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The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) was established in 1979 through an executive order that merged several disaster response agencies and functions. FEMA took on the functions of the Federal Insurance Administration, the National Fire Prevention and Control Administration, the National Weather Service Community Preparedness Program, the Federal Preparedness Agency of the General Services Administration, the Federal Disaster Assistance Administration activities from the Department of Housing and Urban Development, and Defense Civil Preparedness Agency. In 2003, FEMA became part of the newly-created Department of Homeland Security.
Books about the agency:
The Federal Emergency Management Agency by
Call Number: MAIN HV555.U6 F43 2002
Publication Date: 2002
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) assists states and localities overwhelmed by, or at risk from, disasters. FEMA also co-ordinates emergency management activities and planning for the continuity of government should national security be threatened. Since 1979 FEMA has administered a range of authorities that enable the agency to serve as the primary source of federal, technical, and financial assistance for emergency management. Among the types of aid provided through FEMA programs are grants and material to help disaster victims meet pressing needs such as food and shelter, education and training programs to improve the response capabilities of non-federal officials, and mobile communications equipment. FEMA exercises little regulatory authority, but directives that underlie the agency's mission authorise the agency to establish standards for reconstruction of buildings after a disaster declaration is issued, for the construction of federal buildings in earthquake-prone areas, and for the operation of first responder equipment. FEMA has responded to, and has helped communities prepare for, terrorist attacks in the United States. The Office of Homeland Security (OHS), established by President Bush subsequent to the attacks in 2001, has a similar, but more encompassing, mission related to disasters caused by terrorist actions. Congressional debate on the contours and framework for federal administration of homeland security might include consideration of FEMA's mission, the extent to which that mission overlaps with the assignments given the new OHS, and a new structure or set of authorities for that agency.
Government Documents holds a partial collection of FEMA publications, including the following series:
Flood insurance studies (FEM 1.209/ or HS 5.116/)
Flood maps are also available online through the Flood Map Insurance Center.
Publications from 2005-present are fully cataloged. Approximately 20 percent of publications issued prior to 2005 are listed in OneSearch.
We have many Congressional hearings, reports, and documents about disasters, emergency preparedness, civil defense, and related topics.
Search for these using ProQuest Congressional
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