The White House announced on Monday that the Biden administration is doubling federal funding to better prepare for hurricanes and other severe weather events and asking NASA to collect more climate data. The announcement came ahead of Biden’s visit Monday to Federal Emergency Management Agency headquarters to receive a briefing on the 2021 Atlantic hurricane season.

During the FEMA visit, Biden outlined $1 billion in added funding to help communities prepare for severe weather and other disasters. The money will shift the federal focus from “reactive disaster spending” to research-supported community preparedness. The money will go to the Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities program that helps areas prepare in advance for natural disasters, such as hurricanes and wildfires. A portion of the money will focus on disadvantaged areas.

NASA will also launch a new mission for an Earth System Observatory to better understand and track how climate change is impacting weather and communities.

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