Disaster Relief Provisions Included in FAA Re-Authorization

On April 26 by a vote of 393 to 13, the House passed H.R. 4, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization Act of 2108. Included within H.R. 4 are measures that will place greater emphasis on disaster mitigation efforts. These mitigation measures were initially included in H.R. 4460, the Disaster Recovery Reform Act, which was approved by the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee this past November.

Disaster Aid efforts addressed in the bill include the approval of $950 million annually for Emergency Management Performance Grants (EMPG), and $4 million towards Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC) grants. Funds for each of the grants would run from fiscal year 2018 through fiscal year 2022.

Additionally, the bill stipulates that the National Predisaster Mitigation Fund would be renamed the National Public Infrastructure Predisaster Mitigation Fund. These funds could be used for debris removal, repair and replacement of damaged facilities, earthquake warning systems and crisis counseling. The President could also target funds for regions impacted by wildfires - even those not declared a disaster. The measure now heads to the Senate for consideration. To view the text of H.R. 4 click here

Please contact APWA Government Affairs Manager Marty Williams at mwilliams@apwa.net or (202) 218-6732 with any questions.