Federal Emergency Management Agency

Title

Federal Emergency Management Agency

Description

"The Federal Emergency Management Agency is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from and mitigate all domestic disasters, whether natural or man-made, including acts of terror.

President Carter's 1979 executive order merged many of the separate disaster-related responsibilities into the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Among other agencies, FEMA absorbed: 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 and the Federal Disaster Assistance Administration activities from HUD. Civil defense responsibilities were also transferred to the new agency from the Defense Department's Defense Civil Preparedness Agency.

In 2001, the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11th focused the agency on issues of national preparedness and homeland security, and tested the agency in unprecedented ways. The agency coordinated its activities with the newly formed Office of Homeland Security, and FEMA's Office of National Preparedness was given responsibility for helping to ensure that the nation's first responders were trained and equipped to deal with weapons of mass destruction.

In March 2003, FEMA joined 22 other federal agencies, programs and offices in becoming the Department of Homeland Security. The new department, headed by Secretary Tom Ridge, brought a coordinated approach to national security from emergencies and disasters - both natural and man-made.

On October 4, 2006, President George W. Bush signed into law the Post-Katrina Emergency Reform Act. The act significantly reorganized FEMA, provided it substantial new authority to remedy gaps that became apparent in the response to Hurricane Katrina in August 2005, the most devastating natural disaster in U.S. history, and included a more robust preparedness mission for FEMA.

As of October 8, 2011, FEMA has 7,474 employees across the country – at Headquarters, the ten regional offices, the National Emergency Training Center, Center for Domestic Preparedness/Noble Training Center and other locations."

Creator

FEMA

Date

No date given

Source

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/6/67/FEMA_logo.svg/1580px-FEMA_logo.svg.png

Relation

Rights

Source: About the Agency. (2012, October 14). Federal Emergency Management Agency. Retrieved, February 10, 2013, from http://www.fema.gov/about

Publisher

FEMA

Contributor

FEMA

Format

Medium: Logo, Link: FEMA logo

Language

English

Type

Organization

Identifier

DHS, Emergency, FEMA, Security, Terrorism

Coverage

United States

Files

1024px-FEMA_logo.svg.png

Reference

FEMA, Federal Emergency Management Agency, FEMA, No date given

Cite As

FEMA, “Federal Emergency Management Agency,” Virtual Museum of Public Service, accessed December 1, 2022, https://vmps.omeka.net/items/show/145.