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 Decade: 2000-2009
 Year: 2005
 Collection: Congressional Research Service Reports
Disaster Evacuation and Displacement Policy: Issues for Congress

Disaster Evacuation and Displacement Policy: Issues for Congress

Date: September 2, 2005
Creator: Bea, Keith
Description: The devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina reaches beyond the borders of the states directly affected by the wind, rain, and floods. Before the storm reached the coast, thousands of residents of Louisiana and Mississippi evacuated to other states, including Texas and Oklahoma. Many people, for a variety of reasons, chose to disregard the mandatory evacuation orders issued by state and local officials. In general, evacuation policy is set and enforced by state and local officials. Federal policy provides for various aspects of civilian evacuation. As Members of Congress explore the challenges and losses in the states affected directly or indirectly by Hurricane Katrina, they may be called upon to consider federal policy options to more fully integrate federal and state authorities.
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Legislative Initiatives to Temporarily Relocate Federal Courts Interrupted by Natural or Man-Made Disasters, 109th Congress

Legislative Initiatives to Temporarily Relocate Federal Courts Interrupted by Natural or Man-Made Disasters, 109th Congress

Date: September 8, 2005
Creator: Petersen, R. Eric
Description: None
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Urban Search and Rescue Task Forces: Facts and Issues

Urban Search and Rescue Task Forces: Facts and Issues

Date: January 10, 2005
Creator: Bea, Keith
Description: None
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Continuity of Congress: Enacted and Proposed Federal Statutes for Expedited Election to the House in Extraordinary Circumstances

Continuity of Congress: Enacted and Proposed Federal Statutes for Expedited Election to the House in Extraordinary Circumstances

Date: August 9, 2005
Creator: Petersen, R. Eric & Richardson, Sula P
Description: This report is one of several CRS products related to congressional continuity and contingency planning.
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Bankruptcy Relief and Natural Disaster Victims

Bankruptcy Relief and Natural Disaster Victims

Date: September 14, 2005
Creator: Jeweler, Robin
Description: In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, many have questioned whether implementing the new procedures of the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act (BAPCPA), P.L. 109-8, scheduled to go into effect on October 17, 2005, should be delayed. This report considers whether bankruptcy law in general, and the BAPCPA in particular, may present unique challenges to financial recovery for those whose life, livelihood, and/or home have been damaged or destroyed.
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Tsunamis and Earthquakes: Is Federal Disaster Insurance in Our Future?

Tsunamis and Earthquakes: Is Federal Disaster Insurance in Our Future?

Date: April 6, 2005
Creator: King, Rawle O
Description: None
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Income Tax Relief in Times of Disaster

Income Tax Relief in Times of Disaster

Date: September 9, 2005
Creator: Jackson, Pamela J
Description: None
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Hurricanes and Disaster Risk Financing Through Insurance: Challenges and Policy Options

Hurricanes and Disaster Risk Financing Through Insurance: Challenges and Policy Options

Date: March 25, 2005
Creator: King, Rawle O
Description: None
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The Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC): An Overview

The Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC): An Overview

Date: January 10, 2005
Creator: Bea, Keith
Description: The Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC) is an agreement among member states to provide assistance after disasters overwhelm a state’s capacity to manage the consequences. The compact, initiated by the states and coordinated by the National Emergency Management Association, provides a structure for requesting emergency assistance from party states. EMAC also resolves some, but not all, potential legal and administrative obstacles that may hinder such assistance. EMAC also enhances state preparedness for terrorist attacks by ensuring the availability of resources for fast response and facilitating multi-state cooperation in training activities and preparedness exercises. Congress approved EMAC as an interstate compact in 1996 (P.L. 104-321).
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Emergency Communications: The Emergency Alert System (EAS) and All-Hazard Warnings

Emergency Communications: The Emergency Alert System (EAS) and All-Hazard Warnings

Date: September 2, 2005
Creator: Moore, Linda K & Reese, Shawn
Description: The Emergency Alert System (EAS) is one of several federally managed warning systems. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) jointly administers EAS with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), in cooperation with the National Weather Service (NWS), an organization within the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The NOAA/NWS weather radio system has been upgraded to an all-hazard warning capability. This report summarizes the technology and administration of EAS and the NOAA/NWS all-hazard network, and some of the key proposals for change
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Public Safety Communications: Policy, Proposals, Legislation and Progress

Public Safety Communications: Policy, Proposals, Legislation and Progress

Date: June 8, 2005
Creator: Moore, Linda K
Description: None
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Emergency Supplemental Appropriations for Hurricane Katrina Relief

Emergency Supplemental Appropriations for Hurricane Katrina Relief

Date: September 7, 2005
Creator: Lake, Jennifer E & Chite, Ralph M
Description: This CRS report summarizes federal disaster assistance funding legislation in the 109th Congress and presents some information on federal expenditures and obligations for disaster recovery activities.
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The Impact of Hurricane Katrina on Biological Resources

The Impact of Hurricane Katrina on Biological Resources

Date: October 18, 2005
Creator: Sheikh, Pervaze A
Description: None
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Rural Housing: USDA Disaster Relief Provisions

Rural Housing: USDA Disaster Relief Provisions

Date: October 18, 2005
Creator: Foote, Bruce E
Description: None
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An Emergency Communications Safety Net: Integrating 911 and Other Services

An Emergency Communications Safety Net: Integrating 911 and Other Services

Date: September 1, 2005
Creator: Moore, Linda K
Description: The 9/11 Commission Report recommended that 911 call centers — also called Public Safety Answering Points, or PSAPs — be included in planning for emergency responses.1 Congress, which has since 1999 passed two bills to further the deployment of 911, is reviewing ways to expand 911 capabilities and make it more accessible and effective. Congress is also evaluating ways to improve emergency alerts2 and interoperable communications for public safety.3 Operational convergence of emergency communications seems to many to be inevitable, a question of “when,” not “if.” This report deals primarily with 911 and its recent history. It also summarizes some of the proposals that would improve 911 through new approaches and integration with other services.
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Federal Flood Insurance: The Repetitive Loss Problem

Federal Flood Insurance: The Repetitive Loss Problem

Date: June 30, 2005
Creator: King, Rawle O
Description: None
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Federal Employees: Human Resources Management Flexibilities in Emergency Situations

Federal Employees: Human Resources Management Flexibilities in Emergency Situations

Date: September 15, 2005
Creator: Schwemle, Barbara L
Description: None
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Federal Hurricane Recovery Coordinator: Appointment and Oversight Issues

Federal Hurricane Recovery Coordinator: Appointment and Oversight Issues

Date: November 28, 2005
Creator: Hogue, Henry B
Description: None
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Hurricane Katrina Recovery: Contracts Awarded by the Federal Government

Hurricane Katrina Recovery: Contracts Awarded by the Federal Government

Date: November 4, 2005
Creator: Halchin, L. Elaine
Description: None
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Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act: Legal Requirements for Federal and State Roles in Declarations of an Emergency or a Major Disaster

Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act: Legal Requirements for Federal and State Roles in Declarations of an Emergency or a Major Disaster

Date: September 16, 2005
Creator: Bazan, Elizabeth B
Description: None
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Pandemic Influenza: Domestic Preparedness Efforts

Pandemic Influenza: Domestic Preparedness Efforts

Date: November 10, 2005
Creator: Lister, Sarah A
Description: None
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Flood Risk Management: Federal Role in Infrastructure

Flood Risk Management: Federal Role in Infrastructure

Date: October 26, 2005
Creator: Carter, Nicole T.
Description: This report discusses federal investment decisions on flood control infrastructure, such as levees, floodwalls, and dams. The report also analyzes flood risk as a composite of flood threat, consequence, and vulnerability. The report illustrates that federal policy focuses attention on only some aspects of flood risk and summarizes the options being discussed for addressing other aspects of flood risk in the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
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Hurricane Katrina: Insurance Losses and National Capacities for Financing Disaster Risk

Hurricane Katrina: Insurance Losses and National Capacities for Financing Disaster Risk

Date: September 15, 2005
Creator: King, Rawle O
Description: This report discusses losses and national disaster caused by Hurricane Katrina that made landfall on the Gulf of Mexico coast with high velocity winds, storm surge, heavy rain, flooding, coastal erosion, hail, and tornadoes.
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Postal Service for Katrina Survivors

Postal Service for Katrina Survivors

Date: November 2, 2005
Creator: Stevens, Nye
Description: This report discusses the affected areas served by the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
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