Fairfax, Va. – The International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) today applauded House passage of the PREPARE Act (H.R. 3583). The bipartisan legislation includes a number of provisions to improve preparedness efforts at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
Sponsored by Representatives Martha McSally (R-Ariz.), Michael McCaul (R-Texas), Dan Donovan (R-N.Y.), and Donald Payne, Jr. (D-N.J.), the legislation would:
- allow federal State Homeland Security Grant Program (SHSGP) and Urban Areas Security Initiative (UASI) funds to be used for medical preparedness for developing pharmaceutical stockpiles and med-kits for first responders, their families, immediate victims, and vulnerable populations
- specify the role of DHS’ Office of Emergency Communications and prevent it from being reorganized without Congressional authorization
- prevent the consolidation of the SHSGP, UASI and other homeland security grants into one state-based National Preparedness Grant program
- authorize the establishment of a two-year pilot program for voluntary anthrax vaccines for first responders
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