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WASHINGTON – In the lead up to yet another busy hurricane and forest fire season, the Biden government is doubling available funds to $ 1 billion to help states and communities prepare for extreme weather events.

The government on Monday announced the development of new climate data systems to help NASA understand and track the effects of climate change on communities.

“Now is the time to prepare for the busiest time of year for disaster in America,” said President Joe Biden during a visit to the Federal Emergency Management Agency. “Hurricane season in the south and east and fire season in the west.”

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicts that 13 to 20 named storms will develop during hurricane season, which begins June 1. This would be the sixth year in a row with above-average activity.

Over the past year, 30 named storms formed, including 14 hurricanes, seven of which were major hurricanes.

All of the 2020 weather and climate-related disasters combined cost communities in the United States nearly $ 100 billion, according to government figures.

The White House said it wants to shift the focus from “reactive disaster spending” to helping communities better prepare for the next hurricane, flood, or devastating fire.

According to the government, this also means investing in climate research to better understand extreme weather events.

“We all know these storms are coming,” said Biden. “We don’t have a moment to lose to prepare for 2021.”

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