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FEMA to Organize Responses to Mass Fatalities. Oh, Goodie.

Written by Gary North on October 8, 2012

A bill has been introduced in the House of Representatives, H. R. 6566.

You need to read it. It’s not long. It amends the Homeland Security Act of 2002.

Think of it as a very large prepper project.

FEMA did such as great job in New Orleans in response to Katrina that this Congressman wants FEMA to do even bigger things in a crisis. What kind of crisis? Big. Very big. Humungous. Read it for yourself.

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To amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to require the Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency to provide guidance and coordination for mass fatality planning, and for other purposes.

SEPTEMBER 28, 2012

Ms. RICHARDSON introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, and in addition to the Committee on Homeland Security, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned


To amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to require the Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency to provide guidance and coordination for mass fatality planning, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,


This Act may be cited as the ‘‘Mass Fatality Planning and Religious Considerations Act’’.


Congress finds the following:

(1) Emergency preparedness often plans for  how to prepare and provide for survivors of a natural disaster, act of terrorism, or other man-made disaster, but fails to plan for how to prepare for and respond to mass fatalities that result from such an incident.

Funeral homes, cemeteries, and mortuaries could be overwhelmed should mass fatalities arise from a natural disaster, act of terrorism, or other man-made disaster.

Different religions have different customs surrounding death; for example, the Jewish and  Muslim religions call for burial of the deceased not later than 48 hours after death.


Section 504 of the Homeland Security Act of 2002 (6 U.S.C. 314) is amended by adding at the end the following new subsection:

‘‘(c) PREPAREDNESS FOR MASS FATALITIES.—In  carrying out this section, the Administrator shall provide guidance to and coordinate with appropriate individuals, including representatives from different communities, private sector businesses, non-profit organizations, and religious organizations, to prepare for and respond to a natural disaster, act of terrorism, or other man-made disaster that results in mass fatalities.’’.

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22 thoughts on “FEMA to Organize Responses to Mass Fatalities. Oh, Goodie.

  1. Link doesn't work to go to http://www.gpo.gov.

  2. Yeah and so what? Whats the problem with this? If Junior's horse show promoter had had to plan for casualties maybe he wouldn't have left the bodies of all those American citizens floating in the streets of New Orleans for days and Junior's "You're doing a great job brownie wouldn't have entered the annals of Presidential callousness like it did.

    Its not your absurd libertarianism than strikes me about your blog. Its the pettiness.

  3. Rabelrouser says:

    Well again, the powers that be are signialing their punches for the future, they continually give sneak peeks into the real probability of the aftermath of the pending financial collapse. They are preparing for chaos, rioting, looting and the death and destruction that would ensue. They continue to stock pile arms and ammo, and their own "emergency supplies"; they have even advised the american people to be on a better preparedness footing for these probabilities. They are putting themselves to be in a position on abject control over the american populace.
    For anyone to think that this is just business as usual, or abject "pettiness" is deluding themselves to the truth of the economic instability of this nation, and in the event of said collapse woill be the bodies that they will have to deal with. Rotting corpses create airborne deases, and given the amount of individuals ignoring these warnings and not preparing themselves, there will be a lot of corpses around for months after a collapse and the chaos that follows.

  4. nik, our economy , our debt, unemployment , and this is important enough to waste the time of congress on ? BS dumbazz !!

  5. @rabel

    Thats a silly and seriously paranoid, (if Tea Party typical) view and I do suggest you get help. But assuming you are correct shouldn't government emergency services therefore be planning for those casualties? As you say uncollected bodies are serious public health risks. Why are you safer from government slaughter if that planning doesn't happen? Do you honestly think the absence of a plan for mass fatalities would stop a government intent on wholesale butchery? Why is the alleged Tea Party Economist belittling it? Thats the petty part. New Orleans was not a paranoid fantasy and it revealed, among many bad things, the need for better planning and training for emergency responders. All this little bill does is require it.

  6. Don't worry. There are too many good ol' boys and and strong women to let this slide.

  7. burtfisher says:

    Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof. Sec 3(c) states in part: the Administrator shall provide guidance to and coordinate with […] religious organizations. In order to determine compliance with this directive, the Administrator would necessarily need to establish a religion or religious organization.

    To the Congress: keep your hands off my religion. I would suggest that you work harder on keeping us from getting killed by "man-made disasters" and let the various NGOs take care of the casualties when you fail to do that.

  8. FEMA couldn't manage it's way out of a paper bag. It couldn't find it's arsehole with both hands. That's the point you seem to be mssing, Mr. Nik.

  9. hey nik, can't repair stupid. school bus ray nagin failed the people of no. they were warned time and time again to get out. powerful storm lays in the gulf. those floating in the street chose to float in the street, free loader!

  10. FEMA was not to blame for the aftermath in New Orleans as a result of Katrina. It was the local and state government that had not done its preparation, had not trained nor coordinated their various first-responders teams IN ADVANCE of any disaster. The governor was apparently ignorant of her duties as to how to request federal assistance (sovereign states must request the feds to step in, at least that was the law at the time). Being in Florida, I know that FEMA does a great job when it is working with a well-trained and informed state and local system of first-responders. Reminder: four major hurricanes struck Florida within a six-week period in 2004. 2005 was only a little better. People need to understand the warnings and take heed. They need to have supplies for at least 72 hours on their own with no assistance. It takes time and effort to stage the relief efforts and get the supplies in. Remember, streets are damaged or flooded or otherwise blocked (fallen trees, etc.).
    Having said that, I am still concerned about the prospect of these FEMA camps and what the feds are really expecting.

  11. Once the feds did intervene they FUBAR'ed the situation even worse. A friend who is an electrical contractor took his entire crew down to LA at his expense to help with the relief effort. Trailer loads of food, water and materials donated by companies like Wal-mart, Home Depot and Publix but put under FEMA control were allowed to rot and spoil while volunteers pleaded in vain to be allowed to distribute them to survivors.

  12. Seminole Katz says:

    More " plans " coming down the pike. " Here's your sign ".

  13. jim shipley says:

    I guess it is for the aftermath of all that ammunition they just bought

  14. Gene W 1938 says:

    There is an other message here …

    Tthere will be mass fatalities when they remove weapons from citizens via the UN small arms treaty that will be passes if BHO wins next month. Even if he does not win … the One World folk will get it implemented to execute absolute control.

  15. nik: only the uninformed would continue to blame bush for the fiasco after katrina. The national guard will never enter a danger zone for rescue. the state governor and the major of new orleans made no plans and did not call the feds in for several days after. You can conplain all you want, just make sure you complaints are justified. Oh an by the way, the money was released to the governor.

  16. Well don't forget to blame it on Nagin, he left his race buddies sweating and swimming while he high tailed his butt out of town.

  17. Rabelrouser says:

    I very rarely reply to such statements, as I tend to let them speak for themselves. Delusion of the "government knows best" ideal usually allows for the willingness to be owned and controlled by said government, hence a lack of Rights, Liberties, and Freedoms.
    When the government, by its own actions allow, and are complicit by design; of probable future events that "thin out the heard" to make abject control its main object; is not even a consideration in a free thinking(?) individuals mind, then said individual has aquesesed to allowing someone else to think for them.
    The label "(if Tea Party typical)" shows an ability to parrot a thought, nothing more.
    And if the example of government providing assistance after a natural or man made disaster is Katrina, or Jean and Francis, or others; I personally will rely on myself and others who can be forthright enough to take care of themeselves, and each other.

  18. Texas Chris says:

    With respect, "economy, debt, and unemployment" would not be an issue if the government stuck to its constitutional authorities.

    That being said, neither is "mass fatality management" a federal prevue.

  19. Texas Chris says:

    Meanwhile, I'm buying more food and ammo so I'M not one of those "mass fatalities" they're planning for…

  20. Texas Chris says:

    The first thing FEMA did in NoLa was confiscate guns. Now they're going to be in charge of corpses?

  21. Texas Chris says:

    Not all of those casualties will be those of us who refuse to give up our guns, either. Gonna be a lot of blue-helmet targets floating around.

  22. Perspective, folks. The intent of the bill is for FEMA to further engage in mass fatality preparedness efforts – something lacking nationally (likely globabally). As an emergency management professional, I can attest to this. It's not a partisan issue, it's common sense preparedness. As for the mention of religion, that's very important when dealing with mass fatalities. Each of the various religions have different requirements regarding the deceased (ie the remains must be handled by people of the same gender, burial must be within 24 hours, the deceased must face Mecca, etc.). These, to the best of the abilities of government (local to federal) need to be considered when handling a mass fatality incident. Don't worry – FEMA wants nothing to do with anyone's religion – except to listen. Mass fatality planning is extremely important – especially at the county and local level.