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Most of the text is devoted to emergency preparedness, response, recovery, and first-responder issues, especially as they pertain to the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Emergency Preparedness and Response Directorate of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
About 2,500 full-time employees in the Emergency Preparedness and Response Directorate are supplemented by more than 5,000 stand-by disaster reservists.
Schroeder managed the Emergency Preparedness and Response Directorate and the United States Coast Guard accounts within the appropriations bill and was called upon for recommendations on the needs of the agencies within the Department of Homeland Security.