Congress now has a responsibility to start addressing the cost of disasters before we face yet another storm. It’s time to make preparedness a national priority, and that starts with smart policy and resourcing. By adopting measures to keep costs in check, lawmakers will do the right thing for both their constituents and their communities.
David Williams is president of the Taxpayers Protection Alliance; Angela Anderson is director of the Climate and Energy Program at the Union of Concerned Scientists
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, hugs Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, after the Congressman spoke at the IAFF's Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2015. The day featured addresses by members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden.