Koon To Testify Before US House Transportation And Infrastructure Subcommittee

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News Release: Florida Division of Emergency Management

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The Florida Division of Emergency Management (FDEM) announced FDEM Director Bryan W. Koon will testify tomorrow before members of the United States Congress during a hearing of the Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management subcommittee.

Director Koon, who also serves as vice-president of the National Emergency Management Association (NEMA), will testify on behalf of the organization to present the emergency management community’s perspective on how disaster mitigation reduces the impact of a disaster. Director Koon will also address some of the mitigation efforts that the state of Florida has enacted – particularly in the areas affected by changes to the National Flood Insurance Policy (NFIP).

“We can never completely eliminate the hazards posed by events such as hurricanes and flooding,” said Koon. “Proper mitigation strategies prepare communities for these types of disasters and have proven to reduce the financial damage caused by them.”

In addition to Director Koon, the witness list includes the following:

  • Mr. David Miller, Associate Administrator for the Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

  • The Honorable Linda Langston, Supervisor, Linn County, Iowa; President, National Association of Counties

  • Mr. Chad Berginnis, Executive Director, Association of State Floodplain Managers

For additional information about severe weather in Florida, and to Get A Plan, visit www.FloridaDisaster.org, Follow FDEM on social media on Twitter at @FLSERT, Instagram @FloridaSERT, Vine @FloridaSERT, Pinterest FloridaSERT and Facebook at www.Facebook.com/FloridaSERT and www.Facebook.com/KidsGetAPlan.


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