The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) was created on April 1, 1979 via an executive order by President Jimmy Carter. FEMA’s mission is to support the United States’ Citizens and first responders. The Federal Emergency Management Agency coordinates the federal government’s role in preparing for, preventing, mitigating the effects of, responding to, and recovering from all domestic disasters, whether natural or man-made, including acts of terror.
FEMA keeps a list of all of the federally declared disasters on its website. The list is called the ‘FEMA Disaster Declarations Summary‘ and goes all the way back to the first disaster declaration in 1953.
Below is a data visualization that includes an interactive map of all the data from this dataset. First, I want to give a brief explanation of some of the terms in the data. There are four programs that are available to be used in relief efforts – IH Program, IA Program, PA Program, and the HM Program.
- IH Program – denotes whether the Individuals and Households Program was declared for this disaster.
- IA Program – denotes whether the Individual Assistance Program was declared for this disaster.
- PA Program – denotes whether the Public Assistance Program was declared for this disaster.
- HM Program – denotes whether the Hazard Mitigation Program was declared for this disaster.
You are viewing this page on a small screen. While the interactive map is fully functional, your ability navigate may be limited due to the small screen.