Text: H.R.5643 — 114th Congress (2015-2016)All Information (Except Text)

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Introduced in House (07/06/2016)


114th CONGRESS
2d Session
H. R. 5643


To amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to provide for active shooter and mass casualty incident response assistance, and for other purposes.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

July 6, 2016

Ms. Duckworth introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Homeland Security, and in addition to the Committees on the Judiciary, and Transportation and Infrastructure, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned


A BILL

To amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to provide for active shooter and mass casualty incident response assistance, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the “Active Shooter Preparedness Enhancement Act of 2016”.

SEC. 2. Active shooter and mass casualty incident response assistance.

(a) In general.—Subtitle H of title VIII of the Homeland Security Act of 2002 (6 U.S.C. 451 et seq.) is amended by adding at the end the following new section:

“SEC. 890B. Active shooter and mass casualty incident response assistance.

“(a) In general.—The Secretary, in consultation with the Attorney General and the heads of other Federal agencies as appropriate, shall develop and make available to State, local, tribal, territorial, private sector, and nongovernmental partners guidance to assist in the development of emergency action and response plans for active shooter and mass casualty incidents in public and private locations, including facilities that have been identified by the Department as potentially vulnerable targets.

“(b) Guidance described.—Guidance developed and provided pursuant to subsection (a) may relate to the development of the following:

“(1) A strategy for properly responding to an active shooter or mass casualty incident in a public or private location, including evacuating and providing care to persons in such location, with consideration given to the needs of persons with disabilities.

“(2) A plan for establishing a unified command, including identification of staging areas for law enforcement, fire response, and medical personnel.

“(3) A schedule for regular testing of equipment used to receive communications during such an incident.

“(4) A practiced method and plan to communicate with occupants of such location during such an incident.

“(5) A practiced method and plan to communicate with the surrounding community regarding such an incident and the needs of Federal, State, and local officials.

“(6) A plan for coordinating with volunteer organizations to expedite assistance for victims.

“(7) A schedule for joint exercises and training.

“(8) A plan for outreach to facilities that have been identified by the Department as potentially vulnerable targets.

“(9) Other planning documents, as determined by the Secretary, including appropriate regionally focused products, plans, training, and outreach.”.

(b) Clerical amendment.—The table of contents of the Homeland Security Act of 2002 is amended by inserting after the item relating to section 890A the following new item:


“Sec. 890B. Active shooter and mass casualty incident response assistance.”.

SEC. 3. Law enforcement training for mass casualty and active shooter incidents.

Paragraph (2) of section 2006(a) of the Homeland Security Act of 2002 (6 U.S.C. 607(a)) is amended—

(1) by redesignating subparagraphs (E) through (I) as subparagraphs (F) through (J), respectively; and

(2) by inserting after subparagraph (D) the following new subparagraph:

    “(E) training exercises to enhance preparedness for and response to mass casualty and active shooter incidents and security events at public and private locations;”.

SEC. 4. Consideration of active shooter threats.

Subsection (b) of section 2007 of the Homeland Security Act of 2002 (6 U.S.C. 608) is amended—

(1) by redesignating paragraph (9) as paragraph (10); and

(2) by inserting after paragraph (8) the following new paragraph:

“(9) Active shooters.”.