[United States Statutes at Large, Volume 120, 109th Congress, 2nd Session]
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120 STAT. 1725

Public Law 109-308
109th Congress

An Act


 
To amend the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance
Act to ensure that State and local emergency preparedness operational
plans address the needs of individuals with household pets and service
animals following a major disaster or emergency. NOTE: Oct. 6,
2006 -  [H.R. 3858]

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the
United States of America in Congress NOTE: Pets Evacuation
and Transportation Standards Act of 2006. 42 USC 5121 note. assembled,
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

This Act may be cited as the ``Pets Evacuation and Transportation
Standards Act of 2006''.
SEC. 2. STANDARDS FOR STATE AND LOCAL EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS
OPERATIONAL PLANS.

Section 613 of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency
Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. 5196b) is amended--
(1) by redesignating subsection (g) as subsection (h); and
(2) by inserting after subsection (f) the following:

``(g) Standards for State and Local Emergency Preparedness
Operational Plans.--In approving standards for State and local emergency
preparedness operational plans pursuant to subsection (b)(3), the
Director shall ensure that such plans take into account the needs of
individuals with household pets and service animals prior to, during,
and following a major disaster or emergency.''.
SEC. 3. EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS MEASURES OF THE DIRECTOR.

Section 611 of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency
Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. 5196) is amended--
(1) in subsection (e)--
(A) in paragraph (2), by striking ``and'' at the
end;
(B) in paragraph (3), by striking the period and
inserting ``; and''; and
(C) by adding at the end the following:
``(4) plans that take into account the needs of individuals
with pets and service animals prior to, during, and following a
major disaster or emergency.''; and
(2) in subsection (j)--
(A) by redesignating paragraphs (2) through (8) as
paragraphs (3) through (9), respectively; and
(B) by inserting after paragraph (1) the following:
``(2) The Director may make financial contributions, on the
basis of programs or projects approved by the Director, to the
States and local authorities for animal emergency

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preparedness purposes, including the procurement, construction,
leasing, or renovating of emergency shelter facilities and
materials that will accommodate people with pets and service
animals.''.
SEC. 4. PROVIDING ESSENTIAL ASSISTANCE TO INDIVIDUALS WITH
HOUSEHOLD PETS AND SERVICE ANIMALS FOLLOWING A
DISASTER.

Section 403(a)(3) of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and
Emergency Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. 5170b(a)(3)) is amended--
(1) in subparagraph (H), by striking ``and'' at the end;
(2) in subparagraph (I), by striking the period and
inserting ``; and''; and
(3) by adding at the end the following:
``(J) provision of rescue, care, shelter, and
essential needs--
``(i) to individuals with household pets and
service animals; and
``(ii) to such pets and animals.''.

Approved October 6, 2006.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY--H.R. 3858:
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CONGRESSIONAL RECORD, Vol. 152 (2006):
May 22, considered and passed House.
Aug. 3, considered and passed Senate, amended.
Sept. 20, House concurred in Senate amendment.