Text: H.R.6566 — 112th Congress (2011-2012)

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[Congressional Bills 112th Congress]
[From the U.S. Government Printing Office]
[H.R. 6566 Introduced in House (IH)]

112th CONGRESS
  2d Session
                                H. R. 6566

To amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to require the Administrator 
  of the Federal Emergency Management Agency to provide guidance and 
    coordination for mass fatality planning, and for other purposes.


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                    IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

                           September 28, 2012

Ms. Richardson introduced the following bill; which was referred to the 
Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, and in addition to the 
    Committee 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

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                                 A BILL


 
To amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to require the Administrator 
  of the Federal Emergency Management Agency to provide guidance and 
    coordination for mass fatality planning, and for other purposes.

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the 
United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

    This Act may be cited as the ``Mass Fatality Planning and Religious 
Considerations Act''.

SEC. 2. FINDINGS.

    Congress finds the following:
            (1) Emergency preparedness often plans for how to prepare 
        and provide for survivors of a natural disaster, act of 
        terrorism, or other man-made disaster, but fails to plan for 
        how to prepare for and respond to mass fatalities that result 
        from such an incident.
            (2) Funeral homes, cemeteries, and mortuaries could be 
        overwhelmed should mass fatalities arise from a natural 
        disaster, act of terrorism, or other man-made disaster.
            (3) Different religions have different customs surrounding 
        death; for example, the Jewish and Muslim religions call for 
        burial of the deceased not later than 48 hours after death.

SEC. 3. PREPAREDNESS FOR MASS FATALITIES RESULTING FROM A NATURAL 
              DISASTER, ACT OF TERRORISM, OR OTHER MAN-MADE DISASTER.

    Section 504 of the Homeland Security Act of 2002 (6 U.S.C. 314) is 
amended by adding at the end the following new subsection:
    ``(c) Preparedness for Mass Fatalities.--In carrying out this 
section, the Administrator shall provide guidance to and coordinate 
with appropriate individuals, including representatives from different 
communities, private sector businesses, non-profit organizations, and 
religious organizations, to prepare for and respond to a natural 
disaster, act of terrorism, or other man-made disaster that results in 
mass fatalities.''.
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