FEMA Seeking Public Comment on Climate Change and Underserved Communities and Populations (through July 21, 2021 at 7:59 a.m. ET)

FEMA Seeking Public Comment on Climate Change and Underserved Communities and Populations

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is seeking public comments on how the agency’s programs deal with climate change and underserved communities and populations.

Submit your comments through the Federal eRulemaking Portal, Docket ID: FEMA-2021-0011. Feedback on the executive orders will be open through July 21, 2021 at 7:59 AM ET.

The type of feedback most useful to the agency identifies specific programs, regulations, information collections and/or policies that could benefit from reform. Additionally, feedback should refer to specific barriers to participation; address how to improve risk perception; offer actionable data; and specify viable alternatives to existing approaches that meet statutory obligations.

Background

Earlier this year, President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. released three executive orders requiring agencies to assess existing programs and policies to determine the following:

  • If agency programs and policies perpetuate systemic barriers to opportunities and benefits for people of color and other underserved groups.
  • If additional agency actions are required to bolster resilience to climate change.
  • If agency programs, policies and activities address the disproportionately high and adverse climate-related impacts on disadvantaged communities.

With the increasing severity and number of large-scale disasters in recent years, that may in part be from climate change, it is essential to reevaluate the agency’s programs. These efforts may help to reduce unnecessary barriers to participation and effectiveness, to serve all communities, to increase equity and to promote preparedness and resilience.

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