Creating a Climate Resilient America: Reducing Risks and Costs

Wednesday, November 20, 2019 - 1:30pm
Room 1334 of the Longworth House Office Building

WASHINGTON - The House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis will hold a hearing on “Creating a Climate Resilient America: Reducing Risks and Costs” on Wednesday, November 20, 2019 at 1:30 p.m. in Room 1334 of the Longworth House Office Building.

The hearing will focus on how the federal government can support the development of climate risk data, resilience standards and technical assistance tools for local communities to boost their resilience and respond to the impacts of the climate crisis. It will also focus on ways to reduce the costs associated with extreme weather events, with an emphasis on mitigating risks and protecting American families.


"Whether it’s through scientific information on what the future holds, climate risk data, resilience standards or technical assistance tools, the federal government has an opportunity to help communities grow stronger in the face of the climate crisis – with a particular eye to communities that are on the front lines." - Chair Kathy Castor


Chad Berginnis, CFM, Executive Director for the Association of State Floodplain Managers (@FloodsOrg). Berginnis previously worked in the Ohio Floodplain Management Program and was Ohio’s State Hazard Mitigation Officer. He is a recognized expert in floodplain management, with 26 years of experience in natural hazard management, flood loss reduction and land use planning.

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The Honorable W. Craig Fugate (@WCraigFugate), Former Administrator, Federal Emergency Management Agency (@FEMA). Widely praised for his work leading FEMA for nearly eight years during the Obama administration, Fugate had previously served as Emergency Management Director under Florida Republican Gov. Jeb Bush. He currently provides senior-level advice and consulting in the area of disaster management and resiliency policy.

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The Honorable Alice Hill (@Alice_C_Hill), Senior Fellow for Climate Change Policy at the Council on Foreign Relations (@CFR_org). Hill’s work focuses on responding to the risks and consequences of the climate crisis. Prior to joining CFR, she served as special assistant to President Obama and developed national solutions as senior director for resilience policy for the National Security Council staff.

Read Hill's testimony.

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