Post Katrina Emergency Management Reform Act of 2006 Law and Legal Definition

The Post-Katrina Emergency Management Reform Act of 2006 was signed into law by the U.S. President on October 4, 2006. It was enacted to address various shortcomings identified in the preparation for and response to Hurricane Katrina. The Act established new leadership positions and position requirements within the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), brought new missions into FEMA and restored some that had previously been removed, and enhanced the agency’s authority by directing the FEMA Administrator to undertake a broad range of activities before and after disasters occur. The Post-Katrina Act contains provisions that set out new law, amend the Homeland Security Act (HSA), and modify the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (the Stafford Act). The Act enhances FEMA's responsibilities and its autonomy within Department of Homeland Security. FEMA is to lead and support the nation in a risk-based, comprehensive emergency management system of preparedness, protection, response, recovery, and mitigation.