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308.33 - Federal Emergency Management Agency/USGS Interagency Committee for Program Coordination

5/20/98

OPR: Director's Office

1. Establishment. A Memorandum of Understanding between the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), was signed November 1982. This chapter establishes a FEMA/USGS Program Coordination Committee.

2. Purpose or Function. It is in the national interest that related mission and program responsibilities of FEMA and the USGS be closely coordinated and mutually supportive. The duties and responsibilities of the FEMA/USGS Interagency Committee for Program Coordination are:

A. To coordinate disaster-reduction related activities within the full range of interface between the two agencies. These include the following areas of mutual concern, as outlined in the FEMA/USGS Memorandum of Understanding, dated November 1982.

(1) Operational response. The agencies shall develop policies and procedures that establish working relationships to insure an effective coordinated response to a potential or existing geologic or hydrologic hazard.

(2) Prediction/Warning. Develop policies and procedures for early and coordinated dissemination of information to appropriate Federal, State, and local officials related to the potential occurrence of a geologic or hydrologic hazard.

(3) Public Information and Education. Develop policies and procedures to produce, disseminate, and implement programs that provide the general public with information to use in making decisions on how to prepare for and respond to a prediction, warning or occurrence of a geologic or hydrologic hazard.

(4) Long-term Mitigation. Develop policies and procedures that support hazard assessments and mitigation techniques.

B. To coordinate related programs including, but not restricted to:

(1) The National Earthquake Loss Reduction Program (NEP) and the National Earthquake Hazard Reduction Program (NEHRP).

(2) FEMA's Flood Mapping Program and USGS technical support for it.

(3) The development of effective loss-estimation software for all major natural hazards (full development of HAZUS).

3. Representation.

Co-Chairpersons: Associate Director for Programs, USGS, and Chief of Staff, FEMA.

Executive Secretariat: Chief, Office of Program Planning and Coordination, USGS; representative as designated by Chief of Staff, FEMA.

Members: There will be equal membership from both agencies, preferably with officials at the policy level to represent specific program activities.

4. Staff. Staff and other members will be provided by the Co-Chairpersons.

5. Meetings. The Committee will meet semi-annually, or at the discretion of the Co-Chairpersons.

6. Working Groups. The Committee has the authority to establish working groups to undertake studies of interagency issues and to make decisions within the authorities delegated by the Co-Chairpersons.

7. Termination Date. None. The committee will continue to function until either party declares its abolition in writing. The charter for this Committee shall be reviewed every 3 years.


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