Coinciding with the start of hurricane season and in the wake of devastating tornadoes, U.S. Representatives Cedric L. Richmond and Patrick E. Murphy today announced the formation of the bipartisan Disaster Relief Caucus. Joining the representatives are Reps. Peter King (R-NY) and Kay Granger (R-TX). The bipartisan Disaster Relief Caucus will facilitate policy discussions to promote more organized, streamlined, and timely responses to natural disasters.
"As someone who has witnessed the devastation of hurricanes firsthand, I am extremely pleased to join my colleagues in establishing the Disaster Relief Caucus to ensure that our communities are better prepared and protected," said Congressman Richmond. "The founding of a caucus that addresses the increasing threat of natural disasters is critical as we work to rebuild our communities in the aftermath of hurricanes and tornadoes. It is vital that we unite in a common effort to proactively advocate for stronger policies, better preparation, and more effective responsiveness at the onset and after a disaster strikes."
"With the start of what is predicted to be an active hurricane season and after witnessing the tragedies caused by recent tornadoes, wildfires in California, and with the northeast still recovering from Superstorm Sandy, we are reminded that disasters can strike in any community," said Rep. Murphy. "Having lived in Florida my entire life, I have witnessed firsthand the impact these disasters can have, especially when politics tie up response efforts. That is why I am proud to join my colleagues Reps. King, Richmond, and Granger in announcing the formation of the Disaster Relief Caucus to improve the effectiveness of disaster preparedness and response efforts."