HOUSE PASSES DIAZ-BALART HURRICANE PREPAREDNESS BILL
Today, the House of Representatives passed H. Res 402, Supporting the goals and ideals of National Hurricane Preparedness Week, a bill sponsored by Science and Technology Committee member, Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL).
"I am pleased that my colleagues have joined me in supporting this bill highlighting our need to be prepared for any potential hurricane," said Diaz-Balart. "As we have unfortunately learned in the past from the devastation of Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Wilma, hurricane season cannot be taken lightly. Residents in coastal regions must be aware of the dangers posed by these devastating storms and I urge them to take proper measures in preparing their families and securing their homes."
National Hurricane Preparedness Week, hosted by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), began Sunday and will run through May 26. This resolution supports the goals and ideals of the week and recognizes the outstanding work of staff at NOAA, including those at the National Weather Service and National Hurricane Center, in predicting hurricanes and preparing the community. It also urges Americans to be aware of the potential risks posed by hurricanes and to take action in preparing for the fast-approaching 2007 season.
"I remain hopeful that our communities will be spared from the tragedy of a storm, but we must nonetheless be prepared to face the possibility of a hurricane or natural disaster striking our coastal regions," said Diaz-Balart.
Forty-two other Members of Congress have co-sponsored this resolution.