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Medical Preparedness Allowable Use Act introduced

from IAEM

Representative Gus Bilirakis (R-FL) on April 26, 2013, introduced the Medical Preparedness Allowable Use Act (H.R. 1791). The bill enhances medical preparedness, medical surge capacity, and mass prophylaxis capabilities by providing funding under existing grant guidance authorizing the use of Urban Area Security Initiative and State Homeland Security Grant Program funding. The Emergency Services Coalition for Medical Preparedness supports this legislation and sent a letter of support noting that "The events of the last two weeks again demonstrate the need for immediate, at hand protections for our personnel and their families and households." Pre-event medical caches have been provided for federal workers and hundreds of postal employees. "This bill addresses the lack of protection for the millions of local and state protectors who daily provide law enforcement, public works, emergency management, fire, rescue and emergency medical services." IAEM participates as a founding member of the coalition. The bill has been referred to the House Committee on Homeland Security. For more information email Coalition Advisor Tim Stephens. more

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