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Federal Budget Legislation Has Money for Disasters

The clock is ticking on getting a temporary budget bill passed.

Yes, emergency managers have skin in the game when it comes to federal budget legislation to keep the wheels of government turning after Sept. 30.

Specifically, the temporary federal legislation has two measures related to disasters.

Read this from the New York Times:

“The legislation also aims to address a few domestic needs. ... In addition to providing $20 million to help address the water crisis in Jackson, Miss., and $2 billion for a block grant program to help communities rebuild after natural disasters in 2021 and 2022, it would give the federal government more flexibility to spend existing funds to quickly address the toll of Hurricane Fiona in Puerto Rico, storms and flooding in Alaska, and other natural disasters.”

I can tell you that if Ian pans out and creates much more disaster damages, we’ll need more than $2 billion in the FEMA coffers to fund the disaster recovery in 2023.
Eric Holdeman is a contributing writer for Emergency Management magazine and is the former director of the King County, Wash., Office of Emergency Management.