Senate approves Sinema’s bipartisan bill improving US disaster preparedness

Senator’s bipartisan legislation bolsters national preparedness and response to chemical, biological and nuclear threats

WASHINGTON – The US Senate passed Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema’s Technology Hazards Preparedness and Training Act – bipartisan legislation strengthening the United States’ preparedness and response to chemical, biological, and nuclear threats. Before proceeding to a vote by the full Senate, the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee approved Sinema’s bipartisan legislation in June.

“The Senate’s passage of our bipartisan legislation strengthening FEMA’s ability to help state and local governments address technology risks will protect Arizonans from threats and improve preparedness for future emergencies. I am grateful for Senator Portman’s partnership in keeping Arizonans and Americans safe,” said Sinema, chairman of the Senate Government Operations and Border Management Subcommittee.

“Since its inception in 1979, FEMA has been responsible for providing preparation and training to communities surrounding nuclear power plants using fees paid by utilities. However, there are still hundreds of other communities that contain different radiological or chemical hazards but have not had access to this expert support from FEMA. I commend the Senate for passing our bipartisan legislation to provide the necessary authority and funding to ensure that the most vulnerable communities in Ohio and the country have access to the preparation and training needed to ensure the safety of our families,” said Portman, a Senate Republican. Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.

Sinema’s legislation — introduced with Republican Senator Rob Portman (Ohio) — provides state and local governments with expanded Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) hazard resilience assistance, training and programming chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear and related emerging threats . This legislation extends existing FEMA assistance to communities near nuclear power plants and military chemical stockpiles to other communities, such as those near Arizona chemical facilities.