6 U.S.C. § 313 : US Code - Section 313: Federal Emergency Management Agency

Search 6 U.S.C. § 313 : US Code - Section 313: Federal Emergency Management Agency

    (a) In general
      There is in the Department the Federal Emergency Management
    Agency, headed by an Administrator.
    (b) Mission
      (1) Primary mission
        The primary mission of the Agency is to reduce the loss of life
      and property and protect the Nation from all hazards, including
      natural disasters, acts of terrorism, and other man-made
      disasters, by leading and supporting the Nation in a risk-based,
      comprehensive emergency management system of preparedness,
      protection, response, recovery, and mitigation.
      (2) Specific activities
        In support of the primary mission of the Agency, the
      Administrator shall - 
          (A) lead the Nation's efforts to prepare for, protect
        against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate against the
        risk of natural disasters, acts of terrorism, and other man-
        made disasters, including catastrophic incidents;
          (B) partner with State, local, and tribal governments and
        emergency response providers, with other Federal agencies, with
        the private sector, and with nongovernmental organizations to
        build a national system of emergency management that can
        effectively and efficiently utilize the full measure of the
        Nation's resources to respond to natural disasters, acts of
        terrorism, and other man-made disasters, including catastrophic
        incidents;
          (C) develop a Federal response capability that, when
        necessary and appropriate, can act effectively and rapidly to
        deliver assistance essential to saving lives or protecting or
        preserving property or public health and safety in a natural
        disaster, act of terrorism, or other man-made disaster;
          (D) integrate the Agency's emergency preparedness,
        protection, response, recovery, and mitigation responsibilities
        to confront effectively the challenges of a natural disaster,
        act of terrorism, or other man-made disaster;
          (E) develop and maintain robust Regional Offices that will
        work with State, local, and tribal governments, emergency
        response providers, and other appropriate entities to identify
        and address regional priorities;
          (F) under the leadership of the Secretary, coordinate with
        the Commandant of the Coast Guard, the Director of Customs and
        Border Protection, the Director of Immigration and Customs
        Enforcement, the National Operations Center, and other agencies
        and offices in the Department to take full advantage of the
        substantial range of resources in the Department;
          (G) provide funding, training, exercises, technical
        assistance, planning, and other assistance to build tribal,
        local, State, regional, and national capabilities (including
        communications capabilities), necessary to respond to a natural
        disaster, act of terrorism, or other man-made disaster; and
          (H) develop and coordinate the implementation of a risk-
        based, all-hazards strategy for preparedness that builds those
        common capabilities necessary to respond to natural disasters,
        acts of terrorism, and other man-made disasters while also
        building the unique capabilities necessary to respond to
        specific types of incidents that pose the greatest risk to our
        Nation.
    (c) Administrator
      (1) In general
        The Administrator shall be appointed by the President, by and
      with the advice and consent of the Senate.
      (2) Qualifications
        The Administrator shall be appointed from among individuals who
      have - 
          (A) a demonstrated ability in and knowledge of emergency
        management and homeland security; and
          (B) not less than 5 years of executive leadership and
        management experience in the public or private sector.
      (3) Reporting
        The Administrator shall report to the Secretary, without being
      required to report through any other official of the Department.
      (4) Principal advisor on emergency management
        (A) In general
          The Administrator is the principal advisor to the President,
        the Homeland Security Council, and the Secretary for all
        matters relating to emergency management in the United States.
        (B) Advice and recommendations
          (i) In general
            In presenting advice with respect to any matter to the
          President, the Homeland Security Council, or the Secretary,
          the Administrator shall, as the Administrator considers
          appropriate, inform the President, the Homeland Security
          Council, or the Secretary, as the case may be, of the range
          of emergency preparedness, protection, response, recovery,
          and mitigation options with respect to that matter.
          (ii) Advice on request
            The Administrator, as the principal advisor on emergency
          management, shall provide advice to the President, the
          Homeland Security Council, or the Secretary on a particular
          matter when the President, the Homeland Security Council, or
          the Secretary requests such advice.
          (iii) Recommendations to Congress
            After informing the Secretary, the Administrator may make
          such recommendations to Congress relating to emergency
          management as the Administrator considers appropriate.
      (5) Cabinet status
        (A) In general
          The President may designate the Administrator to serve as a
        member of the Cabinet in the event of natural disasters, acts
        of terrorism, or other man-made disasters.
        (B) Retention of authority
          Nothing in this paragraph shall be construed as affecting the
        authority of the Secretary under this chapter.