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Hill Briefing: Disaster Mitigation is Smart Infrastructure

May 16, 2018

The Pew Charitable Trusts will host a Capitol Hill Briefing that will address challenges posed by increased flooding and opportunities to improve how our nation prepares for and rebuilds from natural disasters. 

Now more than ever, smart investments in infrastructure are needed to break the costly cycle of flood loss and repair. Since 2000, flood-related disasters in the U.S. have accounted for more than $750 billion in losses while claiming lives and devastating communities. As Congress debates infrastructure proposals, it is critical to consider solutions that encourage more mitigation and reduce flood impacts. 

Coinciding with 2018 infrastructure week and Building Safety Month, the briefing will feature:
  • Senator Jack Reed of Rhode Island
  • Craig Fugate, former administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency
  • Jane Gilbert, chief resilience officer of Miami
  • Brian Pallasch, managing director, government relations and infrastructure initiatives, the American Society of Civil Engineers
  • Neal Rackleff, assistant secretary, Department of Housing and Urban Development (invited)


May 16, 2018
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Senate Hart – Room 902
2nd St. NE, Washington, DC 20002 + Google Map