Major Savings from Barletta Disaster Bill Backed By Recent Study

Jan 12, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Yesterday, the National Institute of Building Sciences released findings from a new report detailing the value of pre-disaster mitigation.  The study found that every $1 the federal government spends on pre-disaster mitigation, $6 in future disaster costs are saved.  This is up from the organization’s 2005 study that found a one to four savings ratio.  Congressman Lou Barletta (PA-11) is the lead sponsor of legislation directing resources to disaster mitigation projects. 

“My legislation makes historic reforms to how America approaches disasters,” Barletta said following the release of the report.  “The study from the National Institute of Building Sciences has definitively underscored the critical importance of my bill.  Congress has an opportunity to enact real disaster reform saving lives and taxpayer dollars.  If you can save $6 for every $1 spent on pre-disaster mitigation, it’s clearly a no-brainer.  Though the House approved my language last year as part of the larger package to provide disaster funding for recent hurricanes and wildfires, the Senate, for some reason, has tried to derail this needed reform.  I urge the Senate not to sit on their hands.  This study reinforces the extensive benefits of pre-disaster mitigation.  Let’s not miss a historic opportunity because of Senate politics.”

Barletta’s bill, H.R. 4460, the Disaster Recovery Reform Act (DRRA), provides broad reforms of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).  In particular, the legislation increases the federal emphasis on pre-disaster planning and mitigation, which will reduce the potential for future loss of life and help reduce the rising costs of disasters throughout America. 

Mitigation can encompass a wide variety of activities, including proactive preparation and planning, elevating or moving structures prone to flooding, and hardening structures to mitigate effects of hurricanes or earthquakes. 

More information about the National Institute of Building Sciences can be found HERE.

More information about DRRA is available HERE.