This bill — the Homeland Security for Children Act — would require the Dept. of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Office of Strategy, Policy, and Plans to review and incorporate policy feedback from organizations representing the needs of children into DHS policy. Additionally, it would direct the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to identify and integrate the needs of children into activities to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate against the risk of natural disaster, acts of terrorism, and other man-made disasters. FEMA would appoint a technical expert to coordinate such integration.
- Not enactedThe President has not signed this bill
- The senate has not voted
- The house Passed February 10th, 2020Roll Call Vote 374 Yea / 11 NayIntroducedMay 22nd, 2019
What is House Bill H.R. 2932?
Cost of House Bill H.R. 2932
In-Depth: Rep. Donald Payne (D-NJ) reintroduced this legislation to incorporate children’s needs into disaster preparedness planning:
“The unique needs of children — physical, mental, and emotional — are too often an afterthought when it comes to disaster preparedness planning. When those needs aren’t considered, children are put at greater risk of both harm during an emergency and of long-term trauma. Children are the most vulnerable during disasters, and emergency planning must reflect that. By incorporating the needs of children into all disaster preparedness efforts at the Department of Homeland Security, this bill takes an important step to ensuring our children are safe from harm.”
Summary by Eric Revell(Photo Credit: FEMA / Public Domain)