House of Representatives Approves the FEMA Reauthorization Act of 2012 (H.R. 2903)

With a unanimous vote, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the FEMA Reauthorization Act of 2012 (H.R. 2903). This bipartisan bill is intended to cut red tape and reduce costs in Federal Emergency Management (FEMA) programs, in turn streamlining FEMA programs to help communities recover and rebuild faster in the wake of a major disaster. The passing of this legislation reduces disaster-related costs and authorizes several critical programs important to states and local governments.

Crucial in the support of this bill was the Disaster Recovery Contractors Association (DRCA) Government Affairs Committee, chaired by John Marini, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Adjusters International. Members of the committee help craft the wording of this bill. A non-profit trade association comprised of private sector companies engaged in disaster preparation, response and recovery, DRCA encourages the development of "best practices that advance the emergency management system and improve America's ability to respond to and recover from natural and man-made disasters." Other vocal advocates for the passage of this bill were the National Emergency Management Association (NEMA), and the National Association of Counties (NACo). The programs contained within this bill will greatly assist these associations' members in preparing for, responding to, and recovering from declared disasters.

Here at Adjusters International, we offer our appreciation for the efforts of these organizations in the passing of this crucial bill. Without the protections provided in this legislation, local and state governments would have faced many unfunded costs and unnecessary delays in their disaster recovery.

Full details of the bill and its provisions are available on the House website.