Port activity was interrupted in Texas after the devastating Hurricane Harvey, a reminder for all U.S. ports to prepare for natural disasters.
"There are monies that are going to be directed to those ports for assistance," said Mario Cordero, executive director of The Port of Long Beach, referring to funds from FEMA, or the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
Lou Anne Bynum, the Port of Long Beach Board Harbor Commission President, said a priority for the Long Beach port is investing in infrastructure and preparing for natural disasters.
An infrastructure bill from the Trump administration should help buoy spending on port security.
"Trade begins at the local port," Cordero said, adding that there are short-term alternatives to ports, such as air travel for lighter cargo.
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