House Passes Disaster Relief Legislation


On Wednesday, September 26, 2018 the House of Representatives passed H.R. 302, which included the Disaster Recovery Reform Act (DRRA) of 2018. The DRRA increases focus on pre-disaster mitigation which will ultimately lessen future impacts, reduce disaster costs, help speed recovery, and prevent loss of life. 

The DRRA also recognizes the benefits of taking-action before a catastrophe occurs and includes reforms to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Stafford Act. The proposed reforms would ensure that a percentage of assistance provided in the wake of disasters is invested in predisaster hazard mitigation so that states, tribal, and local governments can preempt the damage resulting from disasters.

The measure now heads to the Senate for action which could take place the first week of October. For additional information on the DRRA as passed by the House, click here

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