IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
May 10, 2022
Mr. Portman (for himself and Ms. Sinema) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
To authorize preparedness programs to support communities containing technological hazards and emerging threats.
This Act may be cited as the
Technological Hazards Preparedness and Training Act of 2022.
In this Act:
The term Administrator means the Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
Indian Tribal Government
The term Indian Tribal government has the meaning given the term
Indian tribal government in section 102 of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. 5122).
Local Government; State
The terms local government and State have the meaning given those terms in section 102 of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. 5122).
Technological Hazard and Related Emerging Threat
The term technological hazard and related emerging threat—
means a hazard that involves materials created by humans that pose a unique hazard to the general public and environment and which may result from—
an emergency caused by another hazard; or
intentional use of the hazardous materials; and
includes a chemical, radiological, biological, and nuclear hazard.
Assistance and Training for Communities with Technological Hazards and Related Emerging Threats
The Administrator shall maintain the capacity to provide States and local governments with technological hazards and related emerging threats technical assistance, training, and other preparedness programming to build community resilience to technological hazards and related emerging threats.
The Administrator shall carry out subsection (a) in accordance with—
the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. 5121 et seq.);
section 1236 of the Disaster Recovery Reform Act of 2018 (42 U.S.C. 5196g); and
the Post-Katrina Emergency Management Reform Act of 2006 (Public Law 109–295; 120 Stat. 1394).
Assessment and notification
In carrying out subsection (a), the Administrator shall—
use any available and appropriate multi-hazard risk assessment and mapping tools and capabilities to identify the communities that have the highest risk of and vulnerability to a technological hazard in each State; and
ensure each State and Indian Tribal government is aware of—
the communities identified under paragraph (1); and
the availability of programming under this section for—
technological hazards and related emerging threats preparedness; and
building community capability.
Not later than 1 year after the date of enactment of this Act, and annually thereafter, the Administrator shall submit to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs of the Senate, the Committee on Appropriations of the Senate, the Committee on Homeland Security of the House of Representatives, the Committee on Appropriations of the House of Representatives, and the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure of the House of Representatives a report relating to—
actions taken to implement this section; and
technological hazards and related emerging threats preparedness programming provided under this section during the 1-year period preceding the date of submission of the report.
The Secretary of Homeland Security may seek continuing input relating to technological hazards and related emerging threats preparedness needs by consulting State, Tribal, Territorial, and local emergency services organizations and private sector stakeholders.
Authorization of Appropriations
There are authorized to be appropriated to carry out this Act $20,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2023 through 2024.