Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart

Representing the 25th District of FLORIDA

Diaz-Balart Urges Residents to Prepare for Hurricane Season

Jun 1, 2009
Press Release

MIAMI—Today Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL) marked the start of the 2009 Atlantic Hurricane Season by urging our community to prepare.

“Hurricanes pose a serious threat to our safety and well being and cannot be taken lightly.  It is vital that we take the proper measures to prepare our families and secure our homes.

"Preparation and organization are key elements that can prove to be life-saving in the case of a hurricane hitting our shores.

“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.   

Last month, Diaz-Balart introduced legislation in Congress that would benefit not only Floridians and residents in coastal regions of the U.S., but also all American families.

*H.R. 2592, the Safe Building Code Incentive Act provides post-disaster financial assistance to states with enacted and enforced statewide building codes.

*H.R. 2591, the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System Act would require FEMA to modernize and implement an integrated public alerts and warning system.

*H. Res. 387 supports the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) National Hurricane Preparedness Week, taking place May 24-30.  It passed the house earlier this month.

As the Ranking Member of the Economic Development, Public Buildings and Emergency Management Subcommittee, of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, which has oversight of FEMA and the nation’s emergency preparedness and response efforts, Diaz-Balart also co-sponsored the FEMA Independence Act, which would make FEMA its own agency, separate of DHS, ensuring more accountability and preparedness.