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H. R. 6566 Mass Fatality Planning and Religious Considerations Act

H. R. 6566 Mass Fatality Planning and Religious Considerations Act

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H. R. 6566
To amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to require the Administratorof the Federal Emergency Management Agency to provide guidance andcoordination for mass fatality planning, and for other purposes.
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
S
EPTEMBER
28, 2012Ms. R
ICHARDSON
introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Com-mittee on Transportation and Infrastructure, and in addition to the Com-mittee on Homeland Security, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned
A BILL
To amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to requirethe Administrator of the Federal Emergency Manage-ment Agency to provide guidance and coordination formass fatality planning, and for other purposes.
 Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representa-
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tives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,
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SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
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This Act may be cited as the ‘‘Mass Fatality Plan-
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ning and Religious Considerations Act’’.
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SEC. 2. FINDINGS.
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Congress finds the following:
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HR 6566 IH
(1) Emergency preparedness often plans for
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how to prepare and provide for survivors of a nat-
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 ural disaster, act of terrorism, or other man-made
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disaster, but fails to plan for how to prepare for and
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respond to mass fatalities that result from such an
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incident.
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(2) Funeral homes, cemeteries, and mortuaries
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could be overwhelmed should mass fatalities arise
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from a natural disaster, act of terrorism, or other
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man-made disaster.
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(3) Different religions have different customs
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surrounding death; for example, the Jewish and
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Muslim religions call for burial of the deceased not
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later than 48 hours after death.
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SEC. 3. PREPAREDNESS FOR MASS FATALITIES RESULTING
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FROM A NATURAL DISASTER, ACT OF TER-
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RORISM, OR OTHER MAN-MADE DISASTER.
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Section 504 of the Homeland Security Act of 2002
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(6 U.S.C. 314) is amended by adding at the end the fol-
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lowing new subsection:
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‘‘(c) P
REPAREDNESS FOR
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 ASS
F
 ATALITIES
.—In
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carrying out this section, the Administrator shall provide
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guidance to and coordinate with appropriate individuals,
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including representatives from different communities, pri-
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 vate sector businesses, non-profit organizations, and reli-
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