Local Law Enforcement & Disaster Assistance
Keeping Americans safe in their communities and during natural disasters and emergencies is an important duty. During the 114th Congress, we are continuing our efforts to provide our first responders the resources and training they need to do their jobs and improve our ability to prepare and respond to disasters.
In August 2014, southeast Michigan experienced record rainfall that led to some of the worst flooding seen in years. President Obama issued a major disaster declaration for Macomb, Oakland, and Wayne counties. The flooding caused more than $1.1 billion in damage in the area, and the disaster declaration provided Federal Emergency Management (FEMA) assistance for individuals and households in the affected areaa.
We never know when a major disaster or emergency will hit, but every household should be prepared. Visit ready.gov to learn what measures to take before, during, and after an emergency. Ready.gov has resources to help you make a plan, build a kit, and know your risks.
Our local police, firefighters, and those who serve in the National Guard are the front lines in our fight to secure our communities. We must be diligent in ensuring all of our law enforcement agencies have the latest technology, equipment and resources they need, which is why I am a long-time supporter of funding for local police departments.
By strengthening the federal commitment to public safety, we provide state and local law enforcement the ability to hire new officers, acquire up-to-date crime fighting technology, combat violence against women, and fight internet crimes against children.
We never know when a major natural disaster or emergency will strike, but every household should be prepared. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) helps local communities in the aftermath of a natural disaster or emergency.
Emergency Preparedness and Response
In border states like Michigan, it is especially important that our first responders have the ability and means to communicate to prepare for and appropriately respond to a disaster, natural or man-made. It is therefore critical that we provide them with the tools to communicate seamlessly and the resources to get the job done.
Advances in technology for first responders greatly benefit our communities: police officers, firefighters, and medical technicians are able to do their jobs more efficiently and respond more quickly to emergency situations; local governments save money thanks to improved efficiency and technology sharing across communities; and our communities are safer and better-served.
(Updated April 13, 2016)