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First Ever FEMA Re-Authorization Proposed

July 6, 2017

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) was created by the Carter Administration in 1979. Since 1989, the agency has funded almost $200 million to help in times of serious natural disasters. In 2006, FEMA received a statutory authorization through the Post Katrina Emergency Management Reform Act. Throughout all this time up to today, FEMA has been staffed and funded through a series of disaster bills passed in times of need, or through Federal budget legislation or by executive order.

FEMA has yet to be fully re-authorized with a complete review and update of funding, organization, and policies. Now this could all change. As reported by CoreLogic, FEMA is up for re-authorization through legislation introduced by Representative Lou Barletta (R-PA-11). If approved, this legislation will update FEMA within three key areas.

  • Funding would be readdressed to be included within funding considerations in Congress. Over the three years, funding will be raised up to $1.083 billion.
  • An official study into the impact of disaster loss and costs alongside federal assistance.
  • FEMA would officially be the central agency responsible for national efforts towards preparing and responding to earthquakes and/or tsunamis.

The very real possibility of a combined earthquake and tsunami event is of great concern, especially here in California. This proposed legislation would give FEMA greater authority in coordinating a response, as opposed to seeing efforts spread across various agencies as is currently the case. It is hoped that with a central government agency in charge of disaster response, there will be aid and support available more quickly and with better effectiveness should a disastrous earthquake or tsunami hit.

The new FEMA legislation has passed the initial committee gaining approval for Bill H.R. 2548 to now go through Congress. If passed, FEMA could be better poised to help in times of natural disasters. When you are ready to sell your home, it’s important to have a Realtor® who is there to help you through the entire process. My team and I are ready to help with all your real estate needs. Our goal is to make your experience both easy and pleasurable. Contact us today at (925) 634-7820, or by email at

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