RELEASE: 5 Ways Congress Can Help to Rebuild Stronger and Safer Communities After Harvey

Washington, D.C. — Congress must help communities devastated by Hurricane Harvey become more resilient to extreme weather, flooding, and other climate change risks, according to a new column from the Center for American Progress.

The column urges federal, state, and local officials to insist that Harvey rebuilding aid supports a redesign of communities and infrastructure to make them safer, stronger, and more storm-ready, particularly for neighborhoods where people struggle to make ends meet and communities of color that are exposed to these threats at a disproportionately high rate.

Recommendations include giving decisionmakers access to updated flood risk data and requiring all federally supported infrastructure projects to be built to withstand more extreme weather and flooding.

Read the column: “5 Ways Congress Can Help to Rebuild Stronger and Safer Communities After Harvey,” by Cathleen Kelly and Kristina Costa.

For more information on this topic or to speak with an expert, contact Sam Hananel at shananel@americanprogress.org or 202-478-6327.