Texans hope a storm like Hurricane Harvey will never come their way again. While there’s no way to guarantee this will happen, preparations can be made to help mitigate the damage and chaos caused by strong hurricanes. The Texas Senate has taken the monumental step of approving three separate bills that will help the state better prepare for natural disasters.
A Trio Of Hurricane Preparation Bills
Senate Bills 6, 7, and 8 will have a lasting impacting on natural disaster preparedness for years to come. Senate Bill 6 creates a disaster recovery blueprint for government officials. To achieve this, the state would require training from local officials to make sure they are capable of handling disaster preparation and recovery. Additionally, Senate Bill 6 would create a how-to guide for local officials that would allow them to improve after-storm response, including contracting for debris removal, obtaining federal funding, and building short- and long-term housing for displaced individuals.
The bills call for the creation of a disaster recovery blueprint for government officials, establishment of an “infrastructure resiliency fund,” and would require the state to update mapping techniques and develop a state flood plan every five years. To help prevent catastrophic damages like Texas saw from Hurricane Harvey, Senate Bill 7 would create the Texas Infrastructure Resiliency Fund. Money from this fund would help pay for floodplain management and other flood management projects. Finally, Senate Bill 8 would require the state to update its floodplain mapping techniques and create a state flood plan that is updated every five years. In addition, Senate Bill 8 would create sharing of flood prevention plans among municipalities to ensure they are not moving their flood mitigation programs to other municipalities.
Recovery After Harvey
While the new Senate Bills will help prevent devastation like Texas saw during Hurricane Harvey, they unfortunately were badly needed before Hurricane Harvey came ashore in August 2017. Although it’s been over a year and a half since Hurricane Harvey, many people are still rebuilding. While property owners whose homes were flooded by the Addicks and Barker reservoirs are awaiting their lawsuits against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to be resolved, other property owners are having their Hurricane Harvey claims wrongfully denied by insurance companies. All this has contributed to a slow recovery, but Raizner Law is here to help. We are representing Hurricane Harvey victims in a variety of lawsuits as they work to rebuild. Contact us today for a free consultation to see how we can help.