TOMS RIVER - An organization that wants a federal fund set up to pay for measures to protect communities against future catastrophic storm damage met at Ocean County College Friday.

The group, called U.S. Strong, believes it is cheaper to spend money on preparations and to manage natural resources, than to cover the costs of storm damage.

"It makes sense to spend money on hardening infrastructure, on softening shorelines, on dealing with flood issues now so that we can prepare for the next storm," says Lauren Townsend.

The group is pressing Congress for a federal fund to cover extreme weather relief and protection.