Please see the update on the Disaster Relief Appropriations Act below:
Tonight the U.S. Senate passed the Disaster Relief Appropriations Act of 2013 which includes a provision that would amend the Stafford Act to allow federally recognized Tribal governments to directly make requests to the President for federal emergency and disaster declarations.
The bill will now be sent to the President for his signature and become law.
On behalf of FEMA Administrator Fugate, I want to reiterate our sincere appreciation for your continued support.
In the months to come, FEMA, in consultation with Indian Country, will continue to develop internal administrative, programmatic and business solutions that will help to successfully manage disaster declarations and field operations in support of impacted communities.
I, along with FEMA’s regional tribal liaisons, will continue to keep you apprised of the progress and look forward to your participation in the tribal consultation process as FEMA works on implementing the new law.
Special Advisor for National Tribal Affairs
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
500 C. St. SW
Washington, DC 20472
(202) 646-4663 Office
(202) 251-4840 BB