Hampton Roads and Virginia Beach are at high risk of catastrophic flooding and hurricane threats. Virginia is where Louisiana was prior to Hurricane Katrina and we are woefully unprepared; the time for action is now. If we do nothing the economic devastation to our region would measure in the billions of dollars and potentially thousands of lives lost. That is why I'm continuing to champion legislation and initiatives to tackle both flooding and hurricane preparedness in Richmond
In 2017, I carried legislation regarding the National Flood Insurance Program that requires the Secretary of Natural Resources to issue a report by November 1, 2018, listing any locality not participating in the Community Rating System of the National Flood Insurance Program and recommending any legislation necessary to encourage participation, which would lower flood premiums for our homeowners. I'm proud that this legislation passed with bipartisan support and was signed into law.
Finally, I'm am championing the Hurricane and Flooding Risk Reduction Act of 2017. Rather than wait for the next storm, this legislation is aimed at organizing state government now, rather than after a catastrophic flooding event, to prepare and tackle the host of flooding issues we face in our region. This bill establishes the Commonwealth as a Nonfederal Sponsor of Hurricane and Flooding Risk Reduction Projects. The bill also establishes the Virginia Hurricane and Flooding Risk Reduction Authority, a Board of Directors for that Authority, and a Governor's Advisory Commission on Hurricane and Flooding Risk Reduction. This legislation is critical for Hampton Roads and Virginia Beach as flooding continues to impact our neighborhoods and quality of life.