S. Rept. 107-295: First Responder Terrorism Preparedness Act of 2002, Report together with Additional Views to Accompany S. 2664, October 1, 2003 [open pdf - 111KB]
"The Committee on Environment and Public Works, to which was referred a bill (S. 2664) to amend the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act to establish a program to provide assistance to enhance the ability of first responders to respond to incidents of terrorism, including involving weapons of mass destruction, and for other purposes, having considered the same, reports favorably thereon with an amendment and recommends that the bill, as amended, do pass. […] The purpose of this legislation is to establish the framework for the Federal government to partner with State and local governments to enhance preparedness and response efforts for incidents of terrorism, including incidents involving weapons of mass destruction. To achieve this goal, the bill authorizes the Office of National Preparedness at FEMA, created by the President in May of 2001, and establishes its mission and authorities. The Office will lead a coordinated and integrated effort to build terrorism preparedness and response capability for weapons of mass destruction at all levels of government. The bill also creates a new $3.4 billion first responder grant program administered by the Office. The program will enhance the capabilities of first responders by focusing needed resources in the following areas: equipment, planning, training, and exercises."
S. Rept. 107-295; Senate Report 107-295
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