WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden says he's doubling U.S. emergency spending to help communities prepare for hurricanes and other extreme weather events.

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Biden traveled to FEMA headquarters in Washington on Monday to get an update on preparations for the hurricane season.

The $1 billion in U.S. emergency spending is a small fraction of what the U.S. spends on weather-related disasters.

Last year, disasters, including wildfires, hurricanes and snowstorms, had a cumulative price tag of nearly $100 billion.

2021 has already had significant storms that caused a deadly blackout in Texas and other states and underscore the damage caused by climate change.

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