First Responder Identification of Emergency Needs in Disaster Situationsby Representative Will Hurd
Posted on 2015-12-10
HURD of Texas. Mr. Speaker, I move to suspend the rules and pass
the bill (H.R. 2795) to require the Secretary of Homeland Security to
submit a study on the circumstances which may impact the effectiveness
and availability of first responders before, during, or after a
terrorist threat or event, as amended.
The Clerk read the title of the bill.
The text of the bill is as follows: H.R. 2795 Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, [[Page H9258]] SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
This Act may be cited as the ``First Responder Identification of Emergency Needs in Disaster Situations'' or the ``FRIENDS Act''.
SEC. 2. CIRCUMSTANCES WHICH MAY IMPACT FIRST RESPONDERS DURING A TERRORIST EVENT.
(a) In General.--Not later than one year after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Comptroller General of the United States shall submit to the Committee on Homeland Security of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs of the Senate a report that describes select State and local programs and policies, as appropriate, related to the preparedness and protection of first responders. The report may include information on-- (1) the degree to which such programs and policies include consideration of the presence of a first responder's family in an area impacted by a terrorist attack; (2) the availability of personal protective equipment for first responders; (3) the availability of home Medkits for first responders and their families for biological incident response; and (4) other related factors.
(b) Context.--In preparing the report required under subsection (a), the Comptroller General of the United States may, as appropriate, provide information-- (1) in a format that delineates high risk urban areas from rural communities; and (2) on the degree to which the selected State and local programs and policies included in the report were developed or are being executed with funding from the Department of Homeland Security, including grant funding from the State Homeland Security Grant Program or the Urban Area Security Initiative under sections 2002 and 2003, respectively, of the Homeland Security Act of 2002 (6 U.S.C. 603 and 604).
(c) Homeland Security Consideration.--After issuance of the report required under subsection (a), the Secretary of Homeland Security shall consider the report's findings and assess its applicability for Federal first responders.
The SPEAKER pro tempore. Pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from Texas (Mr. Hurd) and the gentlewoman from Texas (Ms. Jackson Lee) each will control 20 minutes.
The Chair recognizes the gentleman from Texas.