Newly Enacted Reforms Will Change the Way the Federal Government Responds to Disasters

Government Executive: Congress last week voted to overhaul the way the federal government responds to disasters, refocusing more of its efforts on mitigation while allowing affected individuals to benefit from multiple forms of assistance.

The Disaster Recovery Reform Act, tucked into a larger legislative package, makes changes to a decades-old law that currently restricts how the Federal Emergency Management Agency—and other agencies with a hand in disaster response—can allocate grants and loans in the wake of hurricanes, wildfires and other catastrophic events.

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