FEMA Issues Proposed Rule on Individual Assistance Factors

November 11, 2015 | By Jerry Ashworth | Post a Comment

381903_katrina_9The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is looking for your opinion. To comply with Section 1109 of the Sandy Recovery Improvement Act of 2013 (Pub. L. 113-2), FEMA issued a proposed rule in today’s Federal Register, to review and revise the individual assistance factors that FEMA uses to measure the severity, magnitude and impact of a disaster.

Through this proposed rule, FEMA aims to clarify the individual assistance declaration factors that it now considers. FEMA states that the additional clarity “may reduce delays by decreasing the back and forth between states and FEMA in the declaration process.” FEMA is proposing to consider the following factors: (1) state fiscal capacity and resource availability, (2) uninsured home and personal property losses, (3) disaster impacted population profile, (4) impact to community infrastructure, (5) casualties; and (6) disaster-related unemployment.

FEMA pointed out that it will continue to use several factors and data to formulate its recommendations on major disaster declarations that authorize individual assistance. “No single data point or factor would determine on its own FEMA’s ultimate recommendation, nor would any single factor necessarily affect the president’s ultimate determination of whether a major disaster declaration authorizing individual assistance is warranted,” the agency said. The agency said it wanted to retain as much flexibility as possible concerning the disaster declaration recommendations.

Comments must be submitted by Jan. 11, 2016, to Regulations.gov under the docket number ID FEMA-2014-0005. Check out the Federal Register notice and let FEMA know how you feel about this proposal.



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