This page documents the metadata for the Disaster Declarations Summaries API data feed.
FEMA Disaster Declarations Summary is a summarized dataset describing all federally declared disasters. This dataset lists all official FEMA Disaster Declarations, beginning with the first disaster declaration in 1953 and features all three disaster declaration types: major disaster, emergency, and fire management assistance. The dataset includes declared recovery programs and geographic areas (county not available before 1964; Fire Management records are considered partial due to historical nature of the dataset).
Please note the unique structure of the disaster sequencing (due to a numbering system that originated in the 1950's-1970's):
0001-1999 Major Disaster Declaration
2000-2999 Fire Management
3000-3999 Emergency Declaration (Special Emergency)
4000- Major Disaster Declaration
This is raw, unedited data from FEMA's National Emergency Management Information System (NEMIS) and as such is subject to a small percentage of human error. The dataset is primarily composed of historical data that was manually entered into NEMIS after it launched in 1998. The financial information is derived from NEMIS and not FEMA's official financial systems.
Due to differences in reporting periods, status of obligations, and how business rules are applied, this financial information may differ slightly from official publication on public websites such as usaspending.gov. This dataset is not intended to be used for any official federal financial reporting.
If you have media inquiries about this dataset, please email the FEMA News Desk FEMA-News-Desk@dhs.gov or call (202) 646-3272. For inquiries about FEMA's data and Open government program, please contact the OpenFEMA team via email OpenFEMA@fema.dhs.gov.
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|femaDeclarationString||FEMA Declaration String||string||Agency standard method for uniquely identifying Stafford Act declarations - Concatenation of declaration type, disaster number and state code. Ex: DR-4393-NC|
|disasterNumber||Disaster Number||number||Sequentially assigned number used to designate an event or incident declared as a disaster. For more information on the disaster process, please visit https://www.fema.gov|
|state||State||string||The name or phrase describing the U.S. state, district, or territory|
|declarationType||Declaration Type||string||Two character code that defines if this is a major disaster, fire management, or emergency declaration. For more information on the disaster process, please visit https://www.fema.gov|
|declarationDate||Declaration Date||date||Date the disaster was declared|
|fyDeclared||FY Declared||number||Fiscal year in which the disaster was declared|
|incidentType||Incident Type||string||Type of incident such as fire or flood. The incident type will affect the types of assistance available. For more information on incident types, please visit https://www.fema.gov|
|declarationTitle||Declaration Title||string||Title for the disaster|
|ihProgramDeclared||IH Program Declared||boolean||Denotes whether the Individuals and Households program was declared for this disaster. For more information on the program, please visit https://www.fema.gov|
|iaProgramDeclared||IA Program Declared||boolean||Denotes whether the Individual Assistance program was declared for this disaster. For more information on the program, please visit https://www.fema.gov|
|paProgramDeclared||PA Program Declared||boolean||Denotes whether the Public Assistance program was declared for this disaster. For more information on the program, please visit https://www.fema.gov|
|hmProgramDeclared||HM Program Declared||boolean||Denotes whether the Hazard Mitigation program was declared for this disaster. For more information on the program, please visit https://www.fema.gov|
|incidentBeginDate||Incident Begin Date||date||Date the incident itself began|
|incidentEndDate||Incident End Date||date||Date the incident itself ended|
|disasterCloseoutDate||Disaster Closeout Date||date||Date all financial transactions for all programs are completed|
|fipsStateCode||FIPS State Code||string||FIPS two-digit numeric code used to identify the United States, the District of Columbia, US territories, outlying areas of the US and freely associated states|
|fipsCountyCode||FIPS County Code||string||FIPS three-digit numeric code used to identify counties and county equivalents in the United States, the District of Columbia, US territories, outlying areas of the US and freely associated states|
|placeCode||Place Code||string||A unique code system FEMA uses internally to recognize locations that takes the numbers '99' + the 3-digit county FIPS code. There are some declared locations that don't have recognized FIPS county codes in which case we assigned a unique identifier|
|designatedArea||Designated Area||string||The name or phrase describing the U.S. county that was included in the declaration|
|declarationRequestNumber||Declaration Request Number||string||Unique ID assigned to request for a disaster declaration|
|lastRefresh||Last Refresh||date||Date the record was last updated in the API data store|
|hash||Hash||string||MD5 Hash of the fields and values of the record|
|id||ID||string||Unique ID assigned to the record|