42 U.S. Code § 5165d. Designation of Small State and Rural Advocate

(a) In general

The President shall designate in the Federal Emergency Management Agency a Small State and Rural Advocate.

(b) Responsibilities

The Small State and Rural Advocate shall be an advocate for the fair treatment of small States and rural communities in the provision of assistance under this chapter.

(c) DutiesThe Small State and Rural Advocate shall—
(1)
participate in the disaster declaration process under section 5170 of this title and the emergency declaration process under section 5191 of this title, to ensure that the needs of rural communities are being addressed;
(2)
assist small population States in the preparation of requests for major disaster or emergency declarations; and
(3)
conduct such other activities as the Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency considers appropriate.
References in Text

This chapter, referred to in subsec. (b), was in the original “this Act”, meaning Pub. L. 93–288, May 22, 1974, 88 Stat. 143. For complete classification of this Act to the Code, see Short Title note set out under section 5121 of this title and Tables.

Amendments

2011—Subsec. (c)(3). Pub. L. 111–351 substituted “Administrator” for “Director”.

Construction

Pub. L. 109–295, title VI, § 689g(c), Oct. 4, 2006, 120 Stat. 1453, provided that:

“Nothing in this section [enacting this section] or the amendments made by this section shall be construed to authorize major disaster or emergency assistance that is not authorized as of the date of enactment of this Act [Oct. 4, 2006].”