Federal Support for Domestic Disaster Assistance: Deployable Assets and Responders


Steward Wright (Editor)

Series: Natural Disaster Research, Prediction and Mitigation
BISAC: NAT023000

For most disasters across the nation, the affected local, state, or tribal governments have sufficient capabilities to respond to the incident. However, for disasters with consequences that require unique capabilities or that overwhelm the existing capabilities of a respective state or tribal government, Congress has authorized and appropriated a suite of deployable federal assets to support domestic disaster response operations. This book reviews several key concepts about these federal assets, and highlights possible issues Congress may consider when evaluating their authorization and appropriation.

This book also provides information that can aid policymakers as they navigate through the many levels of responsibility, and numerous policy pressure points, by having an understanding of the laws and administrative policies governing the disaster response and recovery process. The book also reviews the legislative framework that exists for providing federal assistance, as well as the implementing polices the executive branch employs to provide supplemental help to state, tribal, and local governments during time of disasters. (Imprint: Nova)


Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Chapter 1 – Deployable Federal Assets Supporting Domestic Disaster Response Operations: Summary and Considerations for Congress (pp. 1-74)
Jared T. Brown

Chapter 2 – Congressional Primer on Responding to Major Disasters and Emergencies (pp. 75-90)
Francis X. McCarthy and Jared T. Brown

Chapter 3 – FEMA‘s Disaster Declaration Process: A Primer (pp. 91-122)
Francis X. McCarthy



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