Emergency Management and Disaster Recovery

One of the Committee’s top responsibilities is to ensure that the federal government can quickly and effectively respond to natural and manmade disasters. While emergency management and disaster relief primarily falls within the jurisdiction of the newly created the Subcommittee on Emergency Management, Intergovernmental Relations, and the District of Columbia, the full Committee also examines the recovery from these disasters to ensure that emergency funds are being properly spent, recovery occurs with a strong partnership between federal officials and state and local leaders, that proper mitigation measures are taken to lessen damages and costs in the future, and that the federal government learns from each disaster in order to continue to strengthen and refine its response efforts moving forward.  The Committee works closely with leaders from DHS, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the Army Corps of Engineers, and other stakeholder groups to ensure that these organizations have proper funding, personnel, and equipment to complete their important missions.