2019 Senate Joint Resolution 25
Relating to: recognizing September 1 to 7, 2019, as Resiliency Week.
Whereas, hazard mitigation is the effort to reduce loss of life and property by lessening the impact of disasters. It is most effective when implemented under a comprehensive, long-term mitigation plan; and
Whereas, the Pre-Disaster Mitigation Grant Program, administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, is designed to assist states and local communities in implementing a sustained pre-disaster natural hazard mitigation program; and
Whereas, federal legislation recently enacted, the Disaster Recovery Reform Act, makes available new dollars for states and communities to undertake pre-disaster mitigation measures and creates new incentives for states to build resiliently; and
Whereas, since 1908, natural disasters have cost the country more than one trillion dollars; and
Whereas, disasters affect the local and state economies in lost payrolls, lost sales and income tax, and increased disaster recovery times; and
Whereas, according to a FEMA commissioned study conducted by the National Institute of Building Sciences, every $1 spent on hazard mitigation provides the nation with $6 in future benefits; and
Whereas, 25 percent of small businesses that are impacted by a natural disaster never reopen their doors; and
Whereas, September is National Preparedness Month and Wisconsin Preparedness Month in recognition of the need for all Americans to prepare and plan for recovery after a disaster; and
Whereas, mitigation planning is a key process used to break the cycle of disaster damage, reconstruction, and repeated damage; and
Whereas, effective pre-disaster mitigation reduces the demand for relief services on volunteer organizations such as disaster rescue and recovery teams, along with food banks and homeless shelters who serve our communities by changing their operations to provide additional services to those affected by disaster; and
Whereas, this legislative body honors the brave men and women who, as first responders, selflessly provide aid in a disaster to safeguard Wisconsin citizens; and
Whereas, this legislative body encourages Wisconsin communities to build resiliently and develop long-range mitigation strategies for protecting people and property from future hazard events; now, therefore, be it
Resolved by the senate, the assembly concurring, That the Wisconsin Legislature declares the week of September 1 to 7, 2019, as Resiliency Week to raise public awareness about the continuing need to plan for future disasters by instituting a pre-disaster mitigation strategy.