecting better climate data"

"President Biden announced Monday that he was doubling the amount of money the U.S. government will spend helping communities get set for extreme weather events, proclaiming the need for full readiness as he visited government workers and told them to prepare for another season of natural disasters.

In announcing $1 billion in spending, Biden also emphasized his administration’s attempts to steer the country toward confronting the looming effects of climate change, which scientists say will make severe weather events more frequent and less predictable. He announced a new NASA-led effort to collect more sophisticated climate data.

“We can never be too prepared,” Biden said during an afternoon visit to the Federal Emergency Management Agency headquarters. “We’re going to spare no expense, no effort, to keep Americans safe and respond to crises when they arise. And they certainly will.”"

Juliet Eilperin, Brady Dennis, and Matt Viser report for the Washington Post May 24, 2021.


"Biden Doubles U.S. Spending On Preparations For Extreme Weather" (Reuters)

"Biden Doubles FEMA Program to Prepare for Extreme Weather" (New York Times)

"Facing Hurricane and Wildfire Seasons, FEMA Is Already Worn Out" (New York Times)

"California Governor Highlights Record $2 Billion Wildfire Preparedness Budget" (Reuters)

Source: Washington Post, 05/25/2021