Natural Disasters and Hazards: CRS Experts

The following table provides the names and contact information for CRS experts on policy concerns relating to natural disasters and hazards in the United States. Policy areas identified include disaster assistance and recovery matters extending to impacts such as displaced residents and business, losses in agricultural production, disruptions in transportation (river, rail, and highway), problems with water treatment and supply; responses and recovery operations such as disaster declarations and federal assistance, public health provisions, federal flood insurance, agricultural disaster relief and assistance, tax relief, environmental cleanup; and mitigation efforts including emergency planning, floodplain mapping, and flood control and storm protection including efforts of the Army Corps of Engineers. Supporting agencies include FEMA and its operations under the Federal Stafford Act, and the Small Business Administration (SBA) and its disaster loan program.

Natural Disasters and Hazards: CRS Experts

Updated September 12, 2018 (R43519)

The following table provides the names and contact information for CRS experts on policy and legal issues relating to natural disasters and hazards in the United States. Policy areas identified include federal authorities related to natural disasters, specific consequences, federal disaster assistance, funding and financing, preparedness, and science.

Legislative Issues

Name/Title

Phone

Email

Federal Authorities Related to Natural Disasters

Stafford Act Declarations

[author name scrubbed]
Analyst in Emergency Management Policy

[phone number scrubbed]

[email address scrubbed]

 

[author name scrubbed]
Analyst in Emergency Management and Homeland Security Policy

[phone number scrubbed]

[email address scrubbed]

Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA)

David M. Bearden
Specialist in Environmental Policy

[phone number scrubbed]

[email address scrubbed]

Defense Production Act of 1950 (DPA)

[author name scrubbed]
Analyst in Emergency Management and Homeland Security Policy

[phone number scrubbed]

[email address scrubbed]

Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA)

David M. Bearden
Specialist in Environmental Policy

[phone number scrubbed]

[email address scrubbed]

Federal Crop Insurance Act

[author name scrubbed]
Analyst in Agricultural Policy

[phone number scrubbed]

[email address scrubbed]

National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)

[author name scrubbed]
Analyst in Environmental Policy

[phone number scrubbed]

[email address scrubbed]

National Flood Insurance Act

[author name scrubbed]
Analyst in Flood Insurance and Emergency Management

[phone number scrubbed]

[email address scrubbed]

 

[author name scrubbed]
Analyst in Emergency Management and Homeland Security Policy

[phone number scrubbed]

[email address scrubbed]

Oil Pollution Act of 1990

[author name scrubbed]
Specialist in Environmental Policy

[phone number scrubbed]

[email address scrubbed]

Posse Comitatus Act

[author name scrubbed]
Legislative Attorney

[phone number scrubbed]

[email address scrubbed]

Public Health Service Act, other public health authorities

[author name scrubbed]
Specialist in Public Health and Epidemiology

[phone number scrubbed]

[email address scrubbed]

Specific Consequences of Natural Hazards and Disasters

Debris Removal and Disposal

[author name scrubbed]
Analyst in Emergency Management and Homeland Security Policy

[phone number scrubbed]

[email address scrubbed]

 

[author name scrubbed]
Analyst in Environmental Policy

[phone number scrubbed]

[email address scrubbed]

Debris removal—marine

[author name scrubbed]
Analyst in Natural Resources Policy

[phone number scrubbed]

[email address scrubbed]

Federal Disaster Response

[author name scrubbed]
Analyst in Emergency Management and Homeland Security Policy

[phone number scrubbed]

[email address scrubbed]

 

[author name scrubbed]
Analyst in Emergency Management Policy

[phone number scrubbed]

[email address scrubbed]

Public Facility Restoration

[author name scrubbed]
Analyst in Emergency Management and Homeland Security Policy

[phone number scrubbed]

[email address scrubbed]

Public Health

Sarah Lister
Specialist in Public Health and Epidemiology

[phone number scrubbed]

[email address scrubbed]

Temporary Housing and Rental Assistance

[author name scrubbed]
Analyst in Emergency Management Policy

[phone number scrubbed]

[email address scrubbed]

Communications

 

 

 

First Responder

[author name scrubbed]
Analyst in Telecommunications Policy

[phone number scrubbed]

[email address scrubbed]

Social Media

[author name scrubbed]
Analyst in Emergency Management Policy

[phone number scrubbed]

[email address scrubbed]

Warning Systems

[author name scrubbed]
Specialist in Energy and Natural Resources Policy

[phone number scrubbed]

[email address scrubbed]

Environmental Consequences

 

 

Agriculture

[author name scrubbed]
Specialist in Agricultural Conservation and Natural Resources Policy

[phone number scrubbed]

[email address scrubbed]

Drinking Water Quality

[author name scrubbed]
Specialist in Environmental Policy

[phone number scrubbed]

[email address scrubbed]

Ecosystems

Pervaze A. Sheikh
Specialist in Natural Resources Policy

[phone number scrubbed]

[email address scrubbed]

 

[author name scrubbed]
Analyst in Natural Resources Policy

[phone number scrubbed]

[email address scrubbed]

Environmental Review/NEPA

[author name scrubbed]
Analyst in Environmental Policy

[phone number scrubbed]

[email address scrubbed]

Fisheries

[author name scrubbed]
Analyst in Natural Resources Policy

[phone number scrubbed]

[email address scrubbed]

Wildlife

[author name scrubbed]
Analyst in Natural Resources Policy

[phone number scrubbed]

[email address scrubbed]

Infrastructure

 

 

 

Electric Power

Richard Campbell
Specialist in Energy Policy

[phone number scrubbed]

[email address scrubbed]

 

Corrie A. Clark
Analyst in Energy Policy

[phone number scrubbed]

[email address scrubbed]

Fuel Supply Interruptions

Paul Parfomak
Specialist in Energy and Infrastructure Policy

[phone number scrubbed]

[email address scrubbed]

 

[author name scrubbed]
Specialist in Energy Economics

[phone number scrubbed]

[email address scrubbed]

Ports and Railroads

[author name scrubbed]
Specialist in Transportation Policy

[phone number scrubbed]

[email address scrubbed]

Earthquakes and Transportation Infrastructure

William Mallett
Specialist in Transportation Policy

[phone number scrubbed]

[email address scrubbed]

Highways and Transit

[author name scrubbed]
Specialist in Transportation Policy

[phone number scrubbed]

[email address scrubbed]

Flood Control Systems

 

 

Flood Control, Dams and Levees—Legal Issues

Cynthia Brown
Legislative Attorney

[phone number scrubbed]

[email address scrubbed]

Floodplain Mapping

[author name scrubbed]
Analyst in Flood Insurance and Emergency Management

[phone number scrubbed]

[email address scrubbed]

Levee Certification

[author name scrubbed]
Analyst in Flood Insurance and Emergency Management

[phone number scrubbed]

[email address scrubbed]

Levees, Dams, and Shore Protection

[author name scrubbed]
Specialist in Natural Resources Policy

[phone number scrubbed]

[email address scrubbed]

Federal Disaster Assistance

Stafford Act Assistance

 

 

Community Disaster Loan Program (CDL)

Jared Brown
Analyst in Homeland Security and Emergency Management Policy

[phone number scrubbed]

[email address scrubbed]

Crisis Counseling

Sarah Lister
Specialist in Public Health and Epidemiology

[phone number scrubbed]

[email address scrubbed]

Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA)

[author name scrubbed]
Specialist in Income Security

[phone number scrubbed]

[email address scrubbed]

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Emergency Response

[author name scrubbed]
Specialist in Environmental Policy

[phone number scrubbed]

[email address scrubbed]

Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP)

[author name scrubbed]
Analyst in Homeland Security and Emergency Management Policy

[phone number scrubbed]

[email address scrubbed]

 

[author name scrubbed]
Analyst in Flood Insurance and Emergency Management

[phone number scrubbed]

[email address scrubbed]

Individual and Household Program (IHP)—Housing/Other Needs Assistance

[author name scrubbed]
Analyst in Emergency Management Policy

[phone number scrubbed]

[email address scrubbed]

Public Assistance (PA)

[author name scrubbed]
Analyst in Homeland Security and Emergency Management Policy

[phone number scrubbed]

[email address scrubbed]

Non-Stafford Act Assistance

 

 

U.S. Department of Agriculture Land Rehabilitation

[author name scrubbed]
Specialist in Agricultural Conservation and Natural Resources Policy

[phone number scrubbed]

[email address scrubbed]

Bureau of Reclamation Assistance

[author name scrubbed]
Specialist in Natural Resources Policy

[phone number scrubbed]

[email address scrubbed]

Community Development Block Grant (CDBG-DR)

[author name scrubbed]
Analyst in Federalism and Economic Development Policy

[phone number scrubbed]

[email address scrubbed]

 

[author name scrubbed]
Analyst in Flood Insurance and Emergency Management

[phone number scrubbed]

[email address scrubbed]

Department of Defense and National Guard Support

[author name scrubbed]
Specialist in Military Manpower Policy

[phone number scrubbed]

[email address scrubbed]

Federal Highway and Transit

[author name scrubbed]
Specialist in Transportation Policy

[phone number scrubbed]

[email address scrubbed]

International Response to Domestic U.S. Disasters

[author name scrubbed]
Specialist in International Humanitarian Policy

[phone number scrubbed]

[email address scrubbed]

Liability for Damages

Cynthia Brown
Legislative Attorney

[phone number scrubbed]

[email address scrubbed]

National Marine Fisheries Service

[author name scrubbed]
Analyst in Natural Resources Policy

[phone number scrubbed]

[email address scrubbed]

U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development

[author name scrubbed]
Analyst in Natural Resources and Rural Development

[phone number scrubbed]

[email address scrubbed]

Small Business Administration (SBA)

[author name scrubbed]
Analyst in Emergency Management Policy

[phone number scrubbed]

[email address scrubbed]

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

[author name scrubbed]
Specialist in Natural Resources Policy

[phone number scrubbed]

[email address scrubbed]

U.S. Department of Agriculture Conservation Programs

[author name scrubbed]
Specialist in Agricultural Conservation and Natural Resources Policy

[phone number scrubbed]

[email address scrubbed]

U.S. Department of Agriculture Disaster Assistance

[author name scrubbed]
Specialist in Agricultural Conservation and Natural Resources Policy

[phone number scrubbed]

[email address scrubbed]

Funding and Financing

Disaster Relief Fund (DRF)

William L. Painter
Analyst in Emergency Management and Homeland Security Policy

[phone number scrubbed]

[email address scrubbed]

National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP)

[author name scrubbed]
Analyst in Flood Insurance and Emergency Management

[phone number scrubbed]

[email address scrubbed]

 

[author name scrubbed]
Analyst in Emergency Management and Homeland Security Policy

[phone number scrubbed]

[email address scrubbed]

Crop Insurance

[author name scrubbed]
Analyst in Agricultural Policy

[phone number scrubbed]

[email address scrubbed]

Tax Relief

[author name scrubbed]
Specialist in Public Finance

[phone number scrubbed]

[email address scrubbed]

 

[author name scrubbed]
Legislative Attorney

[phone number scrubbed]

[email address scrubbed]

Catastrophic Risk Financing

[author name scrubbed]
Analyst in Flood Insurance and Emergency Management

[phone number scrubbed]

[email address scrubbed]

Preparedness

National Strategies and Policies

[author name scrubbed]
Analyst in Emergency Management and Homeland Security Policy

[phone number scrubbed]

[email address scrubbed]

 

[author name scrubbed]
Analyst in Emergency Management Policy

[phone number scrubbed]

[email address scrubbed]

Preparedness Grant Programs

[author name scrubbed]
Analyst in Emergency Management and Homeland Security Policy

[phone number scrubbed]

[email address scrubbed]

Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM)

[author name scrubbed]
Analyst in Emergency Management and Homeland Security Policy

[phone number scrubbed]

[email address scrubbed]

 

[author name scrubbed]
Analyst in Flood Insurance and Emergency Management

[phone number scrubbed]

[email address scrubbed]

Science of Natural Hazards

Climate Variability

Jane Leggett
Specialist in Energy and Environmental Policy

[phone number scrubbed]

[email address scrubbed]

Drought

[author name scrubbed]
Specialist in Energy and Natural Resources Policy

[phone number scrubbed]

[email address scrubbed]

Earthquakes

[author name scrubbed]
Specialist in Energy and Natural Resources

[phone number scrubbed]

[email address scrubbed]

Flooding and Erosion

[author name scrubbed]
Specialist in Natural Resources Policy

[phone number scrubbed]

[email address scrubbed]

 

[author name scrubbed]
Analyst in Natural Resources Policy

[phone number scrubbed]

[email address scrubbed]

 

[author name scrubbed]
Specialist in Energy and Natural Resources

[phone number scrubbed]

[email address scrubbed]

Hurricane

[author name scrubbed]
Specialist in Energy and Natural Resources

[phone number scrubbed]

[email address scrubbed]

Satellite Technology and Observations

[author name scrubbed]
Specialist in Energy and Natural Resources Policy

[phone number scrubbed]

[email address scrubbed]

Tornadoes

[author name scrubbed]
Specialist in Energy and Natural Resources

[phone number scrubbed]

[email address scrubbed]

Wildfires

[author name scrubbed]
Specialist in Natural Resources Policy

[phone number scrubbed]

[email address scrubbed]

Author Contact Information

[author name scrubbed], Section Research Manager ([email address scrubbed], [phone number scrubbed])