While snow pounded Philadelphia for the second time this week, Mayor Nutter was at the White House talking about how Philadelphia and other cities can be best prepared to deal with such storms.

Nutter was invited to be part of the State, Local, and Tribal Leaders Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience to advise the Obama administration on how the federal government can respond to cities experiencing extreme weather and impacts of climate change. The group's first meeting was Tuesday.

Storms such as the ones Sunday and Tuesday raise the question of whether Philadelphia is prepared to deal with such extreme weather, city spokesman Mark McDonald said.

"Part of the issue to look at is disaster recovery," McDonald said. "How do we recover from that? How do we fund that?"

The task force members, which were chosen by the Obama administration in November, were to discuss their experiences in implementing climate preparedness measures in their respective cities and begin to consider recommendations for the administration.

The task force "will provide recommendations to the President on removing barriers to resilient investments, modernizing Federal grant and loan programs to better support local efforts, and developing the information and tools they need to prepare," according to a White House statement.

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