H. R. 5825
IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
July 28, 2010
Received; read twice and referred to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
To review, update, and revise the factors to measure the severity, magnitude, and impact of a disaster and to evaluate the need for assistance to individuals and households.
This Act may be cited as the
Multi-State Disaster Relief
Individual assistance factors
In order to provide more objective criteria for evaluating the need for assistance to individuals and households and to speed a declaration of a major disaster or emergency under the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. 5121 et seq.), not later than one year after the date of enactment of this Act, the Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (referred to in this Act as the Administrator), in cooperation with representatives of State and local emergency management agencies, shall review, update, and revise through rulemaking the factors considered under section 206.48(b) of title 44, Code of Federal Regulations, to measure the severity, magnitude, and impact of a disaster.
Consideration of a contiguous county
In reviewing, updating, and revising the factors referenced in subsection (a) the Administrator shall include as a factor whether a contiguous county in an adjacent state has been designated in a major disaster or emergency as a result of the same incident.
Not later than 3 months after the date of enactment of this Act, the Administrator shall submit to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs of the Senate a report on the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s current regulations, policies, procedures, and practices on—
recommending major disaster or emergency declarations in order to provide assistance to individuals and households; and
making post-declaration designations of the need for assistance to individuals and households in a county that is contiguous to a State that has received a major disaster or emergency declaration for the same incident.
Passed the House of Representatives July 27, 2010.
Lorraine C. Miller,