Thursday, October 22, 2020

Disaster Recovery Reform Act of 2018 Transforms Field of Emergency Management

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(Click to access PDF file:   FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018 )


Disaster Recovery Reform Act of 2018 Transforms Field of Emergency Management


The Disaster Recovery Reform Act of 2018 into law as part of the Federal Aviation Administration Reauthorization Act of 2018. With the economic disruption and the cost of disasters on the rise nationwide, the Federal Emergency Management Agency worked closely with Congress over the past year as they considered, and ultimately passed, important reforms to federal disaster programs.


Outlined below are key highlights of the DRRA:


  • 60 individual provisions included in the DRRA
  • DRRA authorizes a National Public Infrastructure Pre-Disaster Hazard Mitigation Grant Program.

-Previously, the funding for pre-disaster mitigation grants relied on uncertain funding from Congress.

-The updated program will now be funded through the Disaster Relief Fund as a six percent set aside from disaster expenses. With a more reliable stream of sufficient funding, communities will be able to plan and execute mitigation programs to help reduce disaster risk.

-This change contributes greatly to building a culture of preparedness - Goal 1 of the FEMA Strategic Plan.

  • The legislation authorizes FEMA to appoint Cadre of On-Call Response/Recovery employees (COREs) who have been with the agency for three continuous years to full-time positions.

This change will allow FEMA to retain and promote experienced, talented emergency managers. 

  • DRRA also increases a state’s management capability to manage its own recovery by increasing administrative cost reimbursement rates for state, local and tribal partners.

It raises the rates for both the Public Assistance and the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program.

  • The law also helps applicants with disabilities by allowing accessibility repairs to be funded outside of the individual maximum disaster grant award.

This change will increase the amount of assistance available to certain households affected by disasters. 


You can learn more about the DRRA by viewing the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018.


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FEMA Administrator will designate a senior FEMA official to ensure projet management of the staff level for DRRA implementation.



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