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Missouri Delegation Asks FEMA to Clarify Disaster Relief Reform Efforts

November 21, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Earlier this week, the entire Missouri congressional delegation, including U.S. Senators Roy Blunt and Josh Hawley, and U.S. Representatives Sam Graves, Blaine Luetkemeyer, Emanuel Cleaver, II, Vicky Hartzler, Ann Wagner, Wm. Lacy Clay, Billy Long, and Jason Smith, sent a letter asking the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to identify what steps they’ve taken to fairly implement Section 1232 of the Disaster Recovery Reform Act of 2018 (DRRA) in light of recent disasters in Missouri, including flooding. Section 1232 states that the Administrator of FEMA shall give “greater consideration to severe local impact or recent multiple disasters” when making recommendations to the President of the United States regarding a major disaster declaration.

The letter was sent in light of the denial of Individual Assistance to several counties for flooding that occurred earlier this year.

“With these difficulties in mind, we ask for FEMA to provide detailed information into how ‘greater consideration to severe local impact or recent multiple disasters’ in accordance with Section 1232 of DRRA is objectively defined and measured. Furthermore, we ask you to provide specifics into how Section 1232 of DRRA has been implemented,” the delegation wrote. “It is our understanding that you distributed a guidance on May 1, 2019 to regional counterparts on how to describe localized impacts. What is the mechanism used to administer this guidance and what information is included in such a guidance? How does FEMA ensure that there is no discrepancy between how regional divisions execute this guidance?”

Click here to read the full letter.

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