US announces nearly $2 billion for climate resilience programs

(Context, 12 Oct 2023) The U.S. administration is trying to help communities get ahead of climate-related impacts by preparing in advance.

The U.S. federal government is to announce on Thursday the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will make nearly $2 billion of new money available through two programs intended to boost resilience to the effects of climate-related disasters.

The funding comes as climate change drives more intense storms, flooding and wildfires across the United States, where this year there have already been at least 24 such events resulting in losses of more than $1 billion each, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

The two programs FEMA is funding are Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC), which funds projects providing protection from the effects of climate change, and the Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) program, which targets projects that cut flood risk.

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Context, 12 Oct 2023: US announces nearly $2 billion for climate resilience programs