From the office of:

Harley Rouda

Sending Office: Honorable Harley Rouda
Sent By:

Deadline: Tuesday, April 2

Dear Colleague:

I ask that you join me in sending a letter to the Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee to support federal grants to protect communities vulnerable to increasingly severe natural disasters due to the growing impact of climate change.

Authorized by the bipartisan Disaster Recovery Reform Act of 2018 and administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the National Public Infrastructure Predisaster Mitigation Fund receives a six-percent set-aside from disaster relief expenses
to invest in mitigating the impact of future disasters. This grant program provides financial assistance to predisaster mitigation projects that help protect lives and property, save taxpayer dollars, and foster economic development.

As communities across the country struggle to prepare for stronger storms, increased flooding, catastrophic wildfires, and other severe weather events, I believe that the federal government must play a central role in reducing risks before these disasters
occur. To further this program’s impact on addressing the threats of climate change, the letter below requests report language encouraging FEMA to provide priority consideration to grant applications that would address the increased risk to natural disasters
due to climate change.

If you would like to sign on to the letter,
please fill out this form
.  If you have any questions, please contact Zac Commins at The deadline to sign is Tuesday, April 2.


Harley Rouda

Member of Congress



The Honorable Lucille Roybal-Allard


House Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security

2006 Rayburn House Office Building

Washington, DC 20515


The Honorable Chuck Fleischmann

Ranking Member

House Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security

2410 Rayburn House Office Building

Washington, DC 20515


Dear Chairwoman Roybal-Allard and Ranking Member Fleischmann,

As you begin work on the fiscal year 2020 Department of Homeland Security appropriations bill, we write to request that you include report language to support communities vulnerable to increasingly severe natural disasters due to climate change.

In recent years, we have witnessed how climate change has intensified the impact of severe weather events. Sea level rise extended the reach of Hurricane Sandy by 27 square miles, affecting 83,000 additional individuals living in New Jersey and New York
and adding more than $2 billion in storm damage. Researchers found that the torrential rainfall that flooded Houston after Hurricane Harvey was as much as 38 percent higher than what would be expected without global warming. Wildfires now burn more than twice
the area they did in the 1970s and average wildfire seasons last nearly 80 days longer. As these threats continue to intensify, the federal government should invest in communities seeking to protect residents and businesses from hazards.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) National Public Infrastructure Predisaster Mitigation Fund provides financial assistance to state and local governments to implement predisaster hazard mitigation measures, support effective public-private
natural disaster hazard mitigation partnerships, and improve hazard mitigation assessment and planning efforts. Predisaster mitigation projects not only save lives and foster economic development by protecting our communities but also save taxpayer dollars
by reducing funding needed for disaster relief. According to studies by the Congressional Budget Office and National Institute of Building Sciences, every dollar invested in predisaster mitigation saves taxpayers three to four dollars.

As climate change is a driving force behind stronger storms, worsening flooding, catastrophic wildfires, and other increasingly severe weather events, we believe it is critical that this grant program play a central role in preparing communities across the
United States for the effects of this global crisis. Therefore, we request the inclusion of the following report language:

The Committee encourages FEMA to give priority consideration to grants that address heightened risk for natural disaster hazards due to climate change.

We look forward to working with you to mitigate risk to the American people as we seek to address the growing threat of climate change. Thank you for considering our request.


Related Legislative Issues

Selected legislative information: Appropriations, Environment, Homeland Security

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