H. R. 6048
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
June 7, 2018
Ms. Velázquez introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
To require a study and report on matters concerning best practices in mortality counts as a result of a major disaster.
This Act may be cited as the
Counting Our Unexpected Natural Tragedies’ Victims Act of 2018 or the
COUNT Victims Act.
Study and report
Not later than September 30, 2018, the Administrator of Federal Emergency Management Agency shall enter into a contract with the National Academy of Medicine to conduct a study and prepare a report as described in subsection (b).
Study and report
The study described in this subsection shall be a study of matters concerning best practices in mortality counts as a result of a major disaster (as defined in section 102 of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. 5122)).
The study described in this subsection shall address approaches to quantifying mortality and significant morbidity among populations affected by major disasters, to include best practices and policy recommendations for—
equitable and timely attribution, in order to, among other things, facilitate access to available benefits;
timely prospective tracking of population levels of mortality and significant morbidity, and their causes, in order to continuously inform response efforts; and
retrospective study of disaster-related mortality and significant morbidity to inform after-action analysis and improve subsequent preparedness efforts.
Not later than 2 years after the date on which the contract described in subsection (a) is entered into, the National Academy of Medicine shall complete and transmit to the Administrator of Federal Emergency Management Agency a report on the study described in paragraph (1).
Authorization of appropriations
There are authorized to be appropriated to carry out this section $2,000,000 for fiscal years 2018 through 2020.