Public Assistance: Number of Declarations Per Calendar Year since 1998

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Bar graph of emergency and major disaster declarations per calendar year from 1998 to 2012

Major disaster: Any natural catastrophe (including any hurricane, tornado, storm, high water, winddriven water, tidal wave, tsunami, earthquake, volcanic eruption, landslide, mudslide, snowstorm, or drought), or, regardless of cause, any fire, flood, or explosion, in any part of the United States, which in the determination of the President causes damage of sufficient severity and magnitude to warrant major disaster assistance under the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, 42 U.S.C. §5121 et seq., to supplement the efforts and available resources of States, local governments, and disaster relief organizations in alleviating the damage, loss, hardship, or suffering caused thereby.

Emergency: Any occasion or instance for which, in the determination of the President, Federal assistance is needed to supplement State and local efforts and capabilities to save lives and to protect property and public health and safety, or to lessen or avert the threat of a catastrophe in any part of the United States.

Annual Number of Presidential declarations for FEMA's Public Assistance Program
YearMajor DisasterEmergency
19986015
19995020
2000456
20014511
2002490
20035619
2004687
20054868
2006525
20076313
20087517
2009597
2010819
20119929
20124416
Avg:6017

 

Last Updated: 
12/10/2012 - 22:03