Emergency Management: A Reference Handbook

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Data and Documents

The purpose of this chapter is to permit readers to gather key facts and data about the function of emergency management in the United States by providing excerpts from government authorizations and other published statements that articulate the federal government’s emergency management role. In particular, portions of key executive orders, legislation, and Congressional testimony are provided, which speak to the responsibilities, corresponding authorities, and challenges facing federal emergency management officials and organizations in the United States today.


Key Executive Orders and Legislation

In this section, readers will have the opportunity to review the text of key executive orders and legislation that have authorized and guided the delivery of federal emergency management activities in the United States in the past three decades. Specifically, the 1979 Executive Order 12127 (which created FEMA), portions of the Stafford Relief and Emergency Assistance Act of 1988 (which granted FEMA statutory authority), and portions of the Homeland Security Act of 2002 are reprinted below. The Stafford Act is an especially lengthy piece of legislation. Many important elements of the law have been left out of the excerpt below due to length constraints. Elements covered by the act but not provided below include various criteria defining federal mitigation efforts, as well as provisions of the law that permit

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page v
  • Contents ix
  • Preface xiii
  • 1 - Background and History 1
  • 2 - Problems, Controversies, and Solutions 33
  • 3 - Worldwide Perspective 73
  • 4 - Chronology 105
  • 5 - Biographical Sketches 129
  • 6 - Data and Documents 155
  • 7 - Directory of Organizations 199
  • 8 - Resources 237
  • Glossary 267
  • Index 277
  • About the Author 293
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