Rebuilding Strategy Will Serve as Model for Extreme Weather Events

This morning, the Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force released its Rebuilding Strategy for stronger communities and a resilient region.  The strategy will ensure families, small businesses and communities are stronger, more economically competitive and better able to withstand future storms, and serve as a model for communities across the country.  Please see excerpts from the Press Release below.

WASHINGTON – “President Obama’s Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force [has] released a rebuilding strategy to serve as a model for communities across the nation facing greater risks from extreme weather and to continue helping the Sandy-affected region rebuild.  The Rebuilding Strategy contains 69 policy recommendations, many of which have already been adopted, that will help homeowners stay in and repair their homes, strengthen small businesses and revitalize local economies and ensure entire communities are better able to withstand and recover from future storms…”

Among the recommendations that will have the greatest impact on Federal funding is a process to prioritize all large-scale infrastructure projects and map the connections and interdependencies between them, as well as guidelines to ensure all of those projects are built to withstand the impacts of climate change. The Strategy also explores how to harden energy infrastructure to minimize power outages and fuel shortages – and ensure continuation of cellular service – in the event of future storms.

In addition to the recommendations that are directly linked to Sandy Supplemental funding…the Rebuilding includes recommendations that, if implemented, will improve our ability to withstand and recover effectively from future flood-related disasters across the country.

Several of the policies and principles developed by the Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force were also incorporated into President Obama’s Climate Action Plan, which laid out a series of responsible and common sense steps to prepare communities for the impacts of a changing climate, including the need for the Federal government to make investments based on the most up to date information about future risks.

For more information and to read the Rebuilding Strategy, visit www.HUD.gov.

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