The Federal Emergency Management Agency will give states $3.5 billion to prepare for disasters, as wildfires and other calamities pummel the country.
The Biden administration announced on Thursday a record injection of money to help communities gird against the effects of climate change, as disasters continue to pummel the United States.
The new funds — $3.5 billion in grants to states to protect against floods, wildfires and other threats — mark a shift in United States disaster policy as climate change gets worse: Rather than smaller, more targeted investments, the government is throwing huge sums of money at disaster preparation as fast as it can.
“The risks that we are seeing from climate change are the crisis of our generation,” Deanne Criswell, head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which is administering the money, said in an interview.
The goal of the new money is to get local and state officials to broaden their