As a long-time Florida resident, I have advocated on behalf of increased disaster preparedness.
* I sponsored a bill establishing the National Hurricane Research Initiative, which will help aid our disaster preparedness efforts by making grants available to hurricane researchers, assist in our preparedness and promote earlier hurricane detection.
* I voted for the Homeowner's Defense Act, establishing a National Catastrophe Fund. This act would help alleviate the insurance market after a natural disaster.
* I supported the Flood Insurance Reform and Modernization Act, which would deal with problems created by the destructive storms of 2005. The act also includes wind coverage, an aspect that is important for families in the Florida Keys.