Diaz-Balart Introduces Resolution to Promote Hurricane Awareness, Encourage Preparedness
MIAMI—This week Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL) introduced H. Res. 387, a resolution supporting the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) National Hurricane Preparedness Week, taking place May 24-30. Today he co-chaired a Congressional field hearing at the James L. King Federal Justice Building in Miami that focused on the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) and Florida’s readiness for the 2009 Atlantic hurricane season.
“The devastating aftermath of Hurricanes like Katrina, Wilma and Rita is a chilling reminder of the serious threat we face each year. Hurricane season cannot be taken lightly and it is vital that we take the proper measures to prepare our families and secure our homes,” said Diaz-Balart.
This resolution urges Americans to be aware of the potential risks posed by hurricanes and to take action in preparing for the fast-approaching 2009 season. It also supports the goals and ideals of National Hurricane Preparedness Week and recognizes the outstanding work of staff at NOAA, including those at the National Weather Service and National Hurricane Center, in predicting hurricanes and preparing the community.
“I remain hopeful that our communities will be spared from the tragedy of a storm, but we must nonetheless be prepared to face the possibility of a hurricane or natural disaster striking our coastal regions,” said Diaz-Balart.
21 Members of Congress have co-sponsored the resolution thus far.