WASHINGTON — Nat Wienecke, senior vice president, federal government relations at the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America (PCI) issued the following statement in support of two congressional actions to improve forecasting and mitigation response. Today, the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee for Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies held a hearing on “National Water Hazards and Vulnerabilities: Improved Forecasting for Response and Mitigation” and the House passed H.R. 353, The Weather Research and Forecasting Innovation Act of 2017.
“PCI applauds Chairman Shelby, Ranking Member Shaheen, and the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee for addressing the need for improved forecasting for response to mitigation,” said Wienecke. “PCI encourages the Senate to support targeted appropriations that will better prepare the nation for when, not if, the next natural catastrophe occurs.
The United States is experiencing a long-term increase in the frequency and severity of weather related events. Many of these events occur with little or no advance warning to the public, placing both lives and property at risk. “Improving weather prediction capabilities will help increase disaster preparedness and mitigate disaster losses,” continued Wienecke. “It is imperative that NOAA and USGS scientists have the most technologically advance anemometers and radar equipment at their disposal to effectively assess hurricanes, tornadoes, and hail storms in real time to protect citizens and property.”
PCI submitted a letter to Chairman Shelby and Ranking Member Shaheen. The letter is attached.
“PCI applauds Congress for passing H.R. 353, the Weather Research and Forecasting Innovation Act of 2017. This important legislation is necessary to improve weather research, forecasting, and prediction of natural catastrophes in order to help citizens prepare and recover from disasters,” concluded Wienecke.