Senator Michael O. Moore (D-Millbury) has been appointed to a Steering Committee for the Public Private Partnership on Disaster Mitigation and Recovery coordinated by the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL).

Over the next 18 months, the Committee, made up of legislators from across the country, key legislative staff, and private sector partners, will meet to develop new strategies for disaster prevention and recovery. Senator Moore, officially appointed to the Committee at the end of last month, possesses an array of emergency management experience including a law enforcement background that spans more than two decades.

“Recent natural disasters have highlighted the need for updated recovery plans and expanded efforts to reduce the likelihood of disasters in the first place,” said Senator Moore, who serves as Senate Chair of the Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security. “I’m looking forward to working with the Committee, and with my colleagues at the federal, state, and local levels to help design and promote better practices.”

In response to devastating wildfires, floods, and hurricanes in 2017 and 2018, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced it would shift its focus from post-disaster recovery to pre-disaster mitigation, and called on state and local leaders to take the lead on prevention efforts. The Disaster Mitigation and Recovery Steering Committee is a key component of these revised initiatives.

Senator Moore and his colleagues on the Committee will collaborate with NCSL to piece together information to help educate lawmakers across the country on policies and best practices. The Committee is set to begin its work later this month. For more information, visit www.ncsl.org.