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  • DOMESTIC TERRORISM
  • DIRTY BOMB
  • DISASTER AID
Winning Issue » DISASTER AID


Major natural disasters can often be 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 the volcanic explosion of Mount St. Helens which killed 57 people in 1980, there have been 279 weather and climate disasters that have resulted in combined damages of nearly $2 trillion. This includes Hurricane Katrina which claimed the lives of 1,833 New Orleans residents in 2005. 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. And Hurricane Sandy, that devastated New Jersey’s shoreline in 2012 and took the lives of 286 Americans.

In 2020 there were 16 weather/climate disasters each with losses exceeding $1 billion. These events included 1 drought, 11 severe storms, 3 tropical cyclones and 1 wildfire. Scientists predict climate change will increase both the frequency and intensity of these events - and soaring property insurance premiums seem to confirm this prediction. Advocates claim federally-funded, state-administered disaster relief grant programs take too long and waste too much money paying contractors and administrators. They say that when disaster strikes, the federal response needs to match the urgency that victims feel after having their lives turned upside down.

Proposed Legislation: H.R.1311 - To amend the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act to ensure that unmet needs after a major disaster are met. (116th Congress)
Prospective Sponsor: Rep. Garret Graves (LA)



Options


  • I oppose reforming current disaster aid policy and wish to donate resources to the campaign committee of Speaker Nancy Pelosi (CA).
  • I support improving accountability, accelerating needed disaster funding, streamlining the process for recovering communities, and providing assistance for:

    1.) Disaster-related home repair and rebuilding assistance to families for permanent housing purposes.

    2.) Disaster-related unmet needs of families who are unable to obtain adequate assistance from other sources.

    3.) Other services that alleviate human suffering and promote the well-being of disaster victims.

    4.) Economic and business activities (including food and agriculture) after a disaster to implement post-disaster economic recovery measures, including planning and technical assistance for long-term economic recovery plans, infrastructure improvements and business or infrastructure financing.

    And wish to donate resources to the campaign committee of Rep. Garret Graves (LA) and/or to an advocate group currently working with this issue.


Winning Option
  • I support improving accountability, accelerating needed disaster funding, streamlining the process for recovering communities, and providing assistance for:

    1.) Disaster-related home repair and rebuilding assistance to families for permanent housing purposes.

    2.) Disaster-related unmet needs of families who are unable to obtain adequate assistance from other sources.

    3.) Other services that alleviate human suffering and promote the well-being of disaster victims.

    4.) Economic and business activities (including food and agriculture) after a disaster to implement post-disaster economic recovery measures, including planning and technical assistance for long-term economic recovery plans, infrastructure improvements and business or infrastructure financing.

    And wish to donate resources to the campaign committee of Rep. Garret Graves (LA) and/or to an advocate group currently working with this issue.
There has been $0.00 pledged in support of this issue
Trustee Candidates

If elected as a trustee, the campaign committee of Rep. Garret Graves (LA) will be unconditionally awarded the funds pledged to this issue along with a letter requesting him to favorably consider reintroducing H.R.1311 - To amend the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act to ensure that unmet needs after a major disaster are met. (116th Congress).

If elected as a trustee, American 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 these emergencies.

About: Our purpose is to meet the immediate disaster-caused needs of individuals, families, and communities. Red Cross volunteers and staff work to deliver vital services – from providing relief and support to those in crisis, to helping you be prepared to respond in emergencies. We respond to an emergency every 8 minutes. No one else does this: not the government, not other charities. From small house fires to multi-state natural disasters, the American Red Cross goes wherever we’re needed, so people can have clean water, safe shelter and hot meals when they need them most. We respond to an average of more than 60,000 disasters every year. 95% of our disaster relief workers are volunteers. 90% of disasters we respond to are home fires.
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Trustee Election - Opening Date
October 11, 2021
Trustee Election - Closing Date
October 18, 2021