[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 146 (Monday, July 30, 2012)]
[Pages 44647-44648]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-18574]



Federal Emergency Management Agency

[Docket ID: FEMA-2012-0024; OMB Number 1660-0108]

Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; 
Comment Request, National Emergency Family Registry and Locator System 

AGENCY: Federal Emergency Management Agency, DHS.

ACTION: Notice.


SUMMARY: The Federal Emergency Management Agency, as part of its 
continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, invites 
the general public and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity 
to comment on a revision of a currently approved information 
collection. In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, 
this notice seeks comments concerning the FEMA National Emergency 
Family Registry and Locator System (NEFRLS), which allows adults that 
have been displaced by a Presidentially-declared disaster or emergency 
to reunify with their families.

DATES: Comments must be submitted on or before September 28, 2012.

ADDRESSES: To avoid duplicate submissions to the docket, please use 
only one of the following means to submit comments:
    (1) Online. Submit comments at www.regulations.gov under Docket ID 
FEMA-2012-0024. Follow the instructions for submitting comments.
    (2) Mail. Submit written comments to Docket Manager, Office of 
Chief Counsel, DHS/FEMA, 500 C Street SW., Room 835, Washington, DC 
    (3) Facsimile. Submit comments to (703) 483-2999.
    All submissions received must include the agency name and Docket 
ID. Regardless of the method used for submitting comments or material, 
all submissions will be posted, without change, to the Federal 
eRulemaking Portal at http://www.regulations.gov, and will include any 
personal information you provide. Therefore, submitting this 
information makes it public. You may wish to read the Privacy Act 
notice that is available via the link in the footer of 

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Earnest Poindexter, Information 
Technology Specialist, Recovery Directorate, Individual Assistance 
Division, (202) 212-4883. You may contact the Records Management 
Division for copies of the proposed collection of information at 
facsimile number (202) 646-3347 or email address: FEMA-Information-Collections-Management@dhs.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Post-Katrina Emergency Management Reform 
Act of 2006, in Title VI of the DHS Appropriations Act of 2007 (the 
Post Katrina Reform Act), Public Law 109-295, Section 689c, 120 Stat. 
1355 at 1451 is the legal basis for FEMA to provide a National 
Emergency Family Registry and Locator System (NEFRLS). NEFRLS allows 
adults (including medical patients), that have been displaced by a 
Presidentially-declared major disaster or emergency, to voluntarily 
register by submitting personal information to be entered into a 
database that could be used by others to help reunify them with their 
families. Children who are traveling with their families during a 
Presidentially-declared major disaster or emergency can be listed in 
NEFRLS. NEFRLS allows a registrant to designate up to 7 individuals who 
are authorized to search for and access the registrant's information in 
the system. The ability to list children within NEFRLS is only to 
indicate which family members are together and safe.

Collection of Information

    Title: National Emergency Family Registry and Locator System.
    Type of Information Collection: Revision of a currently approved 
information collection.
    OMB Number: 1660-0108.
    Form Titles and Numbers: None.
    Abstract: NEFRLS is a Web-based database enabling FEMA to provide a 
nationally available and recognized database allowing adults (including 
medical patients) that have been displaced by a Presidentially-declared 
major disaster or emergency to voluntarily register via the Internet or 
a toll-free number. This database will then allow designated 
individuals to search for displaced friends, family, and household 
    Affected Public: Individuals and households.
    Number of Respondents: 56,000.
    Number of Responses: NEFRLS Tele-registration: 42,000; NEFRLS 
Internet Registration: 14,000.
    Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 4,600 hours.
    Estimated Cost: There are no annual record keeping, capital, 
startup, nor maintenance costs associated with this information 


    Comments may be submitted as indicated in the ADDRESSES caption 
above. Comments are solicited to (a) evaluate whether the proposed data 
collection is necessary for the proper performance of the agency, 
including whether the information shall have practical utility; (b) 
evaluate the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the 
proposed collection of information, including the validity of the 
methodology and assumptions used; (c) enhance the quality, utility, and 
clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) minimize the burden 
of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including 
through the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or 
other technological collection techniques or other forms of information 

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e.g., permitting electronic submission of responses.

    Dated: July 24, 2012.
Charlene D. Myrthil,
Director, Records Management Division, Mission Support Bureau, Federal 
Emergency Management Agency, Department of Homeland Security.
[FR Doc. 2012-18574 Filed 7-27-12; 8:45 am]