House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee Advances FEMA Reauthorization Bill

Posted on: November 1st, 2013 by NADO Admin

On October 29, the FEMA Reauthorization Act of 2013 (H.R. 3300 (http://hdl NULL.loc NULL.gov/loc NULL.uscongress/legislation NULL.113hr3300)) passed the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee (http://transportation NULL.house NULL.gov/) by voice vote, and now heads to the full House of Representatives for further consideration. This bill would reauthorize the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Administration (http://www NULL.fema NULL.gov/) (FEMA) through FY16 at $972 million per year, which is level with current funding. The bill makes three minor changes to the current authorization, including:

  • Authorization of the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS) (http://www NULL.fema NULL.gov/integrated-public-alert-warning-system) at $12 million per year. IPAWS provides federal, state, territorial, tribal, and local alerting authorities with an effective way to coordinate alerts and warn the public about serious emergencies. The authorization would outline the system’s requirements and capabilities, provide a clear framework for development of IPAWS, and ensure all stakeholders have a clear method to provide input through a temporary advisory committee.
  • Reauthorization of the Urban Search and Rescue (US&R) Response System (http://www NULL.fema NULL.gov/urban-search-rescue) at $35 million per year. The reauthorization would codify the system in statute and clarify liabilities and compensation issues for those instances when the USAR teams are federalized to respond to disasters outside their jurisdiction.
  • Reauthorization of the Emergency Management Assistance Compacts (EMAC) Grants (http://www NULL.fema NULL.gov/pdf/emergency/nrf/EMACoverviewForNRF NULL.pdf) at $2 million per year. EMAC offers assistance during governor-declared states of emergency through a system that allows states to share personnel, equipment, and commodities to help disaster relief efforts in other states.
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