Major Disaster Assistance from the Disaster Relief Fund: State Profiles
Each year in the United States, various types of disasters occur across the homeland. From devastating hurricanes to mild wildfires, these disasters impact U.S. citizens on local, state, and national levels. When such disasters occur, the President is authorized to issue disaster declarations in order to financially aid communities in need. To help overcome catastrophic incidents, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) funds impacted communities through the Disaster Relief Fund (DRF). With the DRF, FEMA is able to provide those in need with timely emergency management response and recovery funding.
On January 29th, the Congressional Research Service (CRS) released a report titled, Major Disaster Assistance from the Disaster Relief Fund: State Profiles. This report, “…outlines the trend in DRF obligations for both the national and state level for the period FY2000 through FY2013.” In the report, the Congressional Research Service provides an Overview of the DRF as well as the following sections of information about disasters that have occurred in the United States since 2000:
- Major Disaster Declarations: FY2000-FY2013
- This section supplies a graph that illustrates Disaster Relief Fund Obligations for Major Disasters, FY2000-FY2013.
- Types of Assistance Provided for Major Disasters
- This section supplies a graph that illustrates Major Disaster Obligations by Assistance Type, FY2000-FY2013.
- Other Assistance Provided by the Disaster Relief Fund
- This section discusses Emergency Declarations and Fire Management Assistance Grants.
In addition to these sections and figures regarding DRF obligations, the report includes a table of Major Disaster DRF Assistance: State Profiles. The Homeland Security Digital Library (HSDL) has added all 50 state profiles plus the profile of the District of Columbia to the HSDL collection.
For more information about the DRF, make sure to review the following CRS reports of interest:
- Congressional Primer on Responding to Major Disasters and Emergencies
- FEMA’s Disaster Declaration Process: A Primer
- Federal Emergency Management: A Brief Introduction
- FEMA’s Disaster Relief Fund: Overview and Selected Issues
- Federal Stafford Act Disaster Assistance: Presidential Declarations, Eligible Activities, and Funding
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