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Good afternoon Chairwoman Stevens. I would like to thank you and Chairwoman Fletcher for holding this joint hearing today on the National Windstorm Impact Reduction Program (NWIRP).
As a son of Oklahoma, where - the wind comes sweepin’ down the plain - efforts to reduce the loss of life and property from windstorms is of extreme importance to my family, friends, and neighbors. Oklahoma is part of an area of the midwest called “tornado alley.” Over the past 10 years, tornados have caused an average financial loss of over $10 billion per year.
Thank you for holding this hearing, Chairwoman Stevens and Chairwoman Fletcher.
I appreciate this committee’s focus on improving forecasting the effects of severe weather events this Congress. Today’s hearing builds on our previous work and examines how we can translate the knowledge gained from improved forecasts and use that to help our constituents better prepare for severe weather events – wind damage in this case.
Good afternoon Chairwoman Stevens and Chairwoman Fletcher. Thank you both for holding this joint hearing today.
I look forward to hearing about the progress the National Windstorm Impact Reduction Program (NWIRP) has made since its reauthorization in 2015.
Millions of Americans live in areas vulnerable to hurricanes, tornadoes and other windstorms.
Due to shifts in population, more than 50 percent of Americans now live on a coast or in tornado alley.
Americans today are more vulnerable than ever to severe weather events.
Republican Members of the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee, led by Ranking Member Frank Lucas (R-OK), sent a letter to Committee Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson today calling for a renewed focus on critical scientific and technological challenges needed to maintain American competitiveness.
Thank you, Chairwoman Fletcher, for holding today’s hearing.
I’ve said before that the continued improvement of weather forecasting is one of the most important topics in this committee’s jurisdiction. Accurate forecasting not only helps our businesses make strategic plans, but it helps us to protect lives and properties during severe weather events. We need an accurate and trustworthy system.
Thank you for holding this hearing, Chairwoman Fletcher. I want to thank our witnesses for appearing before the subcommittee, especially Dr. Jacobs who is in front of the Committee for the third time this Congress, and all of you on the panel for sharing your perspectives.
Weather prediction is something that affects the constituents of every Member up here. From the fields of Kansas to the Outer Banks of North Carolina, anticipating the strength and conditions of the next weather event can save lives and property.
Thank you, Madam Chairwoman, and thank you to our witnesses for being here today.
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