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  • Main Title FEMA's Disaster Declaration Process: A Primer


  • Author: Francis X. McCarthy
    Creator Type: Personal
    Creator Info: Analyst in Emergency Management Policy


  • Name: Library of Congress. Congressional Research Service.
    Place of Publication: Washington D.C.


  • Creation: 2011-05-18


  • English


  • Content Description: The Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (referred to as the Stafford Act - 42 U.S.C. 5721 et seq.) authorizes the President to issue "major disaster" or "emergency" declarations before or after catastrophes occur. Emergency declarations trigger aid that protects property, public health, and safety and lessens or averts the threat of an incident becoming a catastrophic event. A major disaster declaration, issued after catastrophes occur, constitutes broader authority for federal agencies to provide supplemental assistance to help state and local governments, families and individuals, and certain nonprofit organizations recover from the incident.
  • Physical Description: 25 pages.


  • Legislative Indexing Vocabulary: Emergency assistance
  • Legislative Indexing Vocabulary: Emergency assistance Act
  • Legislative Indexing Vocabulary: Emergency Management
  • Legislative Indexing Vocabulary: Emergency management policy
  • Legislative Indexing Vocabulary: Disaster


  • Place Name: United States


  • Name: Congressional Research Service Reports
    Code: CRSR


  • Name: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department
    Code: UNTGD

Resource Type

  • Report


  • Text


  • CRS Report Number: RL34146
  • Accession or Local Control No: RL34146_2011May18
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc40228