Trustee Election
These are the original issues in this subcategory
  • PEACE
  • INTELLIGENCE
  • DISASTER AID
Winning Issue » DISASTER AID


A major natural disaster may as terrifying as a terrorist attack. There have always been hurricanes, earthquakes, tornados, volcanoes, floods, wildfires and droughts, but it seems the frequency and intensity of these events are increasing. Since 2011, China, the United States, the Philippines, India and Indonesia have been the top 5 countries most frequently hit by natural disasters. Between 1980 and 2010, our 10 costliest natural disasters were responsible for more than 12,000 deaths and $500 billion in damages. Since 1980, there have been 144 of these billion-dollar events with total damages exceeding $1 trillion. Hurricane Katrina claimed the lives of 1,833 New Orleans natives in 2005. Hurricane Andrew in 1992 and the 1994 Northridge earthquake killed 65 and 57 people respectively. In 2008, Hurricane Ike claimed 112 lives in Texas. The devastating 2011 Hackleburg, Tuscaloosa and Joplin tornadoes all occurred within 5 weeks of each other. These EF4, 200 mph twisters, took the lives 233 Americans and caused more than $6 billion in damage. Likewise, the EF4 tornado that hit Oklahoma City, Moore and Newcastle in 2013 flattened an elementary school and killed 90 people including 20 children. This devastating tornado was nearly a mile wide and was in contact with the ground for at least 40 minutes. The 1980 volcanic explosion of Mt St. Helens killed 57 people. Hurricane Sandy, which hit New Jersey’s shoreline in 2012, took the lives of 286 Americans. In 2012, we experienced 11 natural disasters that each caused at least $1 billion in damage, and 2013 brought 7 more. Scientists predict climate change will increase both the frequency and intensity of these events, and soaring property insurance premiums seem to be confirming this prediction.


Pending Legislation:
H.R.1297 - Disaster Response Reform Act of 2015
H.R.2397 - Tornado Family Safety Act of 2015



Options


  • I oppose reforming current disaster aid policy and wish to defeat H.R.1297 - Disaster Response Reform Act of 2015 and H.R.2397 - Tornado Family Safety Act of 2015, and also wish to donate resources to the campaign committee of either Rep. Paul Ryan or Sen. Mitch McConnell
  • I support establishing at least 6 national emergency centers on military installations to use existing infrastructure to provide: temporary housing, medical, and humanitarian assistance to individuals and families dislocated due to an emergency or major disaster; centralized locations for the training of first responders and the coordination of preparedness, response, and recovery efforts; listing minimum requirements for sites for such centers, including that they be capable of: meeting for an extended period the housing, health, transportation, education, public works, humanitarian, and other transition needs of a large number of individuals affected; being scaled up or down to accommodate major disaster preparedness and response drills, operations, and procedures; housing existing permanent structures necessary to meet training and first responders coordination requirements during non-disaster periods; and hosting the infrastructure necessary to rapidly adjust to temporary housing, medical, and humanitarian assistance needs, and wish to either reintroduce H.R.390 - National Emergency Centers Establishment Act (113th Congress 2013-2014), or a similar version thereof, and also wish to donate resources to the campaign committee of Rep. Alcee Hastings (FL) or to an advocate group currently working with this issue
  • I support amending the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act to provide assistance for housing cooperatives damaged by a major disaster; providing relief to homeowners affected by major disasters who have mortgages insured by the FHA or owned or guaranteed by Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac, and wish to pass H.R.1297 - Disaster Response Reform Act of 2015, and also wish to donate resources to either the campaign committees of Rep. Jeb Hensarling (TX) and/or Rep. Hakeem Jefferies (NY), or to an advocate group currently working with this issue
  • I support amending the Small Business Act to allow Small Business Administration physical disaster loans to be used for the construction of safe rooms or similar storm shelters designed to protect property and occupants from tornadoes or other natural disasters, and wish to pass H.R.2397 - Tornado Family Safety Act of 2015, and also wish to donate resources to either the campaign committees of Rep. Steve Chabot (OH), and/or Rep. Tom Cole (OK), or to an advocate group currently working with this issue


Winning Option
  • I support establishing at least 6 national emergency centers on military installations to use existing infrastructure to provide: temporary housing, medical, and humanitarian assistance to individuals and families dislocated due to an emergency or major disaster; centralized locations for the training of first responders and the coordination of preparedness, response, and recovery efforts; listing minimum requirements for sites for such centers, including that they be capable of: meeting for an extended period the housing, health, transportation, education, public works, humanitarian, and other transition needs of a large number of individuals affected; being scaled up or down to accommodate major disaster preparedness and response drills, operations, and procedures; housing existing permanent structures necessary to meet training and first responders coordination requirements during non-disaster periods; and hosting the infrastructure necessary to rapidly adjust to temporary housing, medical, and humanitarian assistance needs, and wish to either reintroduce H.R.390 - National Emergency Centers Establishment Act (113th Congress 2013-2014), or a similar version thereof, and also wish to donate resources to the campaign committee of Rep. Alcee Hastings (FL) or to an advocate group currently working with this issue
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Trustee Candidates

If elected as a trustee, the campaign committee of Rep. Alcee Hastings (FL) (or an alternate legislator) will be unconditionally awarded the funds pledged to this issue along with a letter requesting him to favorably consider either reintroducing H.R.390 - National Emergency Centers Establishment Act (113th Congress 2013-2014), or a similar version thereof.

If elected as a trustee, the Red Cross will be awarded the funds pledged to this issue along with a letter requesting these funds be used to provide relief to victims of disasters and help people prevent, prepare for, and respond to emergencies.

The mission of the American Red Cross, a humanitarian organization led by volunteers, guided by its Congressional Charter and the Fundamental Principles of the International Red Cross Movement, is to provide relief to victims of disasters and help people prevent, prepare for, and respond to emergencies. Emergency assistance includes fixed/mobile feeding stations, shelter, cleaning supplies, comfort kits, first aid, blood and blood products, food, clothing, emergency transportation, rent, home repairs, household items and medical supplies. Additional assistance for long-term recovery may be provided when other relief assistance and/or personal resources are not adequate to meet disaster-caused needs. The American Red Cross also provides referrals to the government and other agencies providing disaster assistance. The Red Cross responds to approximately 70,000 disasters in the United States every year, ranging from home fires that affect a single family to hurricanes that affect tens of thousands, to earthquakes that impact millions.
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Trustee Election - Opening Date
June 4, 2020
Trustee Election - Closing Date
June 10, 2020