WASHINGTON –President Obama recently announced the National Disaster Resilience Competition, a year-long contest in which applicants vie for $1 billion in disaster relief money for events that took place between 2011 and 2013, according to a White House press release.

All 48 states with declared major disasters during the given time period, as well as 19 areas of local government, are eligible to compete.

The competition asks applicants to propose plans for ways to rebuild affected areas while preparing for future weather catastrophes and climate change.

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“In some parts of the country, weather-related disasters like droughts, and fires, and storms, and floods are going to get harsher and they’re going to get costlier,” President Obama said during the announcement. “So it’s a big problem.  But progress, no matter how big the problem, is possible.”

For the full press release and for more information, please click here.

To read the speech in which the president announced the contest, please click here.