Congressmen Thompson, Rooney Establish Congressional Natural Disaster Caucus
Washington, DC – Today, Congressmen Mike Thompson (CA-05) and Tom Rooney (FL-17) formally established the new Congressional Natural Disaster Caucus.
“Over the last year, several natural disasters have torn through communities across the country. Unfortunately, we know none of these disasters will be the last,” said Rep. Thompson. “Our goal with the new Congressional Natural Disaster Caucus is to bring together a bipartisan group of Members of Congress who are committed to improving the way in which we prepare for disasters, respond to them, and ultimately deliver relief to survivors.”
“The number of natural disasters that devastated communities from coast to coast in 2017 was staggering,” said Rep. Tom Rooney. “My home state of Florida is no stranger to facing extreme weather and we know these will not be the last storms we will have to face. The new Congressional Natural Disaster Caucus will bring together a bipartisan group of lawmakers who want to ensure we are better prepared to deal with future disasters. I am hopeful that the Caucus will provide a platform for my colleagues and I to examine how Congress can improve not only how we prepare and respond to natural disasters, but ultimately how we deliver relief to the survivors and the impacted communities.”
The Congressional Natural Disaster Caucus will serve as an informal, bipartisan group of Members dedicated to natural disaster preparation, response, and relief. The Caucus will provide resources for Members of Congress and their staff to help their Districts prepare for and respond to natural disasters. Thompson and Rooney will serve as co-chairs of the Caucus.