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Dozens of Groups Push FEMA to Recognize Extreme Heat as a ‘Major Disaster’

Posted on AllSides June 17th, 2024
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Dozens of environmental, labor and health care groups banded together on Monday to file a petition to push the Federal Emergency Management Agency to declare extreme heat and wildfire smoke as “major disasters,” like floods and tornadoes.

The petition is a major push to get the federal government to help states and local communities that are straining under the growing costs of climate change.

If accepted, the petition could unlock FEMA funds to help localities prepare for heat waves and wildfire smoke by building cooling centers or installing air filtration...

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https://www.nytimes.com/2024/06/17/climate/labor-unions-fema-disaster-relief.html

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