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DRRA Provisions 1240-1246

Report on Insurance Shortfalls (Section 1240)

Requires FEMA to provide a regular report to Congress on the times and estimated amounts in which self-insurance amounts were insufficient to address flood damages.

Post-disaster Building Safety Assessment (Section 1241)

Directs FEMA to develop guidance for building experts to use when they evaluate structures for safety and habitability after a disaster.

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IMPLEMENTATION UPDATE

In November 2019, FEMA published the Post-disaster Building Safety Evaluation Guidance.

FEMA Updates on National Preparedness Assessment (Section 1242)

Requires FEMA to provide Congress with regular progress updates on a National Preparedness Assessment recommended by the Government Accountability Office in 2012. The assessment is meant to review security risks and capabilities to prioritize grant dollars to needed localities.

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IMPLEMENTATION UPDATE

Progress updates to Congress began on May 16, 2019.

Report on Duplication in Non-Natural Disaster Preparedness Grant Programs (Section 1243)

Requires FEMA to provide Congress with a progress update on identifying ways to reduce funding duplications within non-natural disaster preparedness grants, as recommended by the Government Accountability Office in 2012.

Study and Report on Disaster Mortality (Section 1244)

Requires FEMA to contract the National Academy of Medicine to study best practices in quantifying mortality among populations after a major disaster.

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IMPLEMENTATION UPDATE

FEMA contracted with the National Academy of Medicine in December 2018 to conduct the required study.

Review of Assistance for Damaged Underground Water Infrastructure (Section 1245)

Directs FEMA to review and report to Congress on the assessment and eligibility process of the Public Assistance grant program for disaster-damaged underground water infrastructure.

Extension of Jeopardy Biological Opinion (Section 1246)

Directs FEMA to extend the implementation deadline, by up to three years, of the alternative outlined in the jeopardy biological opinion issued in Oregon in April 2016.

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IMPLEMENTATION UPDATE

FEMA extended the implementation deadline by three years on February 6, 2019.