(October 5, 2012) FEMA To Mobilize For "Mass Fatality Planning"
The United States Congress has passed a bill which mandates the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to prepare for "mass fatality planning" and funeral homes, cemeteries and mortuaries being "overwhelmed" in the aftermath of a mass terror attack, natural disaster or other crisis.
The bill, H. R. 6566 or the Mass Fatality Planning and Religious Considerations Act, was posted on the govtrack.us website this morning having been approved by the House on September 28.
The legislation amends the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to direct FEMA to "provide guidance and coordination for mass fatality planning, and for other purposes."
Noting the necessity for emergency preparedness in relation to terror attacks, natural disasters and man-made disasters, the bill instructs FEMA to be sensitive to the fact that Jews and Muslims require bodies to be buried within 48 hours of death.
"Funeral homes, cemeteries, and mortuaries could be overwhelmed should mass fatalities arise from a natural disaster, act of terrorism, or other man-made disaster," states the legislation.