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OpenFEMA Dataset: FEMA Web Disaster Declarations - V1

This page documents the metadata for the Disaster Declarations for FEMA Website API data feed.

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This data set contains a list of FEMA recognized areas affected by a disaster, and the type of disaster assistance the area is eligible for.

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disaster, declaration, fema website

Data Fields

idIDstringUnique ID for the record that does not persist between data set refreshes
disasterNumberDisaster NumbernumberSequentially assigned number used to designate an event or incident declared as a disaster. For more information on the disaster process,
declarationTypeDeclaration TypestringDefines whether a disaster is a Major Disaster Declaration, Emergency Declaration, Fire Management Assistance Declaration, or Fire Suppression Authorization. For more information on the disaster process, please visit:
declarationDateDeclaration DatedateThe date the disaster was declared
disasterNameDisaster NamestringThe proper name or description of the disaster, i.e. HURRICANE MARIA, FLOODING, SEVERE STORMS
incidentBeginDateIncident Begin DatedateThe date the incident itself began
incidentEndDateIncident End DatedateThe date the incident itself ended
stateCodeState CodestringTwo letter code for U.S. states, districts, and territories
stateNameState NamestringThe name of phrase describing the U.S. state, district, or territory
incidentTypeIncident TypestringThe specific category for the disaster, i.e. Coastal Storm, Drought, Flood, Snow, Hurricane, Wildfire
entryDateEntry DatedateThe date the declared disaster was entered into NEMIS
updateDateUpdate DatedateThe date the disaster declaration data was last updated by NEMIS
closeoutDateCloseout DatedateThe official closeout date of a disaster, after which, one can no longer apply for assistance
hashHashstringMD5 Hash of the fields and values of the record
lastRefreshLast RefreshdateDate the record was last updated in the API data store
Last Updated: 
11/22/2019 - 08:50