|Given the devastating impact that these wildfires can have, it’s important that we have a plan and adequate resources for when wildfires start.
Last week, I offered an amendment to increase funds for the Forest Service’s hazardous fuels management activities by $10 million dollars, to help the Forest Service mitigate the threats of excessive fire fuels with proven and effective preparedness measures.
Watch: Carbajal offers amendment to increase wildfire fuels management budget
That’s why I also, along with the majority of my colleagues, voted to pass the Disaster Recovery Reform Act (DRRA). The DRRA ensures that a portion of FEMA assistance funding is invested in pre-disaster hazard mitigation efforts. As we continue to experience devastating disasters such as wild fires and debris flows, we must find ways to adapt to these increasingly extreme weather patterns.
Despite some of the heavy rains we’ve experienced this past winter, much of Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo remain in “severe drought” conditions. That’s why I joined Rep. Tom Reed (R-NY) to introduce the Water Infrastructure Resilience and Sustainability Act (WIRSA). WIRSA would establish an EPA grant program for communities working with a local agency to improve the resilience and adaptability of their water infrastructure. Read more here.
I look forward to hearing from you about how we can keep our community safe and prepared for future natural disasters.
Congressman Salud Carbajal