Senators Moran and Schatz introduce bill to protect military bases from extreme weather

April 14, 2019 - 5:54 am

Two Senators have introduced bi-partisan legislation to protect military bases from extreme weather events. 

Kansas Senator Jerry Moran and Democratic Senator Brian Schatz of Hawaii brought a bill to the floor of the Senate to ensure military bases are ready for any potential disasters and changes in environmental conditions.

“Building upon the success of our legislation to increase military installation resilience for bases vulnerable to flood damage that was included in the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act, we must make certain that servicemembers are equipped to face the potential impacts of natural disasters on our military bases,” Moran said in a news release. “Our bipartisan READINESS Act would ensure that military facilities across our country have plans and infrastructure in place that take environmental threats into consideration, allowing for continued operations during severe weather conditions.”

Moran says the plans would be reviewed every five years by service secretaries.

In the last eight months, Tyndall Air Force Base in Florida, Camp Lejeune in North Carolina and Offutt Air Force Base in Omaha, Nebraska, have been severely damaged by hurricanes and flooding.

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