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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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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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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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Terrorism Preparedness: Catalog of Selected Federal Assistance Programs

Terrorism Preparedness: Catalog of Selected Federal Assistance Programs

Date: January 6, 2003
Creator: Canada, Ben
Description: None
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Disaster Relief and Response: FY2003 Supplemental Appropriations

Disaster Relief and Response: FY2003 Supplemental Appropriations

Date: July 17, 2003
Creator: Bea, Keith
Description: On July 7, 2003, President Bush submitted a second supplemental appropriations request to Congress for FY2003. The request seeks $1.889 billion for three disaster relief activities: $289 million for wildfire suppression and rehabilitation carried out by the Departments of Agriculture and the Interior, $1.550 billion for disaster relief administered by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and $50 million for the investigation and recovery associated with the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster. For the most part, Members of Congress evince support for the disaster relief funding request; however, some debate has occurred on other funding sought, notably funding for AmeriCorps grants.
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Disaster Relief and Response: FY2003 Supplemental Appropriations

Disaster Relief and Response: FY2003 Supplemental Appropriations

Date: July 30, 2003
Creator: Bea, Keith
Description: On July 7, 2003, President Bush submitted a second supplemental appropriations request to Congress for FY2003. The request seeks $1.889 billion for three disaster relief activities: $289 million for wildfire suppression and rehabilitation carried out by the Departments of Agriculture and the Interior, $1.550 billion for disaster relief administered by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and $50 million for the investigation and recovery associated with the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster. For the most part, Members of Congress evince support for the disaster relief funding request; however, some debate has occurred on other funding sought, notably funding for AmeriCorps grants.
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Disaster Relief and Response: FY2003 Supplemental Appropriations

Disaster Relief and Response: FY2003 Supplemental Appropriations

Date: August 25, 2003
Creator: Bea, Keith
Description: On July 25, 2003, the House approved a supplemental appropriations measure (H.R. 2859) that provides $983.6 million for the Disaster Relief Fund administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). During debate Members rejected an amendment to require a rescission from discretionary accounts to compensate for the supplemental. On July 31 the Senate approved the House-passed version of H.R. 2859. The President signed the Emergency Supplemental Appropriation for Disaster Relief Act of 2003 (P.L. 108-69) on August 8, 2003.
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Disaster Relief and Response: FY2003 Supplemental Appropriations

Disaster Relief and Response: FY2003 Supplemental Appropriations

Date: October 1, 2003
Creator: Bea, Keith
Description: Federal departments and agencies are authorized to undertake a range of emergency management activities, including disaster relief and response efforts. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has primary responsibility, but other departments and agencies provide grants and loans to disaster victims and reimburse state and local governments overwhelmed by costs associated with clearing debris and rebuilding facilities, among other forms of assistance. FY2003 supplemental funding for these activities has been the issue of debate.
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Homeland Security: Federal Assistance Funding and Business Opportunities

Homeland Security: Federal Assistance Funding and Business Opportunities

Date: August 14, 2003
Creator: Riehl, James R
Description: None
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Homeland Security: Federal Assistance Funding and Business Opportunities

Homeland Security: Federal Assistance Funding and Business Opportunities

Date: September 12, 2003
Creator: Riehl, James R
Description: None
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First Responder Grant Formulas: The 9/11 Commission Recommendation and Other Options for Congressional Action

First Responder Grant Formulas: The 9/11 Commission Recommendation and Other Options for Congressional Action

Date: August 5, 2004
Creator: Reese, Shawn
Description: None
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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: August 13, 2004
Creator: Moore, Linda K
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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Emergency Communications: The Emergency Alert System (EAS) and All-Hazard Warnings

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

Date: November 12, 2004
Creator: Moore, Linda K
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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Indian Ocean Earthquake and Tsunami: Humanitarian Assistance and Relief Operations

Indian Ocean Earthquake and Tsunami: Humanitarian Assistance and Relief Operations

Date: February 10, 2005
Creator: Margesson, Rhoda
Description: None
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Tsunamis: Monitoring, Detection, and Early Warning Systems

Tsunamis: Monitoring, Detection, and Early Warning Systems

Date: January 24, 2005
Creator: Morrissey, Wayne A
Description: This report discusses proposals for international tsunami early warning systems and examines U.S. policy regarding tsunamis.
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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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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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Farm Disaster Assistance

Farm Disaster Assistance

Date: November 5, 2002
Creator: Chite, Ralph M
Description: None
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Farm Disaster Assistance

Farm Disaster Assistance

Date: December 18, 2002
Creator: Chite, Ralph M
Description: None
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Farm Disaster Assistance

Farm Disaster Assistance

Date: January 21, 2003
Creator: Chite, Ralph M
Description: None
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Assistance to Firefighters Program

Assistance to Firefighters Program

Date: February 14, 2003
Creator: Kruger, Lennard G
Description: The Assistance to Firefighters Program,1 also known as the FIRE Act grant program, was established by Title XVII of the FY2001 National Defense Authorization Act (P.L. 106-398). Currently administered by the United States Fire Administration (USFA) within the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the program provides federal grants directly to local fire departments to help address a variety of equipment, training, and other firefighter-related needs. The FY2004 proposal would place the fire grant program within the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Office for Domestic Preparedness, located within the Border and Transportation Security Directorate. Under this proposal, the Assistance to Firefighters Program would be removed from the USFA, which will remain in the DHS Directorate of Emergency Preparedness and Response.
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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'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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Department of Homeland Security: State and Local Preparedness Issues

Department of Homeland Security: State and Local Preparedness Issues

Date: December 11, 2002
Creator: Canada, Ben
Description: The Homeland Security Act of 2002 (P.L. 107-296) makes the new Department of Homeland Security (DHS) responsible for providing assistance to state and local governments to ensure adequate preparedness for all disasters, including terrorist attacks. Several federal entities with functions relating to state and local preparedness, ranging from entire independent agencies to units of agencies and departments, will be transferred to the new department.
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