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S. 4166: Technological Hazards Preparedness and Training Act of 2022


The text of the bill below is as of May 10, 2022 (Introduced).


II

117th CONGRESS

2d Session

S. 4166

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

May 10, 2022

(for himself and Ms. Sinema) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs

A BILL

To authorize preparedness programs to support communities containing technological hazards and emerging threats.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Technological Hazards Preparedness and Training Act of 2022.

2.

Definitions

In this Act:

(1)

Administrator

The term Administrator means the Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

(2)

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).

(3)

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).

(4)

Technological Hazard and Related Emerging Threat

The term technological hazard and related emerging threat

(A)

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—

(i)

an accident;

(ii)

an emergency caused by another hazard; or

(iii)

intentional use of the hazardous materials; and

(B)

includes a chemical, radiological, biological, and nuclear hazard.

3.

Assistance and Training for Communities with Technological Hazards and Related Emerging Threats

(a)

In general

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.

(b)

Authorities

The Administrator shall carry out subsection (a) in accordance with—

(1)

the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. 5121 et seq.);

(2)

section 1236 of the Disaster Recovery Reform Act of 2018 (42 U.S.C. 5196g); and

(3)

the Post-Katrina Emergency Management Reform Act of 2006 (Public Law 109–295; 120 Stat. 1394).

(c)

Assessment and notification

In carrying out subsection (a), the Administrator shall—

(1)

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

(2)

ensure each State and Indian Tribal government is aware of—

(A)

the communities identified under paragraph (1); and

(B)

the availability of programming under this section for—

(i)

technological hazards and related emerging threats preparedness; and

(ii)

building community capability.

(d)

Report

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—

(1)

actions taken to implement this section; and

(2)

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.

(e)

Consultation

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.

4.

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.