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How is a Major Disaster Declared in US?


How is a Major Disaster Declared in US?

  • A state's governor determines recovery is beyond the resources of state and local governments
  • FEMA works with the state to assess damage
  • Assessment looks at effect on people and businesses, number of people displaced, threat to public health, impact on infrastructure
  • By declaring a major disaster, the federal government can supplement recovery efforts ad make funding available
  • Assistance includes grants for temporary housing and low-cost loans
Source: White House, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
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