A bill (H.R. 5351) introduced by Rep. David Reichert (R-WA) would establish a Directorate of Emergency Management within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The bill has been approved by the House Homeland Security Committee. However, it is still under consideration in the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and the House Energy and Commerce Committee.
The bill would also require that the secretary of the DHS update, revise, or replace emergency preparedness information for state local, and tribal governments around the country. The bill would require that DHS establish an advisory council on emergency responders, an education program on homeland security, an equipment program, an integrated national public alert and warning system, and a Gulf Coast long-term recovery office.