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 Collection: Congressional Research Service Reports
Civil Defense and the Effects of Nuclear War

Civil Defense and the Effects of Nuclear War

Date: March 12, 1982
Creator: Congressional Reference Division
Description: This Info Pack contains material on nuclear weapons and on the anticipated physical, economic, and social consequences of nuclear attacks on the United States, basic information on the civil defense program, and material discussing some of the arguments, pro and con, surrounding the civil defense issues.
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Survey of the Fifty States and the District of Columbia Statutes Generally Concerning the Quarantine and Isolation of Persons Having A Contagious or Infectious Disease

Survey of the Fifty States and the District of Columbia Statutes Generally Concerning the Quarantine and Isolation of Persons Having A Contagious or Infectious Disease

Date: September 8, 1987
Creator: Wolfe, M. Ann
Description: None
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Auburn Dam on the American River: Fact Sheet

Auburn Dam on the American River: Fact Sheet

Date: June 6, 1996
Creator: Cody, Betsy A; Hughes, H. Steven & Price, Shelley
Description: For more than 30 years, Congress has debated constructing a dam on the American River near Auburn, California. The Army Corps of Engineers recently identified three alternatives for flood control, with the Division office's preferred plan calling for construction of a 508-foot-high detention dam. Currently, two bills address the issue: H.R. 3270 supports construction of the dam, while H.R. 2951 opposes construction of any structure on the North Fork of the American River.
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FEMA and Disaster Relief

FEMA and Disaster Relief

Date: March 6, 1998
Creator: Bea, Keith
Description: None
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Farm Disaster Assistance: USDA Programs and Recent Legislative Action

Farm Disaster Assistance: USDA Programs and Recent Legislative Action

Date: November 4, 1998
Creator: Chite, Ralph M
Description: None
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Disaster Mitigation Bills in the 106th Congress: H.R. 707, S. 1691 Compared

Disaster Mitigation Bills in the 106th Congress: H.R. 707, S. 1691 Compared

Date: October 25, 1999
Creator: Bea, Keith
Description: The Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act authorizes the President to declare that an emergency or major disaster exists that overwhelms state and local resources. Legislation before the 106th Congress (H.R. 707 and S. 1691) would, among other matters, amend the Act to: (1) fund hazard mitigation projects designed to reduce future disaster losses; (2) add conditions to assistance; and (3) consolidate provisions governing the distribution of aid to disaster victims. This report compares provisions of the two bills, and will be updated as legislative action occurs.
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The National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program: Preparing for the "Big One"

The National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program: Preparing for the "Big One"

Date: February 23, 2000
Creator: Mielke, James E
Description: None
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Disaster Mitigation Assistance Bills in the 106th Congress: Comparison of Provisions

Disaster Mitigation Assistance Bills in the 106th Congress: Comparison of Provisions

Date: May 5, 2000
Creator: Bea, Keith
Description: The Administration initiative to shift federal emergency management policy away from a "response and recovery" emphasis has generated little congressional controversy, although some have raised concerns about the cost effectiveness of implementing a mitigation strategy. Greater attention, it is generally argued, should be given to mitigation (loss reduction) efforts before disasters occur in order to reduce future losses. Legislation (H.R. 707, S. 1691) pending before the 106th Congress would amend the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (the Stafford Act) which authorizes federal assistance when the President declares that a catastrophe has overwhelmed state and local resources.
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Forest Fire Protection

Forest Fire Protection

Date: December 5, 2000
Creator: Gorte, Ross W
Description: None
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International Disasters: How the United States Responds

International Disasters: How the United States Responds

Date: April 17, 2001
Creator: McHugh, Lois B
Description: None
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Terrorism and the Military's Role in Domestic Crisis Management: Background and Issues for Congress

Terrorism and the Military's Role in Domestic Crisis Management: Background and Issues for Congress

Date: April 19, 2001
Creator: Brake, Jeffrey D
Description: None
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Federal Hiring Flexibilities for Emergency Situations: Fact Sheet

Federal Hiring Flexibilities for Emergency Situations: Fact Sheet

Date: October 11, 2001
Creator: Schwemle, Barbara L
Description: n the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), in a September 13, 2001 memorandum to executive branch agencies, identified various hiring flexibilities that can be used to meet staffing needs in emergency situations. This report provides information on each of the flexibilities.
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Small Business Disaster Assistance: Responding to the Terrorist Attacks

Small Business Disaster Assistance: Responding to the Terrorist Attacks

Date: November 29, 2001
Creator: Mulock, Bruce K
Description: None
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Terrorism: Section by Section Analysis of the USA PATRIOT Act

Terrorism: Section by Section Analysis of the USA PATRIOT Act

Date: December 10, 2001
Creator: Doyle, Charles
Description: None
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Bioterrorism: Summary of a CRS/National Health Policy Forum Seminar on Federal, State, and Local Public Health Preparedness

Bioterrorism: Summary of a CRS/National Health Policy Forum Seminar on Federal, State, and Local Public Health Preparedness

Date: December 21, 2001
Creator: Strongin, Robin J & Redhead, C. Stephen
Description: The September 11th attack and subsequent intentional release of anthrax spores via the U.S. postal system have focused policymakers’ attention on the preparedness and response capability of the nation’s public health system. The anthrax attacks put a tremendous strain on the U. S. public health infrastructure, an infrastructure that many experts argue has been weakened by years of neglect and under-funding. To better understand the preparedness gaps that exist, as well as the disparate functions and agencies that define public health in this country, the Congressional Research Service (CRS), in conjunction with George Washington University’s National Health Policy Forum (NHPF), convened a seminar on October 26, 2001, entitled, The U.S. Health Care System: Are State and Local Officials Prepared for Bioterrorism? How Should the Federal Government Assist?
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Terrorism Preparedness: A Catalog of Federal Assistance Programs

Terrorism Preparedness: A Catalog of Federal Assistance Programs

Date: December 27, 2001
Creator: Canada, Ben
Description: None
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State and Local Preparedness for Terrorism: Policy Issues and Options

State and Local Preparedness for Terrorism: Policy Issues and Options

Date: February 5, 2002
Creator: Canada, Ben
Description: None
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Bioterrorism: Summary of a CRS/National Health Policy Forum Seminar on Federal, State, and Local Public Health Preparedness

Bioterrorism: Summary of a CRS/National Health Policy Forum Seminar on Federal, State, and Local Public Health Preparedness

Date: March 8, 2002
Creator: Strongin, Robin J & Redhead, C. Stephen
Description: The September 11th attack and subsequent intentional release of anthrax spores via the U.S. postal system have focused policymakers’ attention on the preparedness and response capability of the nation’s public health system. The anthrax attacks put a tremendous strain on the U. S. public health infrastructure, an infrastructure that many experts argue has been weakened by years of neglect and under-funding. To better understand the preparedness gaps that exist, as well as the disparate functions and agencies that define public health in this country, the Congressional Research Service (CRS), in conjunction with George Washington University’s National Health Policy Forum (NHPF), convened a seminar on October 26, 2001, entitled, The U.S. Health Care System: Are State and Local Officials Prepared for Bioterrorism? How Should the Federal Government Assist?
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FEMA's Mission: Policy Directives for the Federal Emergency Management Agency

FEMA's Mission: Policy Directives for the Federal Emergency Management Agency

Date: March 13, 2002
Creator: Bea, Keith
Description: None
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Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA)

Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA)

Date: March 25, 2002
Creator: Lake, Jennifer E
Description: Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) provides assistance to previously employed or self- employed individuals rendered unemployed as a direct result of a major disaster and who are not eligible for regular federal/state unemployment insurance (UI). DUA is federally funded through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), but is administered by the state UI agencies.
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State and Local Preparedness for Terrorism: Policy Issues and Options

State and Local Preparedness for Terrorism: Policy Issues and Options

Date: March 28, 2002
Creator: Canada, Ben
Description: None
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Federal Emergency Management Agency Funding for Homeland Security and Other Activities

Federal Emergency Management Agency Funding for Homeland Security and Other Activities

Date: April 9, 2002
Creator: Bea, Keith
Description: None
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Electronic Congress: Proposals and Issues

Electronic Congress: Proposals and Issues

Date: July 2, 2002
Creator: Seifert, Jeffrey W & Petersen, R. Eric
Description: The events of September 11, 2001, and the subsequent anthrax incidents have prompted some observers to suggest creating a capability for a virtual or electronic Congress (e-Congress) that could function in the event of an emergency. Currently, it is unclear exactly how an e-Congress would be constituted and operated; however, a proposal (H.R. 3481) has been introduced to require the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to investigate the feasibility and costs of implementing a computer system for remote voting and communication for Congress to ensure business continuity for congressional operations.
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Meeting Public Safety Spectrum Needs

Meeting Public Safety Spectrum Needs

Date: July 11, 2002
Creator: Moore, Linda K
Description: None
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