Sending Office: Honorable Sheila Jackson Lee
To ensure victims get the help and housing assistance they need
and strengthen FEMA’s Capacity to Help Communities Recover from Natural Disasters Become an Original Sponsor of the FEMA Modernization Act
Deadline: 5:00 pm May 14, 2019
May 9, 2019
I invite you to become an original sponsor of the FEMA Modernization Act of 2018, which provides comprehensive reform of the range and types of assistance that FEMA provides
to victims before, during, and after disasters.
The legislation makes permanent the FEMA Office of Disaster Response and the FEMA Office of Disaster Recovery; creates an ombudsman for each office to assist survivors
and victims’; establishes a new National Disaster Medical Triage Capacity and an Incident Medical Recovery Management Team to determine best practices for implementing Advanced Trauma Life Support capabilities, effecting medical evaluations, and to assess
health impacts that result from federal disasters; establish a program to provide education and job training; provides for accurate reporting on deaths and missing persons; and collects data and reports on effective casework management for the provision of
survivor benefits and services.
Homeowners who in the past were left out of the full benefit of federal government disaster recovery assistance, will for the first time with this bill, have access to
the help they need. The bill establishes a Disaster Emergency Housing Assistance Grant Program that allows the FEMA Administrator to authorize the Secretary of HUD under Section 408 of the Stafford Act to provide immediate housing and urban development assistance
that meets the particular housing needs of survivors of a federally declared disaster event, which shall include condominiums designated as such by local tax records. Most important the bill does not require all substantial assistance to victims to wait for
This bill provides a report on options on creating a single National Disaster Insurance Program to ensure that every property owner will have the opportunity to purchase
disaster policies when purchasing property insurance to bring stability and ensure that proactive steps to address disasters victims being underinsured or without insurance.
I invite you to cosponsor this important legislation. If you have any questions or wish to cosponsor, please contact
Lillie.Coney@mail.house.gov by email or by telephone at (202) 225-3816.
Sheila Jackson Lee
Member of Congress
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