National Mitigation Investment Agenda

For a Stronger and Safer America

As the number of catastrophes and the federal investment in post-disaster recovery continue to skyrocket, it’s time for the U.S. to look at how to best save lives and tax dollars before we are hit by the next major natural disaster. Research has repeatedly demonstrated the life- and cost-saving benefits of pre-disaster mitigation, yet the U.S. continues to invest nearly 14 times more in post-disaster mitigation than it does in loss prevention. It’s time to Make America Resilient Again by learning from past disasters and shifting our reliance on reactive emergency recovery toward proactive disaster preparation measures by streamlining the federal approach to disaster spending and incentivizing stronger building standards.

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BuildStrong Coalition

National Mitigation Investment Agenda

We must reform our nation’s broken disaster spending model to save lives and tax dollars by encouraging states to invest in pre-disaster fortification and ensuring that federal disaster response is expedient, effective, and focused on preventing future destruction.


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Encouraging States to Build Stronger

  • THE ISSUE

    The federal government continues to invest more in post-disaster recovery than it does in pre-disaster prevention, despite research demonstrating that every $1 invested pre-disaster saves $3-4 post-disaster.

  • THE SOLUTION

    Competitively award federal funding to help states proactively invest in stronger building standards pre-disaster, without requiring additional federal spending.

  • THE ISSUE

    Many states take a “wait and see” attitude because it’s easier to rely on federal post-disaster dollars – which cover the bulk of disaster recovery costs regardless of whether a state invested in pre-disaster mitigation – than to proactively reform broken state investment systems.

  • THE SOLUTION

    Create federal incentives for states to invest proactively.

Improving the Federal Response

  • THE ISSUE

    The U.S. is stuck in an endless cycle of “rebuild and repair” where structures are built back to the same outdated building codes after a disaster.

  • THE SOLUTION

    Help states build to stronger standards post-disaster to prevent future damage.

  • THE ISSUE

    The federal response to disasters is fragmented (e.g. 19 agencies handled the Hurricane Sandy response), leading to a slower response that is often wasteful and confusing for disaster-stricken communities to navigate.

  • THE SOLUTION

    Create a unified federal disaster response approach with strict spending standards to ensure effectiveness.


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