After natural disasters hit, white survivors and those with higher incomes are often more likely to receive help from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, studies and reports show.
The disparities are the target of legislation introduced Thursday to make FEMA’s disaster response more equitable. The bill, sponsored by House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., would require FEMA to center equity in its programs and change the way it collects data to flag and fix disparities.
The bill would also require the Government Accountability Office to review whether the criteria FEMA uses to consider states’ requests for help affect “equity for underserved communities.”
The legislation follows an NBC News ana
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