H.R. 6566 (112th): Mass Fatality Planning and Religious Considerations Act

112th Congress, 2011–2013. Text as of Sep 28, 2012 (Introduced).

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112th CONGRESS

2d Session

H. R. 6566

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

September 28, 2012

introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, and in addition to the Committee on Homeland Security, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned

A BILL

To amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to require the Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency to provide guidance and coordination for mass fatality planning, and for other purposes.

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Short title

This Act may be cited as the Mass Fatality Planning and Religious Considerations Act.

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Findings

Congress finds the following:

(1)

Emergency preparedness often plans for how to prepare and provide for survivors of a natural disaster, act of terrorism, or other man-made disaster, but fails to plan for how to prepare for and respond to mass fatalities that result from such an incident.

(2)

Funeral homes, cemeteries, and mortuaries could be overwhelmed should mass fatalities arise from a natural disaster, act of terrorism, or other man-made disaster.

(3)

Different religions have different customs surrounding death; for example, the Jewish and Muslim religions call for burial of the deceased not later than 48 hours after death.

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Preparedness for mass fatalities resulting from a natural disaster, act of terrorism, or other man-made disaster

Section 504 of the Homeland Security Act of 2002 (6 U.S.C. 314) is amended by adding at the end the following new subsection:

(c)

Preparedness for mass fatalities

In carrying out this section, the Administrator shall provide guidance to and coordinate with appropriate individuals, including representatives from different communities, private sector businesses, non-profit organizations, and religious organizations, to prepare for and respond to a natural disaster, act of terrorism, or other man-made disaster that results in mass fatalities.

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