Citizendium - a community developing a quality, comprehensive compendium of knowledge, online and free.
Click here to join and contribute
CZ thanks our previous donors. Donate here. Treasurer's Financial Report

Stafford Act

From Citizendium
Jump to: navigation, search
This article is developing and not approved.
Main Article
Related Articles  [?]
Bibliography  [?]
External Links  [?]
Citable Version  [?]
This editable Main Article is under development and subject to a disclaimer.

The Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act of 1988, (42 U.S. Code 5191)[1] is the principal legal authority for U.S. Federal responses to domestic disasters. Its full invocation requires a Presidential proclamation of a disaster, which then authorizes the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to respond. [2]

One of the key attributes of invoking the Act is that FEMA can draw on a preestablished disaster assistance fund, without waiting for explicit Congressional legislation.