“It is critical that we adhere to these guidelines to ensure that we are able to continue our ongoing and future response and recovery efforts,” FEMA said in a statement.
FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate said in May the agency’s disaster relief fund was running low, just above $1 billion.
The Hill reports the White House is requesting Congress pass a disaster funding bill, saying it is necessary to get the government running through Oct. 1, 2012. However, Democrats and Republicans disagree on whether to offset the emergency funds with other spending cuts.
The U.S. has already suffered nine natural disasters costing a billion dollars each this year. That ties 2008 for the most billion-dollar disasters on record since 1980.
The Government Accountability Office has found that the U.S. Air Force intends to start fielding in fiscal 2020 new Combat Rescue Helicopters to replace aging HH-60G Pave Hawk helicopters that have recorded the most flight time when it comes to staff recovery missions. GAO said in a report published Thursday the service will initially deploy the new helicopters to the active component six years ahead of the reserve component and to the Air National Guard by 2027.