A Short History of FEMA

A Short History of FEMA

FEMA has been known as the driving force of disaster relief and recovery for the American citizens. The federal emergency management agency continues to be a important feature in our society. This is a brief history. The Beginning In the 1800’s, the United States developed a division of its federal government to help aid its citizens who became victims of natural disasters. The leaders of the country then saw a need to make an emergency preparedness plan for the country and to follow through with it by means of using an organized emergency management agency. Hence FEMA was formed. FEMA in its infancy provided assistance to the American public and made strides to continually be a source of refuge for those who had been affected by Mother Nature’s wrath. The agency’s main objective and duties were disaster relief and recovery. It was to provide relief where relief was needed and help local and state officials in the recovery process. Having a disaster relief agency in place in the country was a vital move to securing the American people. The American people felt safer knowing that there was an agency ready and able to provide public assistance and relief if the need for such becomes necessary. FEMA has been subject to other agencies throughout its 200 year history. In the years spanning 1973 until 1979, FEMA was subject to the Department of Housing and Urban Development, (HUD). From the years 1979 until 2003, FEMA held to its own as an independent agency operating within the United States Federal government, but after Hurricane Katrina and the events that followed in 2005,...
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