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File #: Res 0675-2018    Version: * Name: Counting Our Unexpected Natural Tragedies Victims Act of 2018 (H.R. 6048/S.3033)
Type: Resolution Status: Committee
Committee: Committee on Fire and Emergency Management
On agenda: 12/20/2018
Enactment date: Law number:
Title: Resolution calling on the United States Congress to pass and the President to sign H.R. 6048/S.3033, also known as the Counting Our Unexpected Natural Tragedies Victims Act of 2018, which would require the Federal Emergency Management Agency to contract with the National Academy of Medicine to study best practices for mortality counts after major disasters.
Sponsors: Carlina Rivera , Robert E. Cornegy, Jr.
Council Member Sponsors: 2
Attachments: 1. Res. No. 675, 2. H.R. 6048, 3. S. 3033, 4. December 20, 2018 - Stated Meeting Agenda with Links to Files, 5. Minutes of the Stated Meeting - December 20, 2018

Res. No. 675

 

Resolution calling on the United States Congress to pass and the President to sign H.R. 6048/S.3033, also known as the Counting Our Unexpected Natural Tragedies Victims Act of 2018, which would require the Federal Emergency Management Agency to contract with the National Academy of Medicine to study best practices for mortality counts after major disasters.

 

By Council Members Rivera and Cornegy

 

                     Whereas, Hurricane Maria, a category five hurricane, struck Puerto Rico on September 20, 2017 with winds over 175mph and 30 inches of rain that caused power outages, flash flooding, and catastrophic infrastructure damage, and

                     Whereas, Hurricane Maria brought long-lasting, devastating effects to Puerto Rico, which hampered the delivery of supplies, created major food and gas shortages, and decimated the island’s electrical grid resulting in loss of power to most sections of the island for months.

                     Whereas, According to the New York Times, the United States government estimates that 2,975 people died as a result of Hurricane Maria and its effects, which is significantly greater than the government’s original estimate of 64; and

                     Whereas, By comparison, Hurricane Katrina, which struck the Gulf Coast in 2005, is thought to have killed anywhere from 1,000 to more than 1,800 individuals; and

                     Whereas, According to National Public Radio, the Puerto Rican government estimates that is will cost $139 billion for the island to make a full economic recovery from Hurricane Maria; and

                     Whereas, The full and accurate count of fatalities from unexpected natural disasters is necessary to determine the disbursement of federal dollars in rebuilding and recovery efforts; and

                     Whereas, H.R. 6048, also known as the “Counting Our Unexpected Natural Tragedies Victims Act of 2018” or “COUNT Victims Act”, introduced by United States Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez, and S.3033, introduced by United States Senator Kamala Harris, would require the Federal Emergency Management Agency to contract with the National Academy of Medicine to study best practices for mortality counts after major disasters; and                     

                     Whereas, The COUNT Victims Act, would seek to establish: (i) an equitable and timely attribution, in order to, among other things, facilitate access to available benefits; (ii) timely prospective tracking of population levels of mortality and significant morbidity in order to continuously inform response efforts; and (iii) study disaster-related mortality and significant morbidity to inform after-action analysis and improve subsequent preparedness efforts; and

                     Whereas, The Count Victims Act would authorize the appropriation of $2,000,000 for fiscal years 2018 through 2020 to conduct the study of best practices for mortality counts after major disasters; now, therefore, be it

                     Resolved, that the Council of the City of New York calls on the United States Congress to pass and the President to sign H.R. 6048/S.3033, also known as the Counting Our Unexpected Natural Tragedies Victims Act of 2018, which would require the Federal Emergency Management Agency to contract with the National Academy of Medicine to study best practices for mortality counts after major disasters.

 

 

 

 

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11/24/18