Monday, October 30, 2017

Hartzler bill to improve FEMA relief efforts signed into law

(From Fourth District Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler)

President Trump signed into law the FEMA Relief Improvement Act (H.R. 1117), a measure sponsored by Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.) aimed at increasing the reliability of FEMA’s services following disasters. The law ensures disaster victims receive better guidance, more accurate information, and greater service from FEMA during emergencies and natural disasters.
“There are already enough ‘unknowns’ for disaster victims,” Hartzler said. “They deserve to have confidence and certainty in our nation’s emergency response systems. A family who has experienced the devastation of a flood, a tornado, or a hurricane needs peace of mind—not bureaucratic roadblocks and red tape.”
In the past, there have been repeated incidents of lost and misplaced paperwork, poor communication between state and federal agencies, and a general lack of information from FEMA officials during emergencies, hindering disaster response and relief. In Missouri, there are still cases pending from floods that occurred in 2013.
The signing of this bill into law is timely, considering the many natural disasters that have affected the U.S. this year—from devastating hurricanes and wildfires to the widespread flooding that struck Missouri in spring 2017, leaving homes, farms and properties plagued with water damage.
Hartzler’s bill, which passed both houses of Congress with overwhelming bipartisan support, requires FEMA to improve accountability by devising a plan to provide consistent and timely guidance during disaster responses.
Specifically, the legislation requires FEMA to create an action plan to improve field transition by:
·        Providing consistent guidance to applicants on FEMA disaster funding procedures during the response to an emergency or disaster;
·        Conducting appropriate record maintenance and transfer of documents to new teams during staff transitions;
·        Providing accurate assistance to applicants and grantees to ease the administrative burden throughout the process of obtaining and monitoring assistance;
·        Implementing operating procedures and documenting retention requirements to ensure the maintenance of appropriate records throughout the lifecycle of the disaster; and
·        Identifying new technologies that further aid the disaster workforce in partnering with state, local, and tribal governments and private nonprofits in the wake of a disaster to educate, assist, and inform applicants on the status of their disaster assistance applications.
“I’m thrilled this timely piece of legislation has been signed into law,” Hartzler said. “Now, victims of disaster will receive the prompt assistance they need and deserve.”


Unknown said...

Great job Congresslady Hartzler!!
And thanks to President Trump for quickly signing into law!

BTW, where do the fake news and prevaricating liberals get off with saying Trump’s administration never gets anything passed by Congress. Lots of things ( like this) and Justice Gorsuch get passed by the Congress.

Harvey HUTCHINSON 303-522-6622 voice&text

Anonymous said...

Looks to me like they are being required to do what they were originally supposed to be doing.

AnonTech said...

Exactly. That's precisely, and only, what this law does. Sheer political puffery.

And Mr Hutchinson you really should learn how the political system works. For the Trump Administration to "get anything passed by Congress", a bill would have to be initiated at its behest. Since this particular bill was not written at the request of the White House, it was NOT a Trump Administration initiative and therefore NOT something that the Trump Administration got passed by Congress.

Indeed, it could be considered something of a slap in Trump's face, since he has proclaimed loudly and often that FEMA is great and wonderful, which would mean this law would be completely unnecessary. By signing it into law Trump is de facto admitting that FEMA is not as good as he says it is. And while Justice Gorsuch's confirmation wasn't a legislative matter, I will see it and raise you one Obamacare "repeal or replace". I'll also add travel bans and transgendered military to the pot of Trump failures. Now, let's see your hand.

Unknown said...


I’ll wager I know 20 times more about the legislative process than you could dream of. Of course as long as you hide behind the anonymous cowards mask; how can anyone tell

Harvey HUTCHINSON 303-522-6622 voice&text