H.R. 1665 requires the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to give greater weight and consideration to severe localized impact when making a recommendation to the President for a major disaster declaration.
Under current law, FEMA considers the extent of both statewide and localized damage when determining whether to recommend that the President issue a major disaster declaration. This legislation would require the Administrator to give greater weight to the impact on such areas before a recommendation is made.
The summary below was written by the Congressional Research Service, which is a nonpartisan division of the Library of Congress, and was published on May 3, 2017.
(This measure has not been amended since it was reported to the House on April 28, 2017. The summary of that version is repeated here.)
Disaster Declaration Improvement Act
(Sec. 2) This bill directs the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), in making recommendations to the President regarding a major disaster declaration, to give greater weight and consideration to severe local impact or recent multiple disasters.