Ahead of Wildfire Season, Rosen Visits Reno Forecast Station to Discuss with National Weather Service, State and Local Emergency Response Staff How to Best Support Local Communities

RENO, NV – Today, U.S. Senator Jacky Rosen (D-NV) visited the National Weather Station in Reno, where she met with National Weather Service personnel, scientific experts, and local and state emergency response staff to discuss how to support local communities ahead of this year’s wildfire season. They also highlighted the ways local, state, and federal entities work together to respond to extreme weather events as Northern Nevada faces floods, snowstorms, fires, high winds, and extreme heat.

“Nevada is facing more frequent extreme weather events like floods and wildfires as a result of the climate crisis,” said Senator Rosen. “The work the National Weather Service in Reno is doing in partnership with local governments and research institutions to monitor extreme weather and keep Nevadans informed is critical for the safety of our communities. I was pleased to meet with staff and experts today to discuss their efforts, particularly as we head into wildfire season. I’ll keep working across the aisle to secure the federal resources that Nevada needs to deal with extreme weather and climate change.”

In the face of worsening natural disasters, Senator Rosen is ensuring Nevadans have access to federal resources to stay safe. Following last year’s winter storms, she called on the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency to utilize all tools and powers at its disposal to assist Nevada farmers and ranchers impacted by extreme weather. Senator Rosen also successfully pushed President Biden to provide more resources and issue a Major Disaster Declaration for Nevada in the wake of this series of severe winter storms. She also urged the Federal Emergency Management Agency to provide federal assistance to address extreme heat in Nevada. In addition, Rosen joined her colleagues in asking the White House for federal funds to help Nevada fight wildfires and extreme drought.