"FEMA [Federal Emergency Management Agency] has determined through experience that the majority of the typical recurring actions proposed for funding, and for which an EA is required, can be grouped by type of action or location. These groups of actions can be evaluated in a Programmatic Environmental Assessment (PEA) for compliance with NEPA [National Environmental Policy Act of 1969] and its implementing regulations without the need to develop and produce a time-consuming, stand-alone EA for every action. This PEA evaluates typical recurring actions undertaken by FEMA within the State of California in preparation for, and in the wake of, disasters. The purpose of this document is to facilitate FEMA's compliance with NEPA by providing a framework to address the impacts of actions typically funded in response to flood, earthquake, fire, rain, and wind disasters and to prevent future disasters resulting from these types of events. This PEA also provides the public and decision-makers with the information required to understand and evaluate the potential environmental consequences of these actions. In addition to meeting the goals of impact identification and disclosure, this PEA addresses the need to streamline the NEPA review process in the interest of FEMA's primary mission of disaster response, recovery, and mitigation. This PEA applies immediately to all actions described in Section 2 of this document that have been proposed for FEMA funding under all open declared flood, earthquake, fire, rain, and wind disasters in California. Open declared disasters are defined as disasters for which FEMA is still providing federal assistance under the Stafford Act."
Federal Emergency Management Agency: http://www.fema.gov/