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Disaster Response and Recovery

Every year, disasters put millions of Americans in danger and destroy billions of dollars worth of property. But every year, all year, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is on the job —as part of a team helping communities reduce their risk, helping emergency officials prepare for all hazards, and helping people get back on their feet after their lives are disrupted by a disaster.

Supporting Communities Affected by Disasters

FEMA coordinates federal operational and logistical disaster response capability needed to save and sustain lives, minimize suffering, and protect property in a timely and effective manner in communities that become overwhelmed by disasters.

Responding to Disasters and Helping to Recover  

FEMA assists in community recovery through a number of channels, including obligating monetary aid for both individual assistance and public assistance.

Individual assistance may include housing, crisis counseling, legal services, disaster case management, and unemployment assistance, among other services.

Public Assistance may include reimbursement to clear debris and rebuild roads, schools, libraries, and other public facilities.

Last Published Date: March 9, 2018

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Jan 3

This week, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Kirstjen M. Nielsen traveled to California to tour areas impacted by the devastating wildfires. In California, Secretary Nielsen pledged the federal government’s support to help rebuild affected communities.

Dec 20

Yesterday, Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen M. Nielsen traveled to Puerto Rico to discuss Hurricane Maria recovery efforts. Secretary Nielsen was joined by Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson. Secretaries Nielsen and Carson met with Governor Ricardo Rosselló, local mayors, and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) employees.

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