“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.