The Federal Emergency Management Agency, also known as FEMA, now has the option to deny a state funding if they do not have global warming plans in place. In short, it is now required for all states to show their loyalty to the global warming cause. If states have different opinions regarding global warming, it could financially impact the resources available to them in case of a natural disaster. The update requires states to incorporate global warming into the state preparedness plans. The FEMA Climate Change Adaption Policy states:
“While the scope, severity, and pace of future climate change impacts are difficult to predict,
it is clear that potential changes could affect our Agency’s ability to fulfill its mission. The
challenges posed by climate change, such as more intense storms, frequent heavy
precipitation, heat waves, drought, extreme flooding, and higher sea levels could
significantly alter the types and magnitudes of hazards faced by communities and the
emergency management professionals serving them.”
The update to the policy does not affect the Federal relief funding. The main source of impact will be on the level of state governments. This new update may cause potential conflicts between the different level of governments across the country.