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Congress Considers Streamlining Disaster Recovery

July 18, 2011

Noted in last week’s NADO News (links added):

Streamline the Recovery Process Following Local Disasters: On July 14, the [U.S. House] Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management, chaired by Rep. Jeff Denham (R-CA), held an oversight hearing to examine ways to better manage federal disaster recovery programs, help communities get back on their feet more quickly following major disasters, and save taxpayers money. The hearing was held in anticipation of reauthorizing the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the federal government’s lead agency for preparing for, mitigating against, responding to, and recovering from disasters and emergencies. The panels focused on finding ways to streamline the recovery process through expedited assistance processes, improving coordination among the relevant federal agencies, supporting mitigating efforts before a disaster strikes, and ensuring proper planning.

Ensuring proper planning? Now there’s an idea.

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p.s. That’s Jeff DENHAM, representative from California’s San Joaquin Valley; not Jeff DUNHAM, the comedian.

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