Sarbanes, Cardin, Van Hollen, Hoyer Announce More Than $1 Million for Maryland Disaster Resiliency Projects

August 16, 2019
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today joined U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen, along with Congressman Steny Hoyer (all D-Md.), in announcing more than $1 million in federal funding for two disaster resiliency research projects in Maryland through the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

The University of Maryland will receive $550,000 and Jensen Hughes will receive $493,000 for research related to the risks of fire with different materials. These projects are two of twelve awarded nationwide to inform more resilient building designs, codes and standards by improving our understanding of how earthquakes, wind and fire affect structures.

“Maryland is on the leading edge of designing and developing infrastructure that will improve public safety across our country,” said Congressman Sarbanes. “By investing in resiliency research, we can help communities better withstand the stress of natural disasters.”

“Reducing the impact of disasters on our infrastructure will save lives and improve public safety, lessen the likelihood of environmental degradation and decrease costs for our businesses and community organizations,” said Senator Cardin. “I am confident that these Maryland institutions will produce high-quality research to work toward that goal.”

“As climate change increases the threat of extreme weather, we must ensure that our buildings and infrastructure are able to withstand whatever comes their way. This investment will ultimately better prepare communities for natural disasters, allow families and businesses to recover more quickly and save lives,” said Senator Van Hollen. “Maryland institutions are at the cutting-edge of this research, and I will keep working in Congress to ensure we have the resources necessary to keep our families safe and protect our communities.”

“Climate change is bringing more frequent and more severe natural disasters, which means we need to build to twenty-first century standards that ensure our communities are more resilient in the face of hurricanes, earthquakes and wildfires,” said Congressman Hoyer. “That has been a focus of mine in the Congress, and I’m pleased that these disaster resiliency research projects will receive this critical funding to examine how we can build communities to ensure they can better withstand natural disasters. This is critically important to the safety, livelihoods and well-being of families throughout our state and across the nation.”

NIST promotes U.S. innovation and industrial competitiveness by advancing measurement science, standards and technology in ways that enhance economic security and improve our quality of life. NIST is a nonregulatory agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce. To learn more about NIST, visit