natural disasters

36 petitions

Started 2 weeks ago

Petition to The Hawaii Federal Delegation

Increase Relief Funds for Farmers from the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program

We appreciate the hard work that U.S. Senator Mazie Hirono, Brian Schatz, Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, and Colleen Hanabusa for assisting farmers in regards to the lava disaster, and their continued support in this effort. 2018 has been a devastating year for families, impacted by a lava disaster. The Kilauea Volcano erupted May 2, spewing lava that destroyed 715 homes, also inundated (or made inaccessible) were 3,385 parcels, which affected a total of 17,900 acres. Hawaii Island has endured lava flows, earthquakes, toxic gases, volcanic ash, Pele's hair, thick vog and laze, water contamination, and wildfires, all this has impacted homes and businesses indiscriminately. The forecasted cost to complete a long-term recovery is projected as a staggering amount of $689,828,500. Big Island farmers have been particularly hard hit by this lava flow. Acidic gases also severely affected crops over a much larger area than lava flows. Farmers are crucial to the local economy and play a vital role in preserving agriculture lands. Keeping farmers in business is essential to the goal of food sustainability, without help many of our farms will not survive. There is a solution to help farmers keep farming. Programs are available at the federal level to assist farmers who have experienced exceptional damage from a natural disaster. They are monies already allocated for farmers but haven’t been fully accessed due to maximum payment limitations (CAP). Federal funding is available under a program in the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), called the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP). NAP provides assistance for crop losses when commercial crop insurance is not available. Currently, there is a cap on how much relief funds can be released to farmers, which means a farmer that had 10 million dollars of crop damage will receive the same amount of relief as a farmer who had 250 thousand dollars of crop damage. The CAP on NAP doesn’t adequately address the size of a farm and the extent of damage that was done to the farmer’s business. Although the maximum relief of $125,000 is not an insignificant amount of assistance for farmers, it doesn’t compare to expenditures for clearing, replanting, fencing, loss of inventory, infrastructure, and labor that it takes to recover from this disaster. Unfortunately, these relief funds to farmers are further reduced by 6.6% due to sequestration requirements to offset the Federal deficit. Lifting the cap on NAP will keep farmers farming in the future. If the cap is lifted, the relief funds a farmer can receive will help reduce future challenges of recovery and to start farming again. The need to lift the cap on NAP is nothing new. The cap was previously lifted for farmers that were affected by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Maria, and other hurricanes and wildfires occurring in the calendar year of 2017 that provided relief funds for Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Legislative language was added in the H.R.1892 - Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 to lift the cap on the NAP, which later became law on February 09, 2018. This cap has been lifted in the past under similar catastrophic circumstances. It’s time to do it again and help farmers on Hawaii Island.

Farming Forward Hawaii (FFH)
35 supporters
Started 4 weeks ago

Petition to Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Future Mayor of Chicago

Keep Chicago Safe from large-scale disasters!

In recent years weather patterns have shifted, water pipes are poisoning citizens, and extreme weather-related incidents are on the rise! These incidents should alarm us all. All cities should have the personnel and resources to ensure the safety of their residents. Chicago, unfortunately, is not one of those cities! The large metropolitan town has over 2 million residents. It has 11 Emergency Managers, 75 ambulances, and only 6 Level 1 trauma centers. Chicago lacks the resources and personnel needed to help its residents during a large-scale incident. The city has repeatedly promised to produce an Emergency Operation Plan that would instruct residents on how to deal with various incidents: terrorist attacks, natural disasters, and evacuations. Private and public institutions understand the importance of an Emergency Operation Plan and have begun to implement them to deal with various incidents. School shootings and terrorist attacks being their primary focus. We are asking Mayor Rahm Emmanuel and the incoming Mayor of Chicago to help keep Chicago safe from large-scale incidents. On a Macrolevel, the City of Chicago should: Hire more Emergency Managers Ensure that the city has more ambulances Encourage hospitals become level 1 trauma centers Ensure that the city has a current - frequently updated - Emergency Operations plan that educates residents on how to proceed during large-scale incidents. On a Microlevel, the City of Chicago should: Create Permeable Alleys Restore Wetlands or Reservoirs beneath parks Encourage farmers to research drought tolerant plants. The City of Chicago should be prepared for any large or medium-scale incident. We hope that Mayor Emmanuel & the future Mayor, the city’s residents, alderwomen & men, and the states representative encourage a change in how we manage the city’s safety by implementing the above suggestions. Photo Credit: Katherine Nagasawa/WBEZ

Clance Cook
7 supporters
Started 1 month ago

Petition to U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives

Award the Cajun Navy the Congressional Gold Medal

The "Cajun Navy" has worked tirelessly over the last few years to help tens of thousands of people who have been pummeled by some of the worst storms in American history. This volunteer group of private boat owners have put their lives on the line to help people in need during natural disasters. They helped rescue survivors in Texas in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. They worked directly with politicians to rescue victims of Hurricane Irma in Florida. And just this month they traveled to North Carolina to be on the frontlines during Hurricane Florence, rescuing countless people as flood waters and torrential storm conditions hit communities in the Carolinas hard. Last year President Trump called out the work of the "Cajun Navy" during his State of the Union address. Now it's time to go one step further, and honor this volunteer group of heroes with one of the highest civilian honors in the country -- the Congressional Gold Medal. Sign this petition to support honoring the "Cajun Navy" with the Congressional Gold Medal. Previous recipients of this honor include the Native American Code Talkers, the Tuskegee Airmen, Billy Graham, and the Women Airforce Service Pilots, among dozens of other men, women and groups who have made a direct impact on American history. What better way to honor a group that has literally saved thousands of American citizens in times of need than by giving them one of the nation's highest civilian honors? Let's ask Congress to hold up the work the "Cajun Navy" has done during these last few years and continues to do each and every year during natural disasters. Their work can be life-saving, and Congress has a unique moment to thank these folks for volunteering to save their neighbors from floods, hurricanes, tropical storms and more.

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