RS22235 - Disaster Evacuation and Displacement Policy: Issues for Congress
17-Aug-2006; Keith Bea; 6 p.
Abstract: The devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina reached beyond the borders of the
states directly affected by the wind, rain, and floods. Before the storm reached the coast,
thousands of residents of Louisiana and Mississippi evacuated to other states, including
Texas and Oklahoma. As a result, President Bush issued emergency declarations for 36
states solely to help them meet the needs of evacuees. In general, evacuation policy is
set and enforced by state and local officials. However, federal policy does provide for
certain aspects of civilian emergency evacuation. Members of Congress may elect to
reconsider federal policy options to more fully integrate federal and state authorities
through legislation such as H.R. 3815, H.R. 4066, H.R. 4258, H.R. 5351, S. 1685, S.
1807, S. 2124, S. 2133, and S. 3721. This report will be updated.
Topics: Legislative, Government, Population